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A History Mechanism

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Collection Date: January 6, 2009
Scholar #1 Info: (if more than one scholar's process is described, copy this set for each scholar)

  • Name: Stan Ruecker
  • Email: sruecker@ualberta.ca
  • Title: Assistant Professor of English and Humanities Computing, English and Film Studies, Humanities Computing/Faculty of Arts
  • Institution/Organization: University of Alberta
  • Field of Study/Creative Endeavor:

Scholar #1 Info: (if more than one scholar's process is described, copy this set for each scholar)

  • Name: Geoffrey Rockwell
  • Email: geoffrey.rockwell@ualberta.ca
  • Title: Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing, Philosophy and Humanities Computing/Faculty of Arts
  • Institution/Organization: University of Alberta
  • Field of Study/Creative Endeavor:

Scholar #1 Info: (if more than one scholar's process is described, copy this set for each scholar)

  • Name: Maureen Engel
  • Email: maureen.engel@ualberta.ca
  • Title: E-Learning Manager, Faculty of Arts
  • Institution/Organization: University of Alberta
  • Field of Study/Creative Endeavor:

Collector Info (can be the same as "Scholar" above):

  • Name: same as above
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Notes on Methodology:

Please briefly describe the collection methods used (eg. "self report", "questionnaire", "ethnographic interview")

Scope

The scope section is provided by the collector, with input from the scholar(s), and attempts to estimate the scope of the group that performs the processes described: How broadly do the practices described in this narrative apply to others in same field, in related fields, etc?

  1. In the opinion of the scholar, who participates in the process the story describes?
    (e.g. "just this scholar", "many people in the scholar's field of inquiry", "all academics", etc.)
  2. What is this process intended to accomplish for the scholar?
  3. Who is the intended audience of the processes described?
  4. Is this the only process the scholar uses to accomplish his/her goals?
  5. What "shared services" would help transform the story into something of more benefit for the scholar or his/her audience?  What process or processes in the story could be automated?

What I would like to have readily available is a method for tracking the history of user activities within any given system. If I have a customizable way to store whatever someone does that changes state, ideally grouped by minor and major state changes, I can use it for three things: providing the user with an un-do/re-do, or else a forward/back mechanism; providing the user with a way to share state with other users; providing the researcher with a log mechanism.

Since we do usability studies of our prototypes, the last option is particularly useful to use. I have had one of these components built for one of our prototypes. It worked very well for logging but was a custom component. It would be useful to have a robust generic one that could be plugged in to new projects.

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Keywords

Please provide some keywords that will allow us to group or cluster related stories--or aspects of stories.

1. Was this story collected for a particular Bamboo working group?  If so, please include, as keywords, the appropriate group(s).

  • Education
  • Institutional Support
  • Scholarly Networking
  • Shared Services
  • Scholarly Narratives
  • Tools and Content Partners

2. Suggested keywords: Does this narrative contain elements that could be mapped to these keywords?  If so, please indicate which ones and briefly describe the mapping.  Add any additional keywords in #3. (These are global keywords from this page keywords)

3. Please list additional keywords here:

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