The Role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documents

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105666
Title:
The Role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documents
Author:
Vaughan, Misha; Dillon, Andrew
Editors:
Preston, Cecilia M.
Citation:
The Role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documents 1998, 35:559-566
Publisher:
Medford, N.J.: ASIS
Issue Date:
1998
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105666
Submitted date:
2006-07-26
Abstract:
This item is not the definitive copy. Please use the following citation when referencing this material: Vaughan, M. and Dillon, A. (1998) The role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documents. Proc. 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science. Medford NJ: Information Today Inc., 559-566. Abstract: Interacting with documents in the digital domain is challenging many of our notions about discourse and its boundaries. Hyperlinked documents on the World Wide Web defy easy categorization and evaluation - making the role and value of digital documents difficult to assess. Most importantly, in such fluid and complex environments it is difficult to understand the nature of the interaction between users and information resources. This paper argues that notions such as navigation are limiting our understanding of these complex information spaces. Instead, what is needed is a broader framework of analysis that can embrace these concepts, and incorporate extended issues relating to shared understanding, relevance, and style. In the present paper we explore the utility of the intersection of genre theory and cognitive psychology in providing a meaningful framework for analysis and design purposes. In so doing we report the results of our latest research into the elements of genre that influence users of digital documents and provide examples of the usefulness of this analysis in web-based environments.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Science; Human Computer Interaction; Hypertext and Hypermedia; Information Systems; Information Architecture
Local subject classification:
Navigation; Information shape; Digital documents

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorVaughan, Mishaen_US
dc.contributor.authorDillon, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.editorPreston, Cecilia M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-07-26T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:31:36Z-
dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-07-26en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documents 1998, 35:559-566en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105666-
dc.description.abstractThis item is not the definitive copy. Please use the following citation when referencing this material: Vaughan, M. and Dillon, A. (1998) The role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documents. Proc. 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science. Medford NJ: Information Today Inc., 559-566. Abstract: Interacting with documents in the digital domain is challenging many of our notions about discourse and its boundaries. Hyperlinked documents on the World Wide Web defy easy categorization and evaluation - making the role and value of digital documents difficult to assess. Most importantly, in such fluid and complex environments it is difficult to understand the nature of the interaction between users and information resources. This paper argues that notions such as navigation are limiting our understanding of these complex information spaces. Instead, what is needed is a broader framework of analysis that can embrace these concepts, and incorporate extended issues relating to shared understanding, relevance, and style. In the present paper we explore the utility of the intersection of genre theory and cognitive psychology in providing a meaningful framework for analysis and design purposes. In so doing we report the results of our latest research into the elements of genre that influence users of digital documents and provide examples of the usefulness of this analysis in web-based environments.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMedford, N.J.: ASISen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectHuman Computer Interactionen_US
dc.subjectHypertext and Hypermediaen_US
dc.subjectInformation Systemsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Architectureen_US
dc.subject.otherNavigationen_US
dc.subject.otherInformation shapeen_US
dc.subject.otherDigital documentsen_US
dc.titleThe Role of genre in shaping our understanding of digital documentsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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