LIS W385T.6/Summer 1998/Leggett/Active Reading Machine/25 points
Due date: June???? at class time
For this project, your 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 separate set of one or more web pages:
Desktop computers fail to support many key aspects of knowledge work. Describe
these aspects and give scenarios that make your point.
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.
The desktop metaphor has many shortcomings and is generally inappropriate for an
active reading machine. Describe these shortcomings and give scenarios that make
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.
Design and describe your active reading machine information appliance. Include a
detailed original illustrated drawing.
Turning in 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.
This is an important project which carries 1/4 of the homework points.
I am expecting approximately 10 "pages" of writing/drawing.