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Argument Mapping:

  • a visual representation of the structure of an argument in informal logic. It includes the components of an argument such as a main contention, premises, co-premises, objections, rebuttals and lemmas. [source: wikipedia]

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Citizen Journalism:

  • Citizen journalism, also known as public or participatory journalism, is the act of citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information," according to the seminal report We Media: How Audiences are Shaping the Future of News and Information, by Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis. They say, "The intent of this participation is to provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires." Citizen journalism should not be confused with civic journalism, which is practiced by professional journalists. Citizen journalism is a specific form of citizen media as well as user generated content. [source: wikipedia]


  • similar to 'outsourcing' but refers to 'outsourcing' to the crowds. Eg. wikipedia.

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Data portability:

  • Philosophy As users, our identity, photos, videos and other forms of personal data should be discoverable by, and shared between our chosen (and trusted) tools or vendors. We need a DHCP for Identity. A distributed File System for data. The technologies already exist, we simply need a complete reference design to put the pieces together. Mission To put all existing technologies and initiatives in context to create a reference design for end-to-end Data Portability. To promote that design to the developer, vendor and end-user community

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Locative Media:

  • It is media based on location. "The term 'locative media' was coined by Karlis Kalnins[citations needed]. Locative media is closely related to augmented reality (reality overlaid with virtual reality) and pervasive computing (computers everywhere, as in ubiquitous computing). Yet, where augmented reality strives for technical solutions and pervasive computing is interested in embedded computers, locative media concentrates on social interaction with a place and with technology. Hence, many locative media projects have a social, critical or personal (memory) background." [wikipedia]

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  • Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment, often using 3D video-game technologies. By combining the techniques of filmmaking, animation production and the technology of real-time 3D game engines, Machinima makes for a very cost- and time-efficient way to produce films, with a large amount of creative control [source: the machinima faq ]


  • The term metaverse comes from Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel ”Snow Crash“, and is now widely used to describe the vision behind current work. [Source: wikipedia.org]
  • A Virtual World has game-like immersion and social media functionality without game-like goals. At its heart is a sense of presence with others at the same time and place. [from Metaversed.com]

The Metaverse is the convergence of
  1. virtually-enhanced physical reality and
  2. physically persistent virtual space.
  3. It is a fusion of both, while allowing users to experience it as either.
[Source: Metaverse roadmap]


  • Mind mapping (or concept mapping) involves writing down a central idea and thinking up new and related ideas which radiate out from the centre. By focussing on key ideas written down in your own words, and then looking for branches out and connections between the ideas, you are mapping knowledge in a manner which will help you understand and remember new information. [JCU Study Skills Oline]
  • The technique of arranging ideas and their interconnections visually -- a popular brainstorming technique.


  • Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is a genre of online computer role-playing games (CRPGs) in which a large number of players interact with one another in a virtual world. [wikipedia]


an acronym for MUD, a text-based online virtual reality system to which multiple users (players) are connected at the same time


  • MUD (Multi-User Dungeon, Domain or Dimension) is a multi-player computer game that combines elements of role-playing games, hack and slash style computer games and social chat rooms. Typically running on an Internet server or bulletin board system, the game is usually text-driven, where players read descriptions of rooms, objects, events, other characters, and computer-controlled creatures or non-player characters (NPCs) in a virtual world. [wikipedia]

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  • Passively Multiplayer Online Games take MMOs and feed them our everyday activities.

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Semantic web:

  • The Semantic Web is The Semantic Web is a web of data., and it is about two things. It is about common formats for
    Semantic Web - W3C
    integration and combination of data drawn from diverse sources, where on the original Web mainly concentrated on the interchange of documents. It is also about language for recording how the data relates to real world objects. That allows a person, or a machine, to start off in one database, and then move through an unending set of databases which are connected not by wires but by being about the same thing. [from the W3C semantic web activities pages]

Smart Mob:

  • Ubiquitous mobile phones connected to the Internet

Social graph:

  • global mapping of everybody and how they are related. [read also Thoughts on Social Graph] While social graph is a term specifically used on Facebook, it has become more widely used.

Social Media:
  • Describes the online technologies and practices that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives with each other. [wikipedia]

Social networking:

  • "social networking analysis views social relationships in termso f nodes and ties. Nodesare the individual actors within the networks, and ties are relationships between the actors'" [Source: Wikipedia and quoted in Linux Journal Nov 07, Raising the Social Tide'.]
  • Social networking is a phenomena defined by linking people to each other in some way [topicguru.net]
  • Communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others, and which necessitates the use of software. [wikipedia]

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Tagging and Bookmarking:

A tag is an online bookmark.

  • A tag cloud (or weighted list in visual design) is a visual depiction of content tags used on a website. Tags are typically listed alphabetically, and tag frequency is shown with font size or color. [1] Thus both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. The tags are usually hyperlinks that lead to a collection of items that are associated with that tag. [wikipedia]

  • Folksonomy (also known as collaborative tagging , social classification, social indexing, social tagging, and other names) is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content. In contrast to traditional subject indexing, metadata is not only generated by experts but also by creators and consumers of the content. Usually, freely chosen keywords are used instead of a controlled vocabulary.[wikipedia]

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  • User generated content

User generated content (UGC, often hyphenated), also known as Consumer Generated Media (CGM) [1] or User created Content (UCC) [2], refers to various kinds of media content, publicly available, that are produced by end-users. [wikipedia]

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Virtual Communitites:

  • "A virtual community, e-community or online community is a of people that primarily interact via communication media such as letters, telephone, email or Usenet rather than face to face. If the mechanism is a computer network, it is called an online community. Virtual and online communities have also become a supplemental form of communication between people who know each other primarily in real life. Many means are used in social software separately or in combination, including text-based chatrooms and forums that use voice, video text or avatars. Significant socio-technical change may have resulted from the proliferation of such Internet-based social networks." [wikipedia]

Virtual Goods

  • an emerging market opportunity for virtual goods and economies. Once restricted to the world of online gaming, virtual goods and currencies are beginning to influence the development of social networks, community sites, and many other new and exciting markets. [source: virtual goods summit]


  • Virtual Reality Markup Language. A scripting language that allows for the creation of three-dimensional "worlds" that the user can explore. An internet standard for rendering 3D graphics.