Displaying Asynchronous Reactions to a Document: Two Goals and a Design

Douglas Schuler, Liberating Voices, MIT Press, 2008, pp. 384-386

Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 20th Anniversary - Conference Supplement, pp. 169-170, 2006

2 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2013

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Todd Davies

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program; Center for the Study of Language and Information

Benjamin Newman

Stanford University

Brendan T. O'Connor

Carnegie Mellon University

Aaron Tam

Stanford University

Leo Perry

Stanford University

Date Written: November 1, 2006

Abstract

We describe and motivate three goals for the screen display of asynchronous text deliberation pertaining to a document: (1) visibility of relationships between comments and the text they reference, between different comments, and between group members and the document and discussion, and (2) distinguishability of boundaries between contextually related and unrelated text and comments and between individual authors of documents and comments. Interfaces for document-centered discussion generally fail to fulfill one or both of these goals as well as they could. We describe the design of the new version of Deme, a Web-based platform for online deliberation, and argue that it achieves the two goals better than other recent designs.

Keywords: document-centered discussion, annotation systems, web-based collaboration, online deliberation

Suggested Citation

Davies, Todd R. and Newman, Benjamin and O'Connor, Brendan T. and Tam, Aaron and Perry, Leo, Displaying Asynchronous Reactions to a Document: Two Goals and a Design (November 1, 2006). Douglas Schuler, Liberating Voices, MIT Press, 2008, pp. 384-386, Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 20th Anniversary - Conference Supplement, pp. 169-170, 2006 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2230628

Todd R. Davies (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program ( email )

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Center for the Study of Language and Information ( email )

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Benjamin Newman

Stanford University ( email )

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Brendan T. O'Connor

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

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Aaron Tam

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Leo Perry

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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