Table of Contents

VOLUME X.4 July + August 2003

  • Editorial
    • Common interests

      Steven Pemberton

      Human Computer Interaction is an extraordinarily broad field: psychologists, programmers, designers, artists, and many more who all come together to create an amazingly diverse and dynamic area. A director of a large telecommunications company once told me "I send my people to all the specialist telecommunication conferences, but it is…

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  • Research alert
    • Scientific collaboratories

      Diane Sonnenwald, Mary Whitton, Kelly Maglaughlin

      Today scientific collaboratories provide remote access to scientific data, specialized instruments and documents, as well as group work tools and information and communications tools, to support collaboration among scientists. While a number of collaboratories have been developed, few have been formally evaluated. Fundamental questions have yet to be answered: Can…

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  • What's happening
    • What’s happening

      Marisa Campbell

      Call for Papers PerCom 2004 2nd IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications March 14-17, 2004 Orlando, FL, USA IEEE PerCom 2004 will be the second annual conference on the emerging area of pervasive computing and communications aimed at providing a platform and paradigm for all the time, everywhere…

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  • Business
    • Evaluating usability methods

      Dennis Wixon

      In any field, certain controversies have a tendency to re-emerge periodically. Sometimes they cause us to revisit issues in ways that stimulate interesting and challenging discussions. Sometimes they direct our attention to simple but overlooked choices that make a critical difference. Other times these controversies are more like zombies; they…

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  • Design
    • Digital government information services

      Gary Marchionini, Michael Levi

      Digital government aims to better serve people by leveraging technology to make government services more accessible to a broad range of citizens. Digital government (DG) services fall into three classes: information dissemination, citizen transactions, and governance participation. Information dissemination via the Web has been by far the most pervasive service…

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  • The whiteboard
    • We can’t afford it!

      Gerard Torenvliet

      Affordance. If ever a term separated the usability cognoscenti from everyone else, this is it. For a good, long time now, our trade’s initiation rite has been the reading of Don Norman’s The Psychology of Everyday Things (now published as The Design of Everyday Things). Norman’s book introduced many of…

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  • HCI and the Web
    • Don’t make me read

      William Hudson

      I’m a great admirer of Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think and recommend it to anyone who wants only a single book on the subject of Web usability. Steve’s chapter on text is based on a reminder from The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White: to "omit…

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  • Book preview
    • Book preview

      Marisa Campbell

      Designing Collaborative Systems: A Practical Guide to Ethnography Andy Crabtree Springer Verlag, 2003 ISBN: 1852337184 $64.95 Designing Collaborative Systems: A Practical Guide to Ethnography introduces a new "ethnographic" approach that will enable designers to create collaborative and interactive systems, which are employed successfully in real-world settings. This new approach, adapted…

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  • Reflections
    • Restrictive practices

      Steven Pemberton

      Some things are just getting better. I am still in awe at the ease with which you can now get money when abroad, compared with only ten years ago when you still had to take loads of cash and traveler’s checks. And it’s great that most power supplies now work…

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  • Conference preview
    • Conference preview

      Marisa Campbell

      INTERACT 2003 Bringing the Bits Together September 1-5, 2003 Zürich, Switzerland INTERACT 2003 will be a conference for everyone involved in HCI, whether designing software or systems, managing the development or implementation of new sytems and technology in organizations, researching, studying or teaching. This conference will be attractive to both…

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  • Fast forward
    • What do UI designers think about protecting their designs?

      Aaron Marcus

      As more and more computer-based products and services become available to global markets, intellectual property (IP) protection of user interfaces (UIs) appears likely to become more challenging. IP protection for UIs was once a hot topic in the CHI community and a CHI 1989 plenary panel debated the topic. Professor…

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