Creating a browsable store of knowledge that provides something useful at all distance scales (e.g. viewing the entire library, just a subcategory, a single file, etc.)

For example, dictionaries cut indentations into the pages to help you find the neighborhood of your entry then let you flip along glancing at guide words to finish your search.

Can we create skimmable views on data? Perhaps a spatially-anchored overview of the different ‘branches’ of knowledge

Engelbart Zoom

Engelbart on HyperScope

Hyperscope is a browsing tool that enables most of the viewing and navigating features called for in Doug Engelbart’s open hyperdocument system framework (OHS) to support dynamic knowledge repositories

Semantic Zoom


Our field of view (or context) on all of that data is defined by the interfaces we use. Rigid, pre-packaged interfaces don’t let us move our field of view around, should we wish to get a different vantage point on some data we care about.