I coined techeology a while ago to talk about a particular phenomenon that is quite strong in our space.

It is formed from a conflation of technology and ideology. And I use it where it seems that ideology, rather than engineering or identified requirements, is driving a technical discussion.

Conversations around the semantic web, RDF, and related issues are often techeological for example. Indeed, wherever grand conception meets pragmatic resistance, the discussion will become techeological. Think of OSI and CORBA.

Comments: 8

Aug 15, 2005
Roy Tennant

The semantic web and RDF are good examples of techeology, as is the open source movement. I guess that explains why I have so much trouble with RDF and the semantic web. I haven't yet converted to the religiion (or drunk the kool-aid).

Aug 15, 2005
Walt Crawford

The only problem with "techeology" is that it suggests, to me at least, a third source word--one that's definitely at play in the semantic web, and maybe open source: Theology. Or maybe that's semi-intentional?

Aug 15, 2005

Yes, Walt. Theology was in my mind for obvious reasons. In fact, I had tried to splice theology and ideology but you end up with either theology (!) or theodology which do not work as well.

Incidentally, I use "ontology recapitulates ideology" occasionally when discussing classification/ontologies etc. It tends not to have much of an impact ;-)

Aug 15, 2005

"ontology recapitulates ideology"

That is excellent Lorcan! It would either have me rolling on the floor laughing or vigorously nodding my head in agreement depending on the context in which used.

But yes, I doubt it would "have much of an impact" on many folks.

Aug 16, 2005
Dorothea Salo

I rather like "theodology." One could use one of those gorgeous antique theodolites to symbolize it...

But yes, "techeology" is a wonderful word that I plan to add to my vocabulary immed -- that is, as soon as my weblog is back up and running (don't even ask; I'll only spit flames).

Aug 16, 2005
Dorothea Salo

Though, come to think of it, "theodolatry" might be even better...

Aug 16, 2005

This is useful; I am currently trying to tease out the impulse that some librarians/bloggers have towards criticism of their colleagues who aren't on the cutting edge of technology. The ideophile in me collides with the technophile in them. Would you call that techeology?

Aug 17, 2005
Lorcan Dempsey

If I understand right, I think so. I think that RSS, for example, is very valuable, but it is not an end in itself.