KHNUM, a methaphor

When according to the ancient Egyptian myth the god Toth started his work of creation, the sound “Noun” originated and from this arose 4 male and 4 female gods. For this reason the city of Thoth was called Khnum, the City of Eight. The eight gods made the world originate by their word. Khnum was thereby worshipped in some regions of Egypt, as the creator of the world or as the god of creativity.

At first the database was called Khnum. Later on the name was changed in Design Semantics Database or DSD.

The eight-division lies at the basis of the structure on which the DSD is built. The metaphor of the city also tells something about the DSD that consists of 8 x 8 = 64 clusters of meaning. The application makes it possible to pass through these groups, to browse and to discover shifts of meaning, as you can travel through a city, from neighborhood to neighborhood.