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Giornata: Re-Envisioning the Desktop Metaphor to Support Activities in Knowledge Work

By Stephen Voida, Elizabeth D. Mynatt and W. Keith Edwards


The desktop metaphor is beginning to show signs of strain in supporting modern knowledge work. Our research seeks to demonstrate how the traditional desktop metaphor can be re-envisioned, replacing a focus on documents and applications with user interaction based upon semantically meaningful activities. In this demonstration, we present Giornata, an application that augments the OS X desktop with interface components that emphasize the role of activity in knowledge work. Giornata provides a number of innovative features not present in other systems, including activity-based resource storage, a mechanism for incrementally tagging activities, and integrated tools to foster collaboration within activities. ACM Classification: H5.2 [Information interfaces and presentation]: User Interfaces—Graphical user interfaces

Topics: Giornata
Year: 2009
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