Interacting with the Digital Library

Terry Winograd, Stanford Computer Science

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University November 3, 1995


As information of widely diverse types and origins becomes a part of the world's digital library, a key problem is the integration of heterogeneous materials into a common platform. This includes work on widely-applicable formats, protocols, and representations, which can support services for access, search, information transformation, display, archiving, and the like. It also requires new tools for the user, which can bring a uniform conceptual model to the full range of information tasks, for providing, organizing, manipulating and viewing information.

This talk describes work in progress in the digital libraries project at Stanford, in the area of interface and interaction. I will describe the general context of the research and present some examples of specific projects and the issues that they are addressing.


Terry Winograd is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford. He began his career in computing in the field of Artificial Intelligence, specializing in natural language understanding. After rethinking the problems and potentials of computational intelligence (see Winograd and Flores, Understanding Computers and Cognition, Addison-Wesley, 1987), he left AI research and for the last decade has worked in the area of human-computer interaction. He initiated the Project on People, Computers and Design and the program in Human-Computer Interaction at Stanford. His previous books include Usability: Turning Technologies Into Tools (edited with Paul Adler, Oxford, 1992) and he is the editor of a forthcoming book, Bringing Design to Software, Addison-Wesley, 1996.

Winograd was a founder and past-president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and is on the USACM public policy committee, and the advisory Board of the Association for Software Design , the Universal Access Project of the World Institute on Disability. He was a founder of Action Technologies, and consults at Interval Research, which is one of the sponsors of the work being presented in this talk.


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