The Pattern Management Project
As an aerospace systems engineer for more than 30 years, I have collected
a long list of seemingly unsolvable information management problems.
- Vast amounts of incoming data whose structure you cannot control.
- Patterns in unstructured data that people would find then lose and need to find again.
- The need to make small changes to somebody else's unstructured data to make data useful.
- Obvious relationships you need to record between pieces of unstructured data.
- The need to view unstructured data in various ways so you can find patterns.
- Small pieces of critical data that get lost in a sea of unstructured data.
- Unstructured data forced into a badly selected structure that destroys the original data.
I have worked with many people who are leading experts in disciplines
which involve complex asymmetric information that is nearly impossible to memorize.
These experts use similar techniques for managing large unstructured asymetric data, by interacting
with pre-defined visual patterns whose details are filled in by someone or something else.
The subconscious manages data directly as patterns and communicates most effectively with others using just patterns.
The future of computing will require information systems that interact with people using reliably managed patterns.