Information models have structure. They represent one’s vision. They also include information about the world. They connect bits of data to create frameworks for managing the complexity so that we can make better decisions with facts. They make information accessible… they create order; from what is often chaos.
This site is part of a structure that puts information into context and builds a framework to represent a future vision of where information modeling is heading. As you read Makers of the Environment, you will find three interwoven paths to guide your way:
1. The Narrative Index creates the opportunity to map out your personal path through the book. People use information models differently. They approach them from differing viewpoints. They have different needs. A community leader evaluating new sidewalks needs different views of her information model than would a builder trying to schedule when to bring in the concrete finishers. Use the Narrative Index to read the book in the sequence that seems right. Feel free to explore elements that appeal, circling back to the storyline as it suits your exploration.
2. The second path involves Microsoft TAGs and this website. Where more data or the wisdom of others might improve understanding, the book links to external information via your web-enabled device, using tags. Those reading the book on a web-enabled reader, such as an iPad, find links taking them to the same places.
- The Microsoft TAGS set up direct links to more information, think of them as a glossary on steroids.
- They allow the reader to look at the broad ideas and possibilities, or to use the printed book or e-book as a technical text for educators or others learning the subject in more depth. Think of the book as a 3D symbolic model with links to underlying data.
- They allow updating of connected information as things change and offer the possibility of direct communication with the reader. Think of them as a database connection that, over time can access an ever-richer representation of information
3. Finally, the book is designed around a series of connected near-future usage scenarios. The scenarios are built around technology and processes that exist today or that can credibly be projected from today’s tools and the environment. They are fictional projections and not case studies. Think of these design futures as individual information models much like the Revit or Archicad models that architects and contractors build.
The design futures include rich information, show how to take advantage of existing tools and allow just in time decision-making, but they may not yet be realized. The people in these scenarios are archetypes of the people who manage similar issues today. Many specializations built around information are rapidly folding together as experts realize the power and possibilities that information modeling brings to the built environment. This is happening in a context that increases public access and makes data more democratic and useful.
As in the best of today’s building information models, this book approaches the data from many viewpoints, with different media and many levels of detail, all intended to amuse and educate about the power of information to improve the world.
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