Building insightful knowledge-sharing apps

What can ants, bees, and brains teach us about building better technologies for sharing knowledge?

Methods of capturing and sharing knowledge have come a long way from using blogs, wikis, and content management systems. All these technologies do a fairly good job accumulating content and data, but not much when it gets to connecting all the relevant information together in real-time and in a seamless fashion.

What if we could build knowledge systems that became more insightful in real-time as they were being used by people? Our brains make sense of our surroundings by associating different bits of information. How can we apply the design principles found in nature to build better knowledge systems?

Rastin Mehr is the founder of the open-source Anahita platform. In this session, he will be talking about how his understanding of brain physiology, hive insects, and social networks led to the architecture of the Anahita platform and how other projects could utilize the same design principles in their architecture.

The technical jargon and code talk have been minimized to accommodate the non-technical audience.

Speaker’s Bio

Rastin Mehr is the founder of rmdStudio, an open-source Anahita platform, a former development workgroup member at Joomla! CMS, 2X Google Summer of Code mentor, and a Mozilla WebFWD alumni.

Twitter: @rastin

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