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[ba-ohs-talk] Reed's Law - Group-Forming Networks (GFNs)

Many of you ba-ohs-talk folks probably know Reed's Law, but I thought I send this link to a brief paper anyway, in the context and spirit of Doug's forthcoming talk.

John Maloney
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Subject: [ba-ohs-talk] Doug's talk at Berkeley April 8 - note revised Room number

Here’s the abstract for the talk. We hope to see as many of you as can make it.

For those interested in the pre-talk Multivalent Browser demo, please see the bottom of this email for

Instructions on where to go.



UC Berkeley Digital Library Seminar

Monday, April 8, 2002

306 Soda Hall



Improving Our Ability to Improve: A Call for Investment in a New Future


Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart, The Bootstrap Alliance





In the past fifty years we have seen enormous growth in computing

capability - computing is everywhere and has impacted nearly everything.

In this talk, Dr. Douglas Engelbart, who pioneered much of what we now

take for granted as interactive computing, examines the forces that have

shaped this growth.  He argues that our criteria for investment in

innovation are, in fact, short-sighted and focused on the wrong things.

He proposes, instead, investment in an improvement infrastructure that

can result in sustained, radical innovation capable of changing

computing and expanding the kinds of problems that we can address

through computing.  In this talk, Dr. Engelbart describes both the

processes that we need to put in place and the capabilities that we must

support in order to stimulate this higher rate of innovation.  The talk

closes with a call to action for the Digital Library community, since

this is a group that has both a stake in innovation and the ability to

shape its direction.



For further reference, see also www.bootstrap.org and the paper

Toward High-Performance Organizations: A Strategic Role for Groupware -

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart, 1992




For those interested in the MVB Demo: Directions


Here’s who I have down for the Multivalent Browser (MVB) Demo between 3-4 pm.

They refer to the project as MVD where D stands for document.


John Deneen

John Maloney

Jack Park

Sheldon Brahms


If I have left anyone out who emailed me, please accept my apologies in advance

I am somewhat behind in email this week.


We have requested this time so as to provide the BA-OHS-Talk community

an opportunity to discuss with the designer/developer Tom Phelps (Wilensky unfortunately is

not able to join us at this time) specifically how far the MVB might take us as a stepping stone to the Hyperscope.


Jack Park feels that a good candidate for the Intermediate File format is the treasure that we might find

buried in the code that allows the MVB to access legacy files.


Here’s where to find out more about MVB http://http.cs.berkeley.edu/~phelps/Multivalent/



Because this is a small number, we are likely to be in Robert Wilensky’s office

In the Berkeley CS department. If there are others who are planning to come to this

earlier session, please let me know by Sunday evening so that we can make other arrangements for moving to a larger room.


Mei Lin Fung