From Personal to Social Knowledge Graphs: a vision statement

if a Personal Knowledge Graph is to be useful it cannot exist in a vacuum


PKGs are usually just one of an array of tools which thinkers, particularly writers, must cobble together

My first braindump of the chapter’s Introduction follows

Ecosystem at a Glance

  • Thinking Management Tool (centre): each is a Personal Knowledge Graphs (PKG), and is either hosted on or self-hosted using the MyHub open-source toolkit.
  • Each PKG is designed around a content pipeline, and provided dedicated writing productivity tools to help its Editor transform ideas, notes, bookmarks — all the messy content of a Personal Knowledge Graph — into published articles.
  • Published articles appear on the PKG’s public-facing edge: the Editor’s Hub, blog, newsletter or other personal website
  • Both the public sites and selected content from the private Libraries are networked together on the Fediverse using the ActivityPub standard, creating a personalised, decentralised Social Knowledge Graph of both Followers and Friends
  • The Thinking Management Tool also provides natural language processing services from AI algorithms, which operate both on individual PKGs and across each Editor’s Social Knowledge Graph
  • All data is stored on Solid Pods to maximise each Editor’s privacy and control over their data
  • The ecosystem is driven by an innovative, ad-free business model, and managed (maybe) by a DAO.

What’s the Fediverse?

  1. any user on any Fediverse app can follow and interact with users on any other Fediverse app, on any other server. This would be like if my Twitter account followed your Facebook account, yet we could still interact seamlessly, from inside our preferred app.
  2. that’s because Fediverse apps are not owned by surveillance capitalism corporations who want to trap you in a walled garden and feed your privacy to advertisers: anyone can launch a Fediverse server, just like anyone can set up an email server and send an email to anyone else, on any other email server, using the open email standard.
  3. while users on each server can talk to anyone on any server, each server can have its own rules (privacy, hate speech, etc), rather than enforcing one content moderation standard on 3 billion people. And if you don’t like your server, you can move to another one without losing touch with your friends, so noone’s locked in.

the Fediverse is one single large network, but allows Small is Beautiful communities within it


Today’s alpha version

Launch video, from the launch post (2020).

Tomorrow’s open-source toolkit

Your Hub’s CMS: a Thinking Management System for writers

A thinking tool for your CMS

make your public website a seamless extension of your private, AI-powered thinking tool

A PKG which supports writing

The only person who can read your knowledge graph is you… But getting from a messy graph of interlinked notes to a linear text is hard — it’s called writing

Content pipeline: providing the through-line for writers

  • public content (right) appears on your Hub or other public site.
    Not shown: While Editors can of course share wherever they wish, all content is automatically shared to all Fediverse accounts (Hubs, Mastodon, etc.) following the Hub. Each Hubs also has an enewsletter, and automatically creates an RSS feed for every collection of content.
  • The rest is private content. Most of it resides in your Library: both your own notes, overviews and drafts, as well as high-quality content you have curated from elsewhere, with your notes. Everything is tagged.
  • Some of that curated content comes from your Reading Queue — stuff you’ve identified as worth reading. You store it in your Library by tagging and (ideally) annotating it in your words.
  • Some of content in your Reading Queue, moreover, comes from your Inbox. Content appears there because it was published by one of your Priority Sources (not shown): an external content stream (eg enewsletter, Twitter list, Fediverse account) which the Editor has prioritised because it provides particularly valuable, relevant content to an area of interest (eg, a subject the Editor is researching and writing).
  • Other content also gets into your Library by curating it direct from the source website, using your Hub’s bookmarklet (see MyHub FAQ).
  • The entire process is managed using the Thinking Management Tool, which provides a range of supporting AI algorithms (not shown).

A Solid Social Knowledge Graph

Friends and Followers

Multilevel social knowledge graph

  • your Hub (centre)
  • content published by your Priority Sources — Hubs and other Fediverse accounts you Follow, RSS feeds, Twitter accounts and lists, enewsletters — entering your Inbox (left)
  • the content you publish entering your Followers’ Inboxes (right)
  • centre: from inside your Library, you can also access relevant content inside your Friends’ Libraries which they selected to share with their Friends, and vice versa.

your personal Knowledge Graph, connected to the Knowledge Graphs of those whose judgement you respect via a writing-oriented thinking tool

A data union, built on Solid foundations

Where’s the AI?

From FAQ: How is MyHub free & without ads? What’s your business model? (2020). Since then more AI training opportunities have been identified.

Business model

AI as a service

no need to mine users’ data or sell ads

Premium services and platform

What’s a DAO, and why’s there a cryptocurrency?

  • DAOs are decentralised software programmes run on the blockchain, which means they can carry out preprogrammed operations without human intervention. Among other things, this enables perfect strangers to work together in a climate of trust towards shared goals.
  • Many of those operations involve manipulating an associated cryptocurrency: tokens, stored on the blockchain.
  • Solid hosting services and editing tools,
  • basic & premium templates (Thinking Tools, Hubs, Blogs…)
  • AI algorithmic services (auto-classification, auto-summary, etc.), trained by users and visitors as they use the platform, and sold to external clients.

users can earn tokens as they use the platform

Conclusion: OpenWeb from A-to-Z

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