With Mediamatic Lab an experiment was executed. With Willem Velthoven and another friend, every paragraph of the dissertation was loaded separately into the Anymeta database. Anymeta was the predecessor of Ginger, built with the same principle that "everything is a thing".
As result the over 650 paragraphs had become distinct items in the database to which the author can add keywords. By adding keywords relations are created between different paragraphs at different locations in the dissertation.
Sometimes the keywords were already there, sometimes the author made new ones. When too many keywords were created, the author would merge keywords creating larger containers of meaning. Finally the set of keywords became fixed and one can argue that an ontology emerged.
It is now possible to surf through the dissertation. Paragraphs from chapter 6 seamlessly seem to match paragraphs from chapter 2 and 4.
Surfing this dissertation while being author of the text and being author of the metadata offers a very special experience to the author. As if one unfolds ones own thinking to oneself.
Please experience this at: ftp://dissertation.being-here.net
The dissertation included 2 case studies: the Galactic Hacker Party (1989) and the Seropositive Ball (1990)