Publications

(2006) The Information Commons Gazetteer: A Public Resource of Populated Places and Worldwide Administrative Divisions

May 01 2006
Authors: Peter Lucas, Magesh Balasubramanya, Dominic Widdows, Michael Higgins

Advances in location aware computing and the convergence of geographic and textual information systems will require a comprehensive, extensible, information rich framework called the Information Commons Gazetteer, that can be freely disseminated to small devices in a modular fashion.

Peter Lucas
Founding Principal
Magesh Balasubramanya
Research Engineer

(2005) The National Infrastructure for Community Statistics: Liberating Public GIS and Statistical Data

Aug 01 2005
Authors:

A collaboration between the Brookings Institution, 3 Rivers Connect, and MAYA Design, this paper describes some of the ways in which the Information Commons is being used as a public information space, combining geographic and socioeconomic data and building interfaces that practioners in a range of fields can use to access and understand information in ways the were previously impossible.

(2005) Pervasive Technology for Corpus-Based Research

May 01 2005
Authors: Peter Lucas, Dominic Widdows

Though electronic media have already revolutionized the way large texts are stored and accessed, research still follows a ‘one corpus, one location’ pattern.

Peter Lucas
Founding Principal

(2005) Distributed Knowledge Representation Using Universal Identity and Replication

Mar 01 2005
Authors: Peter Lucas, Jeff Senn, Dominic Widdows

This paper describes a pervasive, scalable, and extensible design for distributed information objects.

Peter Lucas
Founding Principal
Jeff Senn
Chief Technologist, Head of R&D

(2005) Roles in the Universal Database: Data and Metadata in a Distributed Semantic Network

Mar 01 2005
Authors:

This work begins with an assumption that a universal ontology is too difficult for humans to define once and for all: however, it may be possible for such an ontology to evolve in the marketplace, provided the underlying data-structure is flexible enough to permit such evolution.

Digital carvings: Brand totems for the emergence of infocentricity

Oct 01 2003
Authors: Bill Lucas, Michael Higgins

In a world in which the mere click of a mouse opens up an entire world of unimaginable richness of information, the concept of “infocentricity” is not difficult to grasp.

(2002) Toward the Universal Database: U-forms and the VIA Repository

Mar 01 2002

Just as the needs of distributed, network-centric computing have demanded new design patterns, tools, and abstractions, creating the Universal Database will similarly require an architectural discontinuity from current practice.

Peter Lucas
Founding Principal
Jeff Senn
Chief Technologist, Head of R&D

(2001) Mobile Devices and Mobile Data: Issues of Identity and Reference

Mar 01 2001
Authors: Peter Lucas

As we begin to develop architectures to guide the engineering of context-aware computing systems, we will need to apply significantly more precision to the notion of “context” than is afforded by common usage of this term.

Peter Lucas
Founding Principal

(2001) Polymorphic Collaboration: Beyond Relaxed WYSIWIS in Visage-Link

Mar 01 2001

Collaborative systems can be considered to occupy positions along a continuum from face-to-face meetings to abstract communication.

David Bishop
Lead Designer & Researcher
Peter Lucas
Founding Principal

(2000) Information Architecture and the Emergent Properties of Cyberspace

Mar 01 2000
Authors: Andy Norman, Peter Lucas

Some say the science of complex systems had to await the advent of computers.

Peter Lucas
Founding Principal