Preface

Table of Contents
Conzilla
This article
Acknowledgements

Conzilla

Conzilla[1] is the first incarnation of the concept browser idea as developed by the Garden of Knowledge project at Centre for User Oriented IT-design, CID.

CID is an interdisciplinary research group and academy-industry collaboration centre, which is located at the department of Numerical Analysis and Computing Science (NADA) at KTH, Stockholm. At CID, there is a unique blend of knowledge from fields such as pedagogy, computer science, mathematics, art and design as well as cognitive and behavioral science. CID is engaged in a multitude of projects that aim to develop Information and Communication Technology based tools of various kinds.

Today, the activities at CID are divided into three major areas of research and development called respectively Smart Things and Environments, Digital Worlds and Interactive Learning Environments. The initial project within the latter field was the Garden of Knowledge (GoK) project, which was initiated by Ambjörn Naeve in 1996.

The Garden of Knowledge is the name of a multi-mediated learning-tool project which aims to develop IT-supported methods to create an interdisciplinary understanding of the perceptual and conceptual world, and to develop an educational framework for the creation of interactive and individualized forms of learning experiences.

Conzilla is the first prototype of the idea of a "concept browser", which is currently under continuous development at CID. In short, a concept browser tries to present the conceptual relationships between a set of concepts in the form of surfable "concept maps", and to allow the surfer to, separately, engage in content describing these concepts. The details and the merits of this idea are thoroughly described in [cid52], and there is no room here to further discuss this.

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This section was adapted from [cid52].