Active Reading Machine Requirements

For this project, you are to design an Active Reading Machine. An active reading machine is one of the new information appliances of digital libraries. Active reading machines eliminate the "search and print" model of digital library interaction by providing an alternative based solely on digital media.

Answer each of the following in a separete set of one or more web pages:

  1. Desktop computers fail to support many key aspects of knowledge work. Describe these aspects and give scenarios that make your point.
  2. Reading encompasses a broad range of complex and poorly understood practices involving documents. It is this set of practices that is supported in the active reading machine. Describe these practices and give scenarios that make your point.
  3. The desktop metaphor has many shortcomings and is generally inappropriate for an active reading machine. Describe these shortcomings and give scenarios that make your point.
  4. A paper document metaphor is more appropriate than the desktop metaphor for an active reading machine. Design and describe the paper-based metaphor for your active reading machine and give scenarios that make your point.
  5. Design and describe your active reading machine information appliance. Include a detailed original illustrated drawing (done by me with arrows and notes).

Turning your project:

You should simply send the URL of your project to me. I will browse your project from the WWW and print out anything I would like to read on paper. I will send your grade via email.

Notes:

This is an important project which carries 1/4 of the Labs & Pop Test points.
I am expecting approximately 10 "pages" of writing /drawing.


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