Target User

Ed asked me some very good questions about the target user (and the following target use), I reply here. The meat is really the last bit.  🙂

I will work on expanding this and finessing it. Please comment.

Target Work to be supported

The target use must be to support knowledge work.

“Knowledge worker, a term coined by Peter Drucker in 1959, is one who works primarily with information or one who develops and uses knowledge in the workplace.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_worker

In practical terms, this means not only reading emails, documents and web pages but analyzing them, looking at the information in different ways,comparing and contrasting and so on.

Part of the analysis is deep reading, but also deciding what not to read. This is especially important on the web with a very large collection of information that is useful, but an overwhelmingly larger amount of information that is worthless.

The result of much knowledge work is the production of new (and new types of) documents.

Target Use

The target use of Hyperwords focuses on helping people:

– Find useful information on the web.
– Read what is useful to them.
– Analyze this information
~ compare & contrast
~ including finding other, related, useful info.
~ look-up references & translations.
– Have dialog about the information.
– Produce other information.

And it does it with these appropriate tools:

– Find useful information on the web.                     (search…)
– Read what is useful to them.                             (view*)
– Analyze this information                                 …
~ compare & contrast                                 (view*)
~ including finding other, related, useful info.     (search…)
~ look-up references & translations.                 (Wikipedia, dictionaries and so on.
At some point glossaries as well)
– Have dialog about the information.                    (blog, tag)
– Produce other information.                             (copy, copy with url and blog.
‘send to application’*)

* Means not yet implemented. We are planning on more view options for 3.0.  ‘send to application’ may make it in 2.0

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