Augment With Us

A site for study, collaboration, and action, co-sponsored by the Doug Engelbart Institute.
About This Project

This February 2019, join us as we collaboratively read and collectively annotate three crucial parts of Doug Engelbart’s 1962 research report and manifesto, Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.

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Annotate Together

Here is our quick introduction to the annotation tool and a few practice activities to get you annotating with us.

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Updates By Email

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What’s Annotating Now?

From the Douglas Engelbart Institute archives a photo of an experimental workspace at the SRI Augmentation Research Center (ARC).

As of February Week[1] activity has started on the annotation of Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. We are focusing on the Introduction sections A and B. While we welcome you to annotate anywhere within the paper, we hope you give these sections some attention– start annotating now with

Annotation focus for Week[1]
For those just getting started, please see our introduction steps:

Look soon for our first of a series of interviews with featured annotators.

And for an introduction to this week’s topic, listen to Gardner Campbell’s podcast.

See more information about this project, learn how to get started annotating with us, and how to sign up for email updates on this project.

Week[1] News

What's happening in the first week of the project
What’s Happening in Week[1]?
As of February Week[1] activity has started on the annotation of Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. We are focusing on the Introduction sections A and...
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Week 1 of the Framework Annotation event begins today
In the spring of 2004, I read these words for the first time: We do not speak of isolated clever tricks that help in particular situations. We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, … Continue reading
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Engelbart Framework Project podcast 1
It’s a lot to take in. Doug Engelbart’s monumental 1962 research report Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework–really a monograph, and indeed a manifesto–is dense with yearning, with ideas, with analysis, and with a kind of moral philosophy devoted to human … Continue reading
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Featured Annotators

For this project we welcome thoughtful annotations from all interested readers.

Each week of this project, several featured annotators will describe their annotations, and their relationships with Engelbart and his work. We will be sharing special video interviews that will be posted to the Framework Project channel on YouTube and listed in the news area of this site.

Featured annotators include Engelbart’s colleagues and collaborators plus students of Engelbart’s legacy from various lands and walks of life.

Current Schedule

  • Week 1: (starting Feb 11) Howard Rheingold, Jon Udell, and John Willinsky.
  • Week 2: (starting Feb 18) Claudia Ceraso, Wendy Hall, Alan Kay, Jeff Rulifson, and Dan Whaley.
  • Week 3: (starting Feb 25) Jeremy Dean, Remi Kalir, Céline Keller, Eugene Kim, Alan Levine, and Kristina Woolsey.

Annotating 1-2-3

Getting started annotating with a few practice activities...
Start Annotating Right Here
The annotation tool is independent of the web page it is used on. As you will see in our series of practice exercises, there...
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Annotate Anywhere
In our first round of annotation practice, we used a page on this site where the tool was already preloaded for you. Now we...
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Roads of Annotation
As you are reading Augmenting Human Intellect pay attention to phrases, sentences that catch your attention. Sometimes we call them "nuggets." Respond to the nugget...
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Annotation Dashboard

We anticipate a large volume of annotation activity on this project, how can we see an overall picture of it?

Fortunately, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver researchers created a public tool called ​Capturing and Reporting Open Web Data for Learning Analytics, Annotation, and Education Researchers ​(CROWDLAAERS, pronounced “crowd layers”). As a dashboard it provides learning analytics associated with Hypothesis open web annotation to online content. It can be used by anyone on a single web address with annotations.

Our efforts here is a featured project in CROWDLAAERS so we can see aggregate activity cross the places we are annotating – the project About page, Bret Victor’s Tribute to Doug Engelbart, and the Augmenting Human Intellect Paper itself.

Explore the dashboard below or directly at CROWDLAAERS.

Published in 1962…

In February 2019 we will undertake a deep and close reading of three key sections from Doug Engelbart’s visionary research report and manifesto: Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.

Together, we’ll annotate this document using, a platform for web-based annotation and discussion. Other online events and resources will help provide even more food for thought and conversation. In the spirit of Doug’s original design, we want the study of intellectual augmentation to be an example of intellectual augmentation. In a word, recursive!

Here is how Doug Engelbart described the work of intellectual augmentation.

By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of finding solutions to problems that before seemed insoluble. And by “complex situations” we include the professional problems of diplomats, executives, social scientists, life scientists, physical scientists, attorneys, designers—whether the problem situation exists for twenty minutes or twenty years.

See more information about this project, learn how to get started annotating with us, and how to sign up for email updates on this project.