Accession Number:

ADA196580

Title:

Notecards: An Everyday Tool for Aiding in Complex Tasks

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Most current notecard systems dont take advantage of the semistructured nature of notes, making retrieval and analysis difficult and requiring manual maintenance of the notes contained in the system. In addition, all current notecard systems are self-contained, forcing the user to maintain the relationships between notes and the domain knowledge bases. By exploiting the semistructured nature of notes, it is shown that notes can aid in several areas, including capturing information not typically in intelligent systems, accessing that information, graceful degradation in intelligent systems, and reasoning using this additional knowledge. A system is proposed that contains structures for capturing semistructured information, a number of note types useful in reasoning in varied domains, and the control mechanisms necessary in a notecard environment. A prototype has been built and integrated with a knowledge base browsing tool, and is currently being expanded in capability as well as being integrated into a second domain.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE