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Record of the Workshop on Research in Office Semantics

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128137D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-15
Document File: 15 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Gerald R. Barber: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

0 2. Research in Workstation Networl~ Semantics 3. Implementation Strategies for Office Automation Systems 3 4. Office Streamlining 4 5. The System for Business Automation (SBA) 4 .6. On Supporting tile Use of Procedures in Office Work 5 7. Odyssey: A Knowledge- Based Assistant 6 8. Pie: A Network-Ba,sed Personal Information Environment 6 9. Simple Semantics for Naive Users 7 10. Voice and Text as Alternate/Competing Media for Communication in th,~. Office 8 Environment 11. The Integrating Role of the Workstation 9

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Record of the Workshop on Research in Office Semantics

Gerald R. Barber

Abstract: This paper is a compendium of the ideas and issues presented at the Chatham Bars Workshop on Office Sema ntics. The intent of the workshop was to examine the state of the art in office systems and to elucidate the issues system designers were concerned with in developing next generation office systems. The workshop involved a cross-section of people from government, industry and academia. Presentations in the form of talks and video tapes were made of prototypical systems.

Key Words: Office Automation, Knowledge-Based Office Systems

Acknowledgements: This report describes research done at the Laboratory for Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sup-port for this research was provided by IBM.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 0 2. Research in Workstation Networl~ Semantics

3. Implementation Strategies for Office Automation Systems 3

4. Office Streamlining 4 5. The System for Business Automation (SBA) 4 .6. On Supporting tile Use of Procedures in Office Work 5 7. Odyssey: A Knowledge- Based Assistant 6 8. Pie: A Network-Ba,sed Personal Information Environment 6 9. Simple Semantics for Naive Users 10. Voice and Text as Alternate/Competing Media for Communication in th,~. Office 8 Environment

11. The Integrating Role of the Workstation 9

12. Towards tile Integrated Interactive System 10

13. Linguistic Considerations for the Design. of Integrated Electronic Office Systems 11

14. Office Work as Practical Action 12

15. Additional Discussions 13

1. The Participants 13

1 . Introduction

This paper is a compendium of the ideas and issues presented at the Chatham Bars Workshop on Office Sem'antics. The intent of the workshop was to examine the state of the art in office systems and to elucidate the issues system designers were concerned with in developing next generation office systems, The workshop program committee consisted of Michael Hammer,

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Record of the Workshop on Research in Office Semantics

Carl Hewitt, Howard Morgan, and Jeff Rulifson. The workshop was sponsored by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science.

The workshop involved a cross-section of people from government, industry and academia. Presentations in the form of talks and video tapes were made of prototypical systems. The participants discussed the systems they were currently developing. The discussions concentrating on the breadth of application to the office, the problems involved in developing the application and the necessary hardware and software technology.

The primary intent of this paper is to present a collection of the ideas and issues discussed. It is [loped that this will be useful as an indicator of some of the work in the field of office systems. The paper is composed of a series of abstracts for most of the talks given. I...