To enable highly effective dynamic collective work - what we call the
collective intelligence of an organization, community, or nation - the
technology must facilitate the collaborative processes, the capture and
synthesis, and the useability of the organization's emerging knowledge
base(s). This will require new universal standards for hypermedia document/information
exchange, or Hyperdocuments (e.g. based on XML) upon which open-source
tools (e.g. using java and including open agent architectures) will operate.
Interoperability and an Open Hyperdocument System. (Engelbart/1990),
describing the dynamic collaborative knowledge-work process which OHS is
needed to support.
Organizations: A Strategic Role for Groupware (Engelbart/1992) , from
a model for how we Concurrently Develop, Integrate, and Apply Knowledge
("CoDIAK"), to the transforming organizational environment in which the
OHS technologies are assumed to be targeted.
OHS Requirements and Specfications
OHS Framework (1998) an evolving document of the Technology Template
Project of the Bootstrap Alliance outlining the basic functional and architecural
requirements for Open-source Hyperdocument Systems ("OHS").
Basic requirements for the first hyperscope build (Oct. 2000).
in Augment (Engelbart/1984), a basic description of the Augment/NLS
System provisions for authoring and online publishing.
Background of the OHS
Knowledge Workshop. This is a narrative by Doug Engelbart. It covers
the conception of the personal computer, the mouse, client-server computing,
word processing, email, and today's application service providers (ASPs).
Most of the working features described in this history are still not available
to the public.
Collaboration Provisions in Augment (Engelbart/1984), a basic description
of the Augment/NLS System's provisions for collective work.
In the early '90s John Rothermel of TRW/ESL conducted a 6 month OHS
Technology Evaluation, which included hands-on time developing a demo in
Augment showing how a software development project might be conducted differently,
working closely with Doug Engelbart and Christina Engelbart at Bootstrap
Institute throughout. See:
OHSTE Final Report
From 1993-1996 Bootstrap Institute developed a modern client user interface
to Augment using SmallTalk VisualWorks from PARCPlace. This client includes
modern windowing, command menus, and integration of new link types to interface
to the web, to be used for demonstrating key OHS concepts. We have also
installed Augment mainframe software on a Sun Ultra provided by Sun Microsystems
running a DEC20 emulator (KLH10).
We are currently working with SRI International AI Lab on an Open
Source OHS Project to create a web-based OHS prototype using XML, java,
and open agent architectures. This project is grounded in the Bootstrap