Panel at Hypertext 2010 Disucsses 65 Years of As We May ThinkPublished: Monday, 21 June 2010
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[externalLink title="Darren Lunn’s Home Page" href="http://homepages.cs.manchester.ac.uk/~lunnd" display="Darren Lunn"] of the Web Ergonomics Lab has organised and moderated a panel session at [externalLink title="21st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia" href="http://www.ht2010.org/" display="Hypertext 2010 Conference"] hosted in Toronto Canada. The panel entitled Past Visions of Hypertext and Their Influence on Us Today marked the 65th anniversary of “As We May Think”. In this paper Bush proposed Memex, a device where information and records could be stored and linked together through ‘trails’ and ‘associations’ rather than ‘artificial’ indexing mechanisms. This idea of hypertext (a term coined later by Ted Nelson), has inspired many devices that seek to link information and knowledge, such as Engelbart’s Online System (NLS), Nelson and Van Dam’s Hypertext Editing System (HES) and Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web (WWW). Indeed, notions of linking data have seeped into the realms of Science Fiction, with William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer popularising the term ‘Cyberspace’ and describing it as a &ldsquo;graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system”. The panel session explored how these previous hypertext systems have envisaged collecting, storing, associating, and presenting knowledge to the user. The panel also examined how these systems have influenced our thinking today and what the future of knowledge capture and information association will involve.
Panelists who took part in the session included:
- Mark Bernstein (Chief Scientist, Eastgate Systems, Inc.)
- Cathy Marshall (Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research)
- Nathan Matias (Emberlight, Cambridge)
- Frank Tompa (Professor, The University of Waterloo)