Guest Speaker: Christina Engelbart
Session Host: Dr. Gardner Campbell
To accompany our session posted on Gardner’s YouTube Channel:
A conversation with Christina Engelbart of the Doug Engelbart Institute
Study guide that I posted for the Engelbart readings/videos at Links:Doug
Editing Doug’s talk at the Accelerated Change Conference, where he said “Oh!” instead of “Right?”
Large-Scale Collective IQ
keynote speech by Doug Engelbart 2004 audio recording
Story on the creation of a new presentation format for Doug’s talks
Bret Victor’s post after Doug died, likening the media posts as if you got a chance to talk with the guy who invented written language and only let them talk about the pencil they use
The management seminars Doug presented at Stanford beginning in late 1980s
Guided tour of relevant web pages:
Great flow of blogs and tweets in the class flying by. I have not had a chance to read them all yet, but here are a few that caught my eye.
I gathered up some cool links on Vannevar Bush and “As We May Think” from the Doug Engelbart Archive Collection and MIT and Brown University archives — see https://christinaincs.wordpress.com/linksvannevar/ for details…
Memex – depicted in the Life Magazine reprint of Vannevar Bush’s Atlantic Monthly article
— see https://christinaincs.wordpress.com/linksvannevar/ for details…
At dougengelbart.org we incorporated some of Doug’s technical ideas about granular addressability and flexible view control into each web page to support what I call “precision browsing and linking”. See for example, the page About Our Website, where the “purple numbers” on headings and paragraphs provide a link directly to any snippet of information on our site, by simply right-clicking on the nearest “purple number” in the right margin and selecting Copy Link Location from the popup menu. This is along the lines of the “serial numbers” Doug described in this week’s reading. Most of our web pages also include a table of contents in the left margin to facilitate navigation.
So to blog about the two Engelbart readings for this class, you can cite these versions of the articles on our website which are enhanced with the same precision browsing and linking features:
By way of example, while perusing Conclusions section of the 1962 report, I copied out the following quote pasted below, then went back and right-clicked on it’s purple number to Copy Link and pasted that below with the quote, and then added the italics, quotation marks and attribution:
“First any possibility for improving the effective utilization of
the intellectual power of society’s problem solvers
warrants the most serious consideration.
This is because man’s problem-solving capability represents
possibly the most important resource possessed by a society.”
– Doug Engelbart 1962
Just think how wonderful it would be if, everywhere on the internet (blogs, wiki, email, word processor), you could reference any snippet you see by simply right-clicking on the desired item and choosing “Copy Link Location” from the menu as I did, or “Quote this text”, and it would copy the snippet, in quotes, with author and date, with the link pointing directly to that item in the source document? This is just one of the many unfulfilled potentials of new, maleable, permeable, unbounded media he was envisioning. See About an Open Hyperdocument System (OHS) for more.
April 25, 2014
Just returning this week from a wonderful visit with Gardner Campbell and company at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA, to announce the establishment of an Engelbart Scholar Award at VCU in conjunction with an exciting new Focused Inquiry MOOC on Research Writing (VCU UNIV200)… READ MORE
… read the full text at Announcing summer MOOC and Engelbart Scholar Award at VCU on my primary blog, “Collective IQ”, where I post stuff of interest to the Doug Engelbart Institute and community.
This long-awaited MOOC launches imminently! I look forward to participating through this blog, virtual hangouts, and periodic onsite visits to VCU. Can’t wait!