RESTRUCTURING EXPERT LAY PARTICIPATION


Explicitly the sociopolitical issue in the Goose database is the institutional divide bt expert and lay interpretation. If the internet can facilitate radically new structures of participation, engaging many people who may have been excluded by geography or credential, then this has been poorly exploited in the realm of database based translation work. The OOZ database is an experiment that could, if implemented well, generate decisive evidence that open models of interpretation are not only politically desirable but more effective than AI informed methods, or closed models of expertise. Although this has been theorized extensively (see Jean Lave et al, Brown and Dugiud, Benkler, Shirky, Latour, et al ) there are few, if any empirical demonstrations of this. The results of this sociopolitical experiment of the GOOSE OOZ database could be tremendously important.

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