Dr Paul Duignan on Outcomes: I've made an attempt at mocking-up Hickson's Futures Periodic Table in DoView (see posting below on the Futures Periodic Table). I was wanting to see if DoView would add value to what Hickson is trying to do.

Have a click around in the webpage version of this below (how you put a DoView up on the web as a webpage version is described here). Or have a look at the PDF of it. Note that I've only mocked-up part of Hickson's Table. 

A full webpage version of the Futures Table would enable people to navigate through it and drill down to more detail about each trend he has identified.

One of the coolest things about the Futures Table is that it lets you examine issues that relate to a set of different 'elements' (trends). You can then look at what the implications arising from these might be.

This could be done in DoView by putting a page in for each of these 'issues' and then cloning onto the page the elements (trends) from the Table which are being considered in relationship to that issue. An example is given in the mocked-up DoView below.

In thinking about ways in which you could use Hickson's Table, it occurred to me that you could use it to assess the comprehensiveness of any futures studies document or strategic plan. 

You could put in boxes which represent the topics dealt with in the strategic planning document and then show which of the elements (trends) these relate to. You can do this in DoView using DoView's cross-page linking and then you can visualize the result using DoView Line-of-Sight analysis to see which parts of the Table are being covered off in the document. If you are interested in how to do this, have a look at this two minute video on how cross-page linking and line-of-sight analysis is done in DoView.

As I said in my previous blog posting, if you are using DoView in any way for future studies, let us know.

Paul Duignan, PhD. You can follow me on Twitter.com/PaulDuignan or contact me here.

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