Selected Works of Heiner Benking
- What Futurists Think
- Robust Paths to Global Stability
- Global Change - an integral Agenda
- Interfaces for Cultural Heritage: Cultural Dimensions of Interspaces
- Global Workspaces of the Mind - explores ways how to construct and share realities
- Augmented Understanding with Extra Dimensions & Spaces
- A Humane Information Society or Information War? - The paper assesses the impact of global multi-media information and communication technologies on how we reason and co-operate. It argues for shared frameworks for orientation as confusion increases with the volume and questionable purpose, quality and origin of messages. The focus is on how we organise and transform knowledge by accommodating different positions and perspectives. The question is how societies address the all so natural tendencies of trying to control fields of knowledge and interests and secure transparency and exchange of ideas and information.
The paper reviews
- tools in communication and knowledge management,
- how we should design and use them in a way that secures transparency, and
- whether the image schemas of humans and the systems we create, are compatible and comparable. Another focus is on how we see new potentials and challenges, such as virtual realities and cyberculture.
- KnowMap: The Knowledge Management, Auditing and Mapping Magazine
- Visual Access Strategies for Multi-Dimensional Objects and Issues - Presentation of a spacio-temporal or subject access and visualisation method to allow coherent indexing and retrieval of entities, attributes, and processes in a nature-socio-economical-ecological context. Focusing on visualisation and conceptualisation powers of mankind, an approach to reduce the semantic and terminological problematique is recommended which exploits the visualisation and imagination potentials by introducing a spacial graphical user interface. This will increase awareness about scales and help to develop some "feeling" for complex multi-factorial issues, like environmental management. Prerequisite is learning to conceptualise fictive images and to navigate within and between domains which can not be perceived directly. Interdisciplinarity and interaction within and between scales can thereby be measured and better communicated. A prerequisite for addressing ecological questions with advanced reduction, selection, visualisation, and fusion technologies. A basic prerequisite is the training and early development of the power of imagination, of visualisation and conceptualisation capabilities. This is to be considered an extrasenory or feeling for ecological concerns, consequences and scales involved. Only if "human imaginations and computations" are plausible and sensible an increased awareness can develop to reduce actions with questionable results.
- Harmonization of Environmental Measurement - A wealth of data on the state of the environment is being created in innumerable programmes world-wide. Optimal use of this data requires that information on its existence is available, that it can be readily accessed and - most important- that the data be compiled and classified in a compatible way. Achieving this is the basic aim of harmonization of environmental measurement. Although great care is generally taken to harmonize data collected within programmes, harmonization between programmes remains a major goal for the future. In 1989 UNEP established an office as a basis for the planned Harmonization of Environmental Measurement Project under the auspices of the Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS). The office describes the mission, rationale, and objectives of the project and the concepts underlying the harmonization of information on the environment collected at different levels and in different programmes.