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Vital Systems

1003 days ago
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Ontology / Semiotic Space / Information Science
Contextual Addressing
239 days ago
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Metamaps is an online environment for the radically enhanced cognition of individuals and communities, through realtime ideation, conversation, and sensemaking
Vital S Whether it’s business or personal, from the heart, or in the news,
every human is faced with massive complexity every day,
confronting our sense of clarity and understanding.
Metamaps offers a novel environment for engaging
complexity through conversation, ideation, and sensemaking* by
combining video and text chat and realtime collaborative network mapping.
185 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Vital Systems 185 days ago
Vital S April 16 2017
appear.in: ben, connor, rob, pegah, ishan
 1. Check-ins, personal update
 2. Looking forward - what excites us?
  •  smoothing things out for a solid and coherent UX
  • completing sensible upgrades and tweaks for open beta
  • community - learning, sharing, collaborating, building
  • next gen tech...interfaces, interop / distributed etc
 3. Clarifying goals for the rest of the year
  •  on track towards open beta 2018
  • (re-)articulate value proposition and personality
  • narrow or expand scope, or both?
  • design refresh in some key areas
  • homepage
  • new user onboarding
  • financial support or revenue streams
 4. Roles, tasks, needs to get there
 5. Unknowns? Obstacles? Gameshifts?
253 days ago
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Connor T
Well, well! A month and a half into 2017 and its never been clearer that we need better ways to get creative and make sense together :-) There's been a lot going on under the hood over the last year on Metamaps.cc. If you haven't been watching closely there's a lot to catch up on! Some of you might have noticed, but in case they slipped by you - Metamaps.cc now has:
  • Real-time audio + video + text chat within maps
  • Shared maps with invited collaborators and access requests, publicly and privately.
  • Starred maps (like 'favorites' that you can easily return to)
Vital S
  • Markdown formatting (including images) in Topic descriptions
  • Import/Export maps via .CSV and JSON files
Some other highlights include updated documentation and tips for using the platform (docs.metamaps.cc) and the launch of our API for developers (metamaps.cc/api). There's some exciting features coming this year that we're busy designing and prototyping, like map edit notifications, map history and new mapping modes that make it easier to work with our growing body of shared knowledge (discover, remix, present, and more).
Over the next few months you might notice that an interface element has changed, or something doesn't work like it used to. We're constantly working towards a more intuitive mapping experience, so enjoy the evolution, and don't hesitate to let us know what works and what doesn't. You can join the discussion, share ideas, and provide feedback in our new online community on the emerging Hylo platform!
If you're interested in the ever-evolving roadmap for Metamaps, comment or vote on our open trello board. We work on Metamaps as a distributed team in a radically open way, so If you want to track the work or get involved and contribute, you can visit our workspaces at Trello (for design) and Github (for coding). 
We are so grateful to every single one of our beta testers (that means you!). We appreciate the patience and feedback you're able to provide us. We deeply believe in the potential of Metamaps and the ideas, processes and theory behind it, not only to help individuals and groups think better together, but also to produce real and necessary productive social change. Thanks for being part of this grand experiment in collective intelligence. 
If you have the time, please reach out and say hi - we'd love to hear from you on Hylo, at team@metamaps.cc or @metamapps on Twitter; your feedback and support is essential to guiding our direction in 2017 and beyond. 
265 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Vital Systems 265 days ago
planning for engagement following platform update cycle
Vital S Action steps // pipeline:
  • Post to hylo
  • manual article highlights and elaboration / examples
  • Post to twitter
  • Organize live mapping sessions
  1. hylo
  1. Team presence and Network online
  1. building on the story and public presence of contributors
  1. cultivate community hubs and knowledge base
  1. showing our values/intentions in action
  1. visibility and access to collab space
335 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Vital Systems 335 days ago
  • scroll zoom on any map in firefox creates stutter image trail
Vital S
  • possible bug on firefox when labeling newly created maps per prompt there. If you enter a new label, it doesn't seem to register. Shows as "untitled map" if you go to explore page, or reload.
  • improve wording of alert when deleting maps to clarify: "...topics and synapses will not be deleted from the system, or other maps where they appear."
369 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Vital Systems 369 days ago
Session 1 - October 28th 2016
Vital S Title: Mapmaker Meetup...Sensemaking Sessions...Co-intelligence Roundtable...?
Invitation: Decentralized collaborative networks and platforms are proliferating and evolving. What's the current state of the 'art' and how can more people benefit by engaging with them? We'll circle up with a handful of practitioners and innovators to explore from several angles, including user experience, community facilitation, technical development, and overall standards/policy/protocols. 
Format: hangout on air, with two hosts and 3-5 guest 'panelists' - possible live mapping and audience interaction?
  1. setup and intros
  1. status check and minor background
  1. lines of inquiry and opportunity
  1. key questions / challenges
  1. tool & skill share / demo
  1. focalize next round

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