ACADEMIC RESEARCH FEEDBACK MECHANISM
Wired News 06/14/99
Two Illinois scholars have created software that may open the
door to online academic collaboration and debate. The software
allows authors to post their papers to solicit outside reviews.
Readers' suggestions will be displayed in pop-up windows within
the paper's text, allowing authors to obtain feedback and other
reviewers to read previously posted commentary. The texts and
suggestions are stored on a server and edited using FileMaker
Pro, which can be downloaded on the project Internet site. The
software may change the publication of a text from a solitary
event to a means of interaction, facilitating interaction among
academics that once was only present within published journals
and scattered Internet bulletin boards. The new interactive software offers
of raising new questions immediately, thus speeding the debate.
Contact F. David Peat