The reality of work today is fragmented; people have varied habits, preferences, and ways of working that lead them to use different tools and organize data differently. People’s work habits also change over time as new technologies emerge and circumstances change. We save knowledge and information in different structures, in different systems, and with different limitations. The resulting fragmentation and difficulty accessing and managing information ultimately contributes to a lack of clarity at the operational level, which in turn makes it harder for employees to (1) get up to speed on a new team or project, (2) effectively document process and outcomes on projects and initiatives, and (3) leverage previous knowledge to make the best decisions and improve innovation capability.
Comake’s core is made up of a series of algorithms that take disparate historical archives of information and interconnect the isolated components within each archive into a nodal data structure called the Comake Graph. These algorithms build associations by looking at the activity, past and present, of its users within the data archives and within the systems used to access the data. By generating, maintaining, and understanding the context around data (a.k.a. work), Comake becomes a living Knowledge Base and more than a simple index of projects, files, communication, and people. The distinction between an index and the Comake Graph can be partially explained with Vannevar Bush’s words in his influential “As WeMay Think” essay:
The real heart of the matter of selection, however, goes deeper than a lag in the adoption of mechanisms by libraries, or a lack of development of devices for their use. Our ineptitude in getting at the record is largely caused by the artificiality of systems of indexing. When data of any sort are placed in storage, they are filed alphabetically or numerically, and information is found (when it is) by tracing it down from subclass to subclass…The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain… Selection by association, rather than indexing, may yet be mechanized.
Vannevar Bush in his 1945 essay As We May Think
We offer data mapping services in order to act as a force multiplier on productivity and innovation capability. We DO NOT sell your data or serve you ads. Your tabs, history index, and other sensitive data stay on your device unless you opt-in to sync it to the cloud; and when you do so, your data is encrypted and only used to help you and collaborators access information across devices. Learn more here.