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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Reading #23: InkSeine: In Situ Search for Active Note Taking




            InkSeine is a TabletPC application that offers rapid, minimally distracting interactions for users to seek, gather, and manipulate the “task detritus” of electronic work (links to documents, clippings from web pages, or key emails on a topic) across multiple notebook pages. Search offers a facile means to assemble such collages of notes, documents, and bitmaps while keeping the user engrossed in the inking experience as much as possible. InkSeine’s primary work surface is an electronic notebook that allows users to jot ink notes on a series of pages. Thus, all of the search facilities that are the focus of this paper are designed in support of the inking task itself.

InkSeine provides a quick way to collect and annotate content from multiple documents. While current features for gathering content provide ways to drag out information from the search panel, there are opportunities to further leverage the value of in situ search by allowing the user to pull in material for searches from the notes.  InkSeine’s in situ ink search strategy helps to reduce the cognitive barrier between having the thought to do a search while inking, to actually capturing that thought, and potentially acting on it at a later time. 


            InkSeine is a Tablet PC search application that allows users to store a pointer to a search via a breadcrumb object intermixed with their handwritten notes. Hinkley discovered that conventional GUI tooltips could be easily blocked by the hand. InkSeine presented a variation of a theme in which gestures were shown in situ as highlighter annotations over application widgets; the annotations could be toggled on and off with a button press. This technique was well suited toward disclosing simple gestures associated with explicit UI widgets. However, with only a few gestures, the technique cluttered the workspace but did not provide support for accessing more detailed information about subtle or complex gestures or for displaying gestures that required a document context (e.g., a selection lasso).


Jonathan H. said...

I'm pretty sure Professor Kerne has something similar to this: combinFormation. It's nice to see someone do roughly the same thing in a slightly different way, but I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of the techniques described in this paper have been done before (or in other papers we've read, which could have been published after this one).

chris aikens said...

I like the idea of augmenting hand-drawn notes with meta-notes and searches, but I agree that it can cause cluttering. It seemed like one of the points of this system was to REDUCE cluttering, so after a certain point of use the system may actually defeat itself.