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Xerox trails: a new web-based publishing technology
Author(s): Venkatesh G. Rao; David Vandervort; Jesse Silverstein
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Paper Abstract

Xerox Trails is a new digital publishing model developed at the Xerox Research Center, Webster. The primary purpose of the technology is to allow Web users and publishers to collect, organize and present information in the form of a useful annotated narrative (possibly non-sequential) with editorial content and metadata, that can be consumed both online and offline. The core concept is a trail: a digital object that improves online content production, consumption and navigation user experiences. When appropriate, trails can also be easily sequenced and transformed into printable documents, thereby bridging the gap between online and offline content experiences. The model is partly inspired by Vannevar Bush's influential idea of the "Memex" [1] which has inspired several generations of Web technology [2]. Xerox Trails is a realization of selected elements from the idea of the Memex, along with several original design ideas. It is based on a primitive data construct, the trail. In Xerox Trails, the idea of a trail is used to support the architecture of a Web 2.0 product suite called Trailmeme, that includes a destination Web site, plugins for major content management systems, and a browser toolbar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7540, Imaging and Printing in a Web 2.0 World; and Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems IV, 754007 (10 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.838245
Show Author Affiliations
Venkatesh G. Rao, Xerox Research Ctr. (United States)
David Vandervort, Xerox Research Ctr. (United States)
Jesse Silverstein, Xerox Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7540:
Imaging and Printing in a Web 2.0 World; and Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems IV
Theo Gevers; Qian Lin; Raimondo Schettini; Zhigang Fan; Cees Snoek, Editor(s)

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