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A proposed information environment for enhanced integrated access and valueadding to electronic documents

Chern Li Liew (School of Applied Science, Blk N4 #2A‐32, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798)
Schubert Foo (School of Applied Science, Blk N4 #2A‐32, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798)
K.R. Chennupati (School of Applied Science, Blk N4 #2A‐32, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

Providing enhanced access and added value to electronic documents (e‐documents) will require interfaces that effectively mediate between the information seeking needs of the users and the information that the e‐document has to offer. A proposed information environment (PIE) to support effective and creative use of e‐documents to fulfil users’ various information tasks and needs is presented. Providing a suite of novel features and interactive tools that can be flexibly combined, the PIE allows users to apply multiple novel ways to intuitively query and navigate information in an e‐document. The querying and browsing processes in the PIE are supported by various interactive and visualisation techniques. Users work within a visually sovereign, integrated environment for information gathering and organising, based on navigable, fractional information objects that are also affiliated with rich metadata and additional layers of value‐adding information. This paper describes the conceptual design of the PIE and uses a representative scenario to show how the PIE is likely to be used for interacting with electronic journals (e‐journals) and the ability of the proposed environment to provide enhanced user interaction and value‐adding.

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Li Liew, C., Foo, S. and Chennupati, K.R. (2000), "A proposed information environment for enhanced integrated access and valueadding to electronic documents", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 52 No. 2, pp. 58-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007001

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