Flash Cards | Snoogledort

How do you know when something is insignificant and solitary enough to be data, and when it is robust enough to be information? What do you call that? Now it has a name.

WHAT?!
The world is made up of vast pieces.  One culture might see the pieces and patterns in one way, while another culture might see them as something else.  Those pieces might seem innocuous enough when they are small, but when data becomes information and information coalesces into knowledge, and knowledge binds with other knowledge into knowledge systems and so on, little differences can mean a lot.

Knowing how the pieces break down gives us a better way to approach the whole mass of interconnected wisdom the world has accumulated.  When you are building applications that share knowledge, you’d better know the difference between the accelerator and the brake.

WHY?
The term Snoogledort exists because as GroundWorkers were trying to work through difficult problems of application planning, it became important to know when something stopped existing unto itself and when it participated in a greater purpose or meaning.

Snoogledort has no meaning.  Neither do its pieces have meaning.  It might as well have come from Dr. Seuss.  Its lack of specific meaning and its place in the “sequence of assembly” (data » information » knowledge » knowledge systems » meaning » purpose » beliefs » ethos/belief systems » Nature of Being), make it a term that can be invoked when problems of language and meaning arise in a way that defies proper examination.

It exists to indicate problems of meaning.  There may be more vetted terms which accommodate the same, but this one term applies to a unique set of circumstances.  In so doing, it also invokes questions of labeling, of effect, and of connectivity.  It’s a word that gives us unique access to a concept.  Unique because the very word’s structure and behavior speaks to the muddled subject which it veils.

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