Categorization is Difficult: Use of an Electronic Notebook for Organizing Design Meeting Notes

Gwizdka, Jacek Categorization is Difficult: Use of an Electronic Notebook for Organizing Design Meeting Notes., 1998 . In Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Santa Monica, CA, October 5-10, 1998. [Conference paper]


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The electronic engineering notebook is a pen-based computer tool designed to capture engineering notes and to assist in structuring them to facilitate subsequent information access. Experiments were conducted in which free-form and fixed-form note-taking interfaces were compared with respect to capturing and structuring notes from a design meeting. Suitability of domain-based and user-defined terminologies for semantic structuring was also tested. Results from the experiment confirmed that a free-form interface was easier to use for note-taking and structuring notes than were forms with fixed structure. However, difficulties with applying semantic categorizations were observed in both types of interface. The results indicated that terminology should be chosen appropriately to a task, and that experienced users have less problems with applying it. The experiment also demonstrated high diversity in note-taking styles, thus highlighting the need to accommodate individual preferences in electronic notebooks.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: categorization, electronic notebooks, ontology, controlled vocabulary, user vocabulary, engineering domain, engineering design, user interface
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology > LD. Computers.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CB. User studies.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BI. User interfaces, usability.
Depositing user: Jacek Gwizdka
Date deposited: 14 Nov 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15


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