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Category: Interactive Text Glossary Entry

Notes, Citations, Annotations & Comments

Knowledge Elements

The items listed below can exist alone in a document or as a part of a document with others. These elements can be text, scribbles, tags, applet bits of code and other means of marking intention:

•  Thoughts : Notes, Writings
Our thoughts are simply notes° created by us without primarily referencing something else in the world.

•  Something in the World : Citations
Something in the world which can be addressed and cited somehow. This can be a clipping/cutting or a URL or just the data itself which a system can search for and locate in an origin document/location. Includes text, Pictures, Video, Audio and Graphs.

•  Thoughts about Something in the World : Annotations
Something which exists in the world, such as an article and we add a note to it, we annotate° it with our thoughts. This can be through adding meta-information in a digital environment with explicit ‘tags’ but it can also mean simple highlights, strokes and shapes around text or other information.

•  Thoughts about Something in Our Work : Comments
We make ‘notes’ of our thoughts and information we come across. We add notes – we ‘annotate’ – documents others have created, for our own use while we comment° on documents others have created for their use/benefit and attach notes on our own for further information for the reader.


Knowledge Container/Frame : Document

Any self-contained addressable or portable framing of any of the components listed above, including composite and single items.

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Concept Map & Mind Map

The systems surveyed here vary in exactly what they do but the central premise is always that there is information on the screen in any location the user wants it to be and it can be connected to other information on the screen.

Mind Mapping refers to the technique where there is a central node from which everything extends whereas Concept Mapping does not need a central node.

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