Interaction with Information II: Annotation and Reflection (due 09/20/2016)

A way we interact with information

Reading List: Marshall, C. Toward an ecology of hypertext annotation, Proc ACM Hypertext 1998, 40–49.

Kumiyo Nakakoji, Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Shingo Takada, and Brent N. Reeves. Two-dimensional spatial positioning as a means for reflection in design, Proc DIS 2000, 145–154.

Webb, A., Kerne, A., Promoting reflection and interpretation in education: curating rich bookmarks as information composition, Proc ACM Creativity and Cognition, 2013, 53–62.


The Theme of the reading for this week’s class reading was on annotations, Information positioning as a means to enable reflection and finally curation of information to stimulate reflections and learning. i.e. How the positioning of information can help enrich the process of interaction of information.

Annotations on the Potions book in theHalf Blood Prince

The author of the first paper on Annotation argues that annotations enriches the reading and writing by means of adding to the hypertext. She further argues that the annotations location helps enrich the quality of a particular portion of the text.

Annotative comments

The platform that I am currently writing on is probably the best experiment on annotations ever. Till a year back Medium used Annotation commenting system, i.e. you were able to comment right next to a paragraph, enriching the context of that particular paragraph. This is a feature that was sadly removed. The reasons for this transitions are detailed in the blog post linked below. The bottom line is to improve the quality of conversations as a response to the whole article than to a single paragraph. My old friend context rears up again. What is more important, the context of a paragraph or the context of the article? Medium traded the context of the article for the context of the paragraph


The Second article on 2D information layout as a means for reflections focuses on the placement of information in 2 dimensions and how that can convey meaning to the thought process of the writer when conceptualizing the creation of information.

When you conceptualize the writing of anything, you rearrange and re order information, you debate on where a particular paragraph fits to provide the maximum impact. I dragged the list of required readings in this paper up and down about 20 times, should I leave it at the top where it is disjoint or leave it at the bottom where it is invisible. I finally settled at the top, so that it becomes visible for grading. Yes, I sold creative flow for my grade.

The report allowed for 2 dimensional conceptualisation of writing using their tool ART. In a way Medium allows for a limited feature set of what is available in ART, one that is more streamlined.

Not quite 2 dimensional, but it illustrates the point.

The final article comes directly from the coffers of our own Dr. Kearne and his colleagues in the computer science, and the best metaphor to describe the content of that article is to cite these blogs and the ideamache that we need to build in the future classes as a means of improving our own reflections on the readings that are assigned to us. We are curating content that is part of the class reading and by that we are reflecting on what these articles mean in the larger context of learning about Human Centered Computing. This article is in essence a rich bookmark for me to summarize what I have learnt.

Pinterest is a service that naturally allows for these rich bookmarks as well.