Raison d'etre: capturing design history and rationale in multimedia narratives

John M. Carroll, Sherman R. Alpert, John Karat, Mary Van Deusen, Mary Beth Rosson

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Raison d'Etre is a hypermedia design history application. It provides access to a database of video clips containing stories and personal perspectives of design team members recorded at various times through the course of a project. The system is intended to provide a simple framework for recording and organizing the informal history and rationale that design teams create and share in the course of their collaboration. This paper describes (1) the scenarios of use we are trying to support, (2) the methods we used collecting and organizing the database, and (3) the status of our prototype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCelebrating Independance
EditorsBeth Adelson, Susan Dumais, Judith Olson
PublisherPubl by ACM
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0201765578, 9780201765571
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the CHI'94 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Apr 24 1994Apr 28 1994

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


OtherProceedings of the CHI'94 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CityBoston, MA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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