Glossary
USHIN:
A decentralized network of collaborating independent sources co-evolving the ushin concept for the purpose of meeting real human needs openly & accountably.
ushin:
The concept of, or format defining, universal shared information.
USHIN, Inc.:
The founding nonprofit and owner of the U4U hosting website.
U4U:
The USHIN prototype that models specific categorization, communication and deliberation methods.
Ushers:
People who tag messages with USHIN elements, ushering points and queries with combinations of eight ushin tags.
Ushering:
A way to focus on one object at a time to view it from each of various directions, for clarity, simplicity and understanding.
Focus:
The central point around which other relevant points may appear to bring context through use of user input, filters and assessment of relevance, importance, popularity, and urgency.
Shapes:
8 different forms used in ushin to convey specific meanings of a message, its main point as well as related points.
Responsiveness:
The quality of sources who follow USHIN precepts and respond to requests following ushin communication protocols.
Semantic screens:
Displays that use meaning shapes and other visual cues to convey intent, relationships, expose nuances and allow comparison and analysis of message components by appearance, placement and movement of objects and text – a hallmark of ushin.
Sources of Information:
We who publish our original contributions to the digital commons are the sources of information. We are each individually responsive to our curators, who publish our contributions.The agreements are independent and private between sources and curators, however the curators have specific agreements for use of the ushin protocols and semantic screen.
Curators:
From the user perspective the role of curators are publishers, selectors, editors, and filters of information, doing quality control. Curators host and maintain the databases that make up the digital commons. In exchange for free use of the protocols and semantic screen the curators abide by USHIN terms of use.