Walden’s Paths

 – Walden’s Paths v4

Walden’s Paths is a long-running project that seeks to merge both the contained narrative, like WebQuests, and resource list approaches, like Yahoo! Directories, into a single structure without the drawbacks that both approaches suffer. The key to this solution is the concept of the guided path.

In Walden’s Paths, each found resource is brought into the collection intact and tied together through in situ annotation. Superficially a path has many common attributes with a resource list since it is essentially a collection of links with annotations like some resource lists. However, the path provides a collection of resources external to the path but still part of the path, unlike resource lists, the in situ nature of its annotation makes it possible for an author to form a narrative structure while still containing the resources of interest.

The Walden’s Path Project currently is funded by the National Science Foundation. The project was initiated in the fall of 1995 as part of the ARPA CAETI project, to provide technology to DoDEA schools.

The research is being conducted at the  Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Texas A&M University.

This material is based, in part, upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers IIS-9812040, DUE-0085798, DUE-0121527, and IIS-0219540.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Walden’s Paths recognizes the following libraries and tools used in its creation: RestletApache Cayenne Project, PostgreSQL, Eclipse, and YourKit.