All posts from
May 2004

Be a web editor, not administrator

“There are two roles in web content management that matter: editors and writers. Editors decide what should get published. Writers create the content. Most websites started off with administrators—webmasters—who had lots of responsibility and little authority. Today, we see the emergence of the web editor, a position that will become increasingly important.” (Gerry McGovern)

Writing the Web

“The main thesis of this paper is that it is desirable to make the creation of Web content an integral and natural part of the daily chores of an intellectual worker, integrated with the normal production and management of data and information, making the Web not just a publishing medium but fundamentally a collector and organizer of personal data and documents.” (Angelo di Iorio and Fabio Vitali – Journal of Digital Information 5.1)

Doceo + mentum – a ground for a new discipline

“The aim of Documentation is rapidly and easily to provide all researchers, whatever their level of knowledge or culture, both with the materials of study which represent the totality of human experience and with detailed information on particular points. In scientific, technical, historical, social and industrial matters, it is the systematically organised intermediary between the public and documents, between those who read and those who write. It provides recorded information, that is, the distribution of information by the book, periodical, newspaper, and photographic image.” (Niels Windfeld Lund – DOCAM’03 Conference)


“(…) an experimental research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab focused on developing technologies for design – designs that are simpler to understand, easier to use, and, ultimately, more enjoyable.” (John Maeda)

Ted Nelson

“After taking a computer course at Harvard in 1960, Ted Nelson began a mystical journey. He started exploring the possibility of liberating text from paper, of developing a means whereby writers could harness text in a manner closer to human cognitive patterns: i.e., the way words flowed through our minds. In 1965 Nelson coined the term hypertext. Ultimately, in his brilliant 1974 book, ‘Computer Lib/Dream Machines’, he laid down the foundation for a communications theory transcending text. Hypertext became hypermedia. Imagery and sound played roles equal to text. Nelson realized that personal computers with multimedia capabilities must burst the boundaries of artistically rendering internal reflection.” (Peter Schmideg)