Gathering around an exploding mountain
January 31st, 2006

Among the earliest mobbing that occurred as the Internet proliferated was the linking together of scholars and scientists around the subjects they share. There is a page at the Alaska Volcano Observatory that demonstrates the state of that art as 2006 begins. The page is a node linking to information about the Augustine volcano in Cook Inlet, Alaska which has been erupting continuously since January 28. The illustration above is from the Augustine webcam that posts a new picture every 5 minutes. Hourly observation reports are listed with an XML link. Seismic data is posted as a graph. Dozens of photographs are available in a file. These are only samples of the eruption of information on the page, and the page is linked to reports of past activity and relevant websites.

I found my way into the active Augustine webpage through the Earth and Space Sciences homepage at the University of Washington. The academics at this university have led the web mobbing of knowledge in their field for a long time. They are intellectual mobbers who got smart a long time ago about the sharing and emerging of knowledge online.

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