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Investigating collaborative annotation on slate PCs

Pearson, J., Buchanan, G. & Thimbleby, H. W. (2012). Investigating collaborative annotation on slate PCs. MobileHCI' 12 Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, pp. 413-416. doi: 10.1145/2371574.2371637


Mobile reading is becoming evermore popular with the introduction of eInk devices such as the Kindle, as well as the many reading applications available on slate PCs and cellular handsets. The portable nature and large storage capacity of these modern mobile devices is making reading a more technology orientated activity. One aspect of mobile reading that has been given surprisingly little attention is collective reading - which is a common activity with paper documents. We investigate the support of group reading using slate PCs, focussing on collective annotation. In the past, desktop PCs have proved inferior in many ways for reading, when compared to paper. Notably, user evaluations of our new system, BuddyBooks, demonstrate that the slate PC form factor can, in contrast, provide advantages for group reading. While annotation practices change with the new format, coordinating within the group can be improved when touch-interaction is carefully exploited.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Buchanan, G/ ACM, 2012. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceeding MobileHCI '12 Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services,
Publisher Keywords: Annotation; Collaboration; Documents; Slate PCs
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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