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ERIC Number: ED524952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 87
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1558-1
The Conduit and Whirlpooling: A New Theory of Knowledge Constitution and Dispersion
Nzegwu, Azuka
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Binghamton
There is a new epistemological approach for exploring knowledge constitution and dispersal in a dynamic Web ecosystem. The approach has three pivots. The first presents virtual whirlpools as knowledge systems. The second introduces the creator of the system as the Conduit. The third formulates a theory of knowledge that involves the collective pooling of data within the system. In the virtual ecosystem, knowledge relies on a balance of acquired technical and creative acuity to influence processes and engagements. Such an approach is entirely different from the old conceptualization of the Web that construes knowledge as a stable collection of facts and ideas that are based on the ideologies of related disciplines and canons. Moving away from this mode of knowledge is the Theory of Whirlpooling, a model that I coin and develop to explain the dynamic constituting and whirling of ideas and data in an interactional, integrated knowledge system. The theory also introduces a useful and innovative set of parameters for analyzing and measuring the impact of a whirlpool. Open-source technologies are the methodological tool of analysis and knowledge constitution in the Web. The just completed live Africa Resource Center Whirlpool presents this dynamic pooling of knowledge and the shifting paradigm of knowledge constitution inside the dynamic ecosystem. Instead of knowledge on the Web being located in standalone websites or repositories, they are seamlessly integrated with related types of data, goods, and activities to create an interlocking scheme. The seamless, interlocking processes of the Africa Resource Center Whirlpool bucks the old conceptions of the Web composed of either static pages or fixed dynamic databases serving information. The standard conception of knowledge that animates our assumptions of the Web are re-conceptualized, re-imagined, and re-constructed to drive creation and development. The ability to create, alter, and distribute source codes facilitates the rapid expansion of the Web, by injecting fluidity and synergy to the Web. Being a Conduit, the conceptualizer of a whirlpool, is a vital task in the Web ecosystem as it requires the acquisition of specialized skills and training. Relevant skills-sets are needed in conceptualization and creation of an operational paradigm and the technical infrastructure of virtual whirlpools. The Conduit's process for inquiring, assessing, and engaging open-source tools, for integrating application and software into harmonious synergy, and for pooling myriad entities into seamless unity is essential to re-envisioning the principles and rules of interaction in the Web. The theoretical concept that I conceive as a virtual whirlpool, and that will continue to grow, facilitates a surge of pioneering research, theorizations, and interpretations that will eventually diffuse throughout the ecosystem. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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