Thesis 1 Perspective
A perspective is like a blog post, in which the goal is to generate a narrative which explains all the details while wiring graph nodes into that narrative: as a blog post, it should not be edited by others; use conversation nodes for that.
Start date: 20130215
Latest edit: 20130215

Vision Statement

We believe that the availability of the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA), coupled with a powerful text indexing and processing server (Solr), which coupled with a particular approach to organizing the indexed resources (topic maps), all coupled with a rich domain of open source natural language processing (NLP) tools, makes it possible to craft a software agent framework with many of the capabilities of IBM's Watson. A blog post about the SolrSherlock project is here.

The project grows out of a much larger knowledge garden project, slides for which are found here.


We imagine our approach in terms of several steps to follow:
  • Harvest information resources into a topic map
  • Answer questions by navigating the topic map
  • Study the map for latent connections
The opening step in approach is to inject a society of agents into the Solr ecosystem, directly in Solr's response handler chain. Here, we posit an agent-based architecture necessary to support many tasks. One of the tasks entail maintaining the topic map by way of a merge agent; another task is that of building the topic map by way of harvesting agents. 


Issues are legion; at the highest level they include but are not limited to:

  1. Developer horsepower: the need for skilled, enthusiastic contributors
  2. Funding: the project will entail ISPs for serving the platform, professional contributions on really complex algorithms and coding
  3. Time: bandwidth to perform on the evolution of the platform

Our solutions, for the SolrSherlock project, are emerging at Github in relation to the primary components of the agent-based architecture:


OpenSherlock Project »OpenSherlock Project
Architecture Ideas »Architecture Ideas
Thesis 1: Couple SolrSherlock to a Topic Map »Thesis 1: Couple SolrSherlock to a Topic Map
Thesis 1 Perspective
Anticipatory Systems Perspective »Anticipatory Systems Perspective
Machine Reading Perspective »Machine Reading Perspective
Modeling and Simulation Perspective »Modeling and Simulation Perspective
Society of Agents Perspective »Society of Agents Perspective
Topic Maps Perspective »Topic Maps Perspective
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