Terms

2. General Terms

2. Direct Introductory Strategy explains the System to first time users. Direct Strategy is the default mode when we enter the system. Direct Strategy differs from the opening interface in Google in two ways: 1. Fields Google has one field to enter words. SUMS has six fields. These fields help the system a) to know where to search. For example, if we type a name in Who? SUMS will a) go to Names lists (authors, organisations). b) to adjust the Choices in the Choices Box. In the case of Who? the Choices Box shows 1. Names 2. Bios 3. Biographies 4. Titles In the case of What? the Choices Box shows: 1. Terms 2. Definitions 3. Explanations 5. Titles 2. Multi-Level Hyperlinks Google has one results list which is effectively a one to many hyperlink. SUMS offers a initial series of 4 levels of links for the same word. For instance, if we type in the word Geography under What? clicking on the four Knowledge Choices or K Choices gives us 4 different results 1. Terms finds Geography Terms, Geography glossaries 2. Definitions finds Geography Definitions in Dictionaries 3. Explanations finds Geography Explanations in Encyclopedia 5. Titles finds Geography Titles online and in libraries. We can of course do exactly the same in Google, but we would need to make a new search for each of the items. So the power of SUMS lies more efficient interfaces using the same algorithms as other systems. In Direct Strategy we effectively have a SUMS system with a database of one word which we have just typed in ourselves. When we choose a specific Knowledge Package (e.g. Perspective, New Media or New Models) the system shifts to 3. Personal Terms Strategy.
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