Thursday, June 23, 2005

Harvesting key terms from subject profiles

Facts/Associations listed when profiling subjects (see profiling subjects and profiling subjects with pangram trigger) can be used to harvest key terms/concepts etc. Here is a list of information resulting from the two profiling exercises:

Wimbledon tournament:

The dew that falls onto court overnight: Moisture (humidity) in the air: Sweat: Officials who stay there overnight: The foundations of the court/site: The end of the tournament: Pans used to cook food: Criticism of players: Looking for the stars of the future: People in the crowd who are very knowledgeable: Players' coaches: Umpires: Baths/showers used by players: Rain: Saturation media coverage: Ex stars: Past tournaments: Players past relationships: How people get to the site: Where the tournament is going (long term plans): The journey of players from their hotels: Players running during games: Unbeaten runs: The longevity of the tournament

When a player disagrees with the umpire's decision: Discussions on who will win the tournament: The discussions between TV commentators: Charity collectors on site: 'Sponsorship' - the labels the players choose to wear: The raising of funds by tournament organizers: Players that are still teenagers: Teenagers in the crowd: The 'teenage years' of the actual tournament: How do tennis players choose their raquet?: How much life is there in an average tennis ball?: Technology used in making decisions: Portraits of past winners at the Wimbledon complex: The photographs taken by the press at the event: The art that players have at home: Music the players like: Famous people in the crowd: Players with unconventional styles: Players with long hair: The effect that hair has on body temperature and thus performance: Players that do 'zany' things away from court - play in bands etc: The final: The winning shot in a match: What time the crowd leave: Exciting games: Air quality: How the players relax/get motivated during their break: The windows at the tournament venue: Viewing distance from court: The computers that make decisions: Vets in the crowd: Veteran players: Who are the oldest/youngest players in the tournament?: Players that smoke: Where the crowd can go if they smoke: Fast servers

Ultimately what constitutes a 'key term' is a matter of opinion, but for me this would be principle terms relevant to the subject. From the information above I would suggest:

Courts: officials: tournament: food: players: crowd: coaches: umpires: rain: media: stars: games: winners : commentators: site: sponsorship: prize money: organisers: raquet: ball: decisions: event: final: match: venue: serve

Each of these areas would be a good place to start when moving from profiling to creating ideas. It is also possible to further profile each of the key terms. (As discussed in profiling subjects post the act of profiling a subject if often enough to generate ideas - particularly when a focus is very specific. (There is a discussion of this in Serious Creativity by Edward de Bono))

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