The OHS Project is developing open source tools for collaborative knowledge management, building on XML and other open standards as well as Doug Engelbart's groundbreaking NLS/Augment system. It is being designed to manage and create knowledge across the Internet, allowing users to package and share information for collaborative work. A scalable system meant for true international use, the OHS is being designed so that all groups and nationalities can build on top of its architecture.
The first component will be the Hyperscope, a browser-like tool that allows the user to access the features of the OHS. Its relationship to the OHS is the same as a normal browser's relationship to the Web -- but the Hyperscope will allow the user to navigate, access, and distribute information in new and powerful ways. (List of OHS/Hyperscope features, and technical details.)
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The goal of the OHS Project is to build an open source Open Hyperdocument System (OHS) - the critical missing piece of the technology for enabling dynamic, distributed collective knowledge work. OHS is designed to
Open- provides vendor-independent access to hyperdocuments within
and across work groups, platforms, and applications
Navigable- provides flexible, bi-directional linking to any object
in any multimedia file
Customizable- allows users to select and create views of data best
suited to task or preference
Dynamic- end-user functionality automatically changes over time
to accommodate new multimedia object formats and methods for viewing them
Collaborative- enables users to synchronously and asynchronously
create, use, and modify hyperdocuments and dialog about them.
Platform-neutral- user interaction components are written in Java
Interoperable- provides a unifying framework within which (future)
multi-vendor applications can interoperate
Reusable- knowledge stored in it can be used and shared across time,
and across knowledge and organizational domains
Extensible- new multimedia object types, means to interpret them,
applications, views, and features can be added easily
Standards-based- content formats are based on W3C XML standards