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[ba-ohs-talk] Source and Biblography

Robin and Colleagues,    (01)

...for the Electronic Labyrinth....    (02)

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/elab/elab.html    (03)

I bumped into your site looking for cognitive overhead, which turned
up your explanation of Jeff Conklin's important work....    (04)

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0098.html      (05)

Excellent narrative on everything in your work product.    (06)

However, there are no sources for anything and your material is not
dated.      (07)

For example, your work on Doug Engelbart....    (08)

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0035.html    (09)

...provides important background on Doug's efforts to develop an Open
Hyperdocument System (OHS), reported on 001025....    (010)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/00/10/25/095632.HTM#L721002    (011)

You could add considerable value to your work by putting a date on
each page, so that when you say for example...    (012)

"Recently, Engelbart has been working at Stanford University..."    (013)

...a date would provide the context of "recently" since 1993 or
"recently" since 2000, which are the range of dates in your copyright
notice.    (014)

Additionally, the core concept of your efforts to use computers for
saving time in making connections, what you are calling "hypertext,"
is obviated by the lack of sources.  Saying you don't want to do
homework for people, as set out in your work at...    (015)

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/elab/contact.html#5    (016)

...begs the question.  It is like a lawyer or a judge issuing an
opinion and saying, "Here are the facts and the law that comprise our
opinion, but we are not providing the sources we used because
everybody should go to the library.  Or a contractor says "Hey, I
built your house, but don't ask about plans and specs, you can go to
the library." At some point, you must have looked at something, or
interviewed people in order to develop your excellent narrative.  The
background on what you saw or heard that led to your narrative
provides critical context.  Here is an example of providing helpful
context on background and history, as in your article on Doug
Engelbart and others, except this relates to Justice Stanley Mosk of
the California Supreme Court....    (017)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/91/11/30/080020.HTM#L4714    (018)

Going on and on about the wonders and benefits of hypertext, and then
not using the capability you advocate does not build faith in a new
way of working, which Doug is trying to get done, as set out in the
record on 991222....    (019)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/99/12/22/104523.HTM#L280907    (020)

Faith in a new way of working requires giving people direct first hand
experience over and over and over again that demonstrates it takes
less time and money to get stuff done that needs to get done than
going to the library.      (021)

Sorry about the pointed expression here.  You have basically done a
good job, but the rationale for not providing sources when you had
them in your hand at some point, and now they have slipped away, is
another aspect of Knowledge Management that boggles the mind, noted by
a distinguished contributor to Doug's recent efforts, reported on
000125....    (022)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/00/01/25/071445.HTM#L891502    (023)

Rod    (024)