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Component Description

CMU Note-Taker Tools

Human Computer Interaction InstituteCarnegie Mellon University

Prepared by: Bill Scherlis <[email protected]>

March 26, 1999


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1 - Overview

  • Note-Taker tools will:

    • Support structured synchronous and asynchronous collaborative note-taking by multiple people.

    • Directly integrate with presentation tools (PowerPoint), email (IMAP-based systems), shared file areas, sensor inputs, etc.

    • Provide a range of asynchronous collaborative services:

      • Information awareness and update

      • Messaging and annotation

      • Task-specific shared information structures

      • Structural differencing

      • Coordination and concurrency control

    • Use multimedia inputs for annotation, messaging, and control

      • Point, speak, request

        The Note-Taker technology baseline was initially developed in the CSpace project in the ITO/IC&V program.


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Note-Taker builds on two ideas:

Fabric: Representation for organizing collaborative information and linking it with external user-app objects.

Fine-grain versioning

Collaborative services

Persistable

Situated Events: Event architecture for linking object versions and replicas, and for maintaining consistency and awareness.

Aggregation and filtering

Logging and checkpoints

2 - Architecture Overview

Assets

Client Hosts

Server(s)

Serv

MM designator

Client-side controls&models

PowerPoint

Server

Email

Client-side controls&models

PowerPoint

Email

Taskagenda

Client-side controls&

models

COA table

MM designator


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3 - Component Description

  • Asset — An information source/sink.

    • Examples: MS Office tools, task-specific note taking tools, email archives, shared file areas, sensor information streams, etc.

    • Generate situated events as state changes (e.g., in response to direct interaction by users)

    • Respond to request events from Note-Taker.

  • Client-Host — Maintain fabric models

    • Maintain local shadows/replicas of shared collaborative information.

    • Provide user-level interaction for Note-Taker services.

    • Provide view-maintenance services for visualization of models.

  • Server — Multicase event dispatch

    • Failure-robust


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    Asset API

    Assets manage complex structured objects

    Common event hierarchy

    Change, update, request, administrative, etc.

    Event API

    Transmission / wrapping beans-based events

    Event aggregation and filtering

    Messaging and annotation API

    Integrate with conventional IMAP-based email

    Integrate with multimedia sources/sinks

    Other message viewing mechanisms (e.g., map-situated)

    Model API

    Interact with versioned fabric model

    4 - External Interfaces


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    5 - Existing Software “Bridges”

    • Part 1 (Existing) - Assets include conventional commercial tools (MS Office, NTFS).

    • Part 2 (Functionality) - Asynchronous collaborative services for single-user commercial tools. Objects with memory of past states.

    • Part 3 (Protocol) - An event-based interaction using sites within assets to locate updates/changes and requests. Sites are named hierarchically (relative or absolute or with tags).


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    Part 1 (with other CPOF components) -

    LEIF: We expect that Note-Taker will interact directly with both LEIF Infobuses. We also intend to experiment with replacing the LEIF display model with a more semantically-rich model.

    MultiModal: We will use multi-modal inputs both to situate messages/annotations/commands in the information space and to provide their contents. Situating enables terseness, prioritization, structural browsing, etc.

    Part 2 (inputs) -

    Inputs are in the Note-Taker event format. The hierarchy of Note-Taker events can evolve according to needs.

    Part 3 (outputs) -

    Outputs can be either Note-Taker events or views of model structures. The API to the model structure can be evolved according to the needs of visualization components.

    6 - Information Flow


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    Part 1 (interacting with other CPOF components) -

    Initial: CMU multi-modal components

    Potentially:

    Viewers: Visualization tools, directly or via LEIF.

    Assets: CPOF document types, directly or via LEIF.

    Parts 2, 3 (similarities and complementarities) -

    Note-Taker and LEIF:

    LEIF handles protocols and APIs in a way that can support Note-Taker.

    Note-Taker provides a wide range of services not present in LEIF:

    Collaborative services.

    Messaging and annotation.

    Structural differencing, versioning, and history.

    Semantically rich models.

    Persistence and name mgt.

    Distributed event processing

    7 - Plug-n-play


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    8 - Operating Environments and COTS

    Component

    Name

    Required

    Hardware

    Operating

    System

    Required

    COTS

    Language

    Any Java platform

    none

    Asset

    N/A

    Java

    Sun Java SDK.

    Win NT.

    Client Host

    Win NT device

    Windows NT

    Java

    Sun Java SDK.

    Win NT.

    Server

    Win NT device

    Windows NT

    Java

    Asset: PowerPoint

    MS Java &

    Sun Java

    Win NT, Office97, J++, Sun Java SDK

    Win NT device

    Windows NT

    Asset: Win NTFS

    C++, MS Java,

    Sun Java

    Win NT, Vis C++, J++, Sun Java SDK

    Win NT device

    Windows NT

    Asset: IMAP email

    Java

    Sun Java SDK

    Win NT device

    Windows NT

    Note: This applies to current and evolving Note-Taker components, not new multimedia components to be developed in CPOF/CMU or interfaces with components from other CPOF projects.


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    9 - Hardware Platform Requirement

    • Windows NT device

      • 256 MB ram, 100MB disk (estimate, not including Office97)


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