First Workshop on Spatial Hypertext
August 14, 2001
Spatial Hypertext has been an important hypertext research topic since
its inception with the first well-known spatial hypertext system, VIKI,
which appeared in 1994. Since that time a number of other spatial hypertext
systems have appeared: Web Squirrel, CAOS, and VKB among others, and the
spatial hypertext research is widely cited. The moment is opportune
to bring together researchers in this field for a specific meeting on the
subject of spatial hypertext. Among the expected topics would be:
Spatial hypertext systems in progress
User experience with spatial hypertext
Spatial hypertext implementation issues
Integrating spatial hypertext with other hypertext frameworks and other
software environments generally
Rhetoric issues posed by spatial hypertext
Goals for the workshop include:
Surveying the state and variety of research areas in spatial hypertext
Providing guidance to spatial hypertext system implementers from user experience
Surveying spatial hypertext for open questions and future research directions
Providing a framework for broadening the reach of spatial hypertext by
integrating it with the software environment generally
Spatial hypertext system implementers, hypertext framework integrators,
users of spatial hypertexts, writers and researchers on hypertext rhetoric
working in spatial hypertext, hypertext researchers generally interested
in alternative models of structure, researchers in structural computing.
Each accepted position paper will be briefly presented at the workshop.
Sessions will be organized around spatial hypertext themes with the goal
of leaving most of the time for discussion of issues between participants.
At least part of the session will be devoted to demonstations of tools/applications
if there is interest among the participants.
Frank Shipman, Texas A&M University, is a senior hypertext researcher
and one of the original authors on the VIKI project. He is currently the
principal investigator on the VKB project, which is a successor to VIKI,
and is supervising PhD research in spatial hypertext. He is the author
or co-author of numerous important papers in spatial hypertext, one of
which received the Engelbart best paper award at Hypertext 99.
Jim Rosenberg, Grindstone PA, is an independent poet and hypertext researcher
who has been executing spatial hypertexts since 1988. He is the author
of several papers of relevance to this area, two of which were nominated
for the Engelbart best paper award at Hypertext 96 and 98.