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John F. Meech's 3 most productive colleagues in number of publications:Peter J. Thomas:15Robert MacRedie:12William H. Edmonds..:10
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Publications by John F. Meech (bibliography)
Lucas, M., Meech, John F. and Purcell, C. (1997): Re-Engineering a Complex Network Interface. In: Smith, Michael J., Salvendy, Gavriel and Koubek, Richard J. (eds.) HCI International 1997 - Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Volume 2 August 24-29, 1997, San Francisco, California, USA. pp. 771-774.
Thomas, Peter J., Meech, John F. and Williams, Jane (1996): Multimedia information using mobile computers: accessing the digital campus and the digital library. In New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 2 pp. 17-23.
It is clear that the role of the information resource is changing. Major publishers have been slow to adapt to the emergence of a global digital medium, but there are now signs that a great deal of information will be delivered on-line, (although at present only about 25 databases account for 80% of usage in UK and optical publishing is still in its early stages). However, digital publishing on the Internet - example - will be a driving force in creating the 'global digital medium'. One issue that will become increasingly relevant is how the individual user accesses rich multimedia data in the most appropriate way. The 'digital university campus' and the 'digital library' are coming to be important concepts, with the aim that users of information services will receive information on-line supported by a 'ubiquistructure' of information technology. For the 'digital campus' this means that not only scholarly but also teaching activities are based on interactive access to information, and where not only the digital library but also digital bookshop and the digital classroom are becoming possible with the development of 140MB/s SuperJANET links. However, it is recognised that libraries will not be truly digital for the foreseeable future, and that libraries will maintain traditional and digital media side by side. In this paper, reporting on work at the University of Bristol's Educational Technology Service multimedia resources unit MRU, and the University of the West of England's Centre for Personal Information Management (in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the University of Bristol's Centre for Communications Research), we look the 'digital library' and 'digital campus' from the perspective of the individual user and her information needs. We are particular interested in the use of small, mobile computers as access points to the global digital medium. We suggest that, in an environment of change - where the traditional campus and the traditional library exist alongside the digital campus and digital library - the most appropriate form of access technology is based on 'personal technology' which allows a linking between digital information and traditional paper-based information.
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Thomas, Peter J., Jones, Stephen R., Lees, David Y. and Meech, John F. (1995): Issues in the Design of Personal Office Support Systems. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting 1995. pp. 278-281.
The work undertaken by office-based professionals who work closely together on information management tasks has been the object of various studies which seek to categorise and provide guidelines for the smooth performance of those tasks. However, current technology support to be found in many offices provides little in the way of integration between different information media and processes, usually relying on the workers themselves to 'adapt and survive' both in terms of 'personal work' and 'collaborative work'. This paper describes the complexities in the design of computer-based technologies to support through a detailed study of the design of a 'personal office support system' (POS) currently being undertaken.
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Thomas, Peter J., Meech, John F. and MacRedie, Robert (1995): Personal Information Appliances. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 1995. pp. 945-950.
The range of information management activities which personal computing devices are intended to support include (a) Storage of local information created or manipulated by users (b) Retrieval of local and non-local information (c) Integration of multiple sources of local and non-local information (d) Decision-making by integrating stored, retrieved and integrated information (e) Communication with other users and devices The activities which comprise what may be termed 'personal information management' [1, 2, 3, 4] require not only the use of various technologies, media and modalities but their integration. In this paper we look at the characteristics of personal information appliances, the range of activities which they support, and review families of appliances and their application domains with examples from a current project.
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Thomas, Peter J. and Meech, John F. (1994): Theory, Practice and Technology for Developing Usable Personal Systems. In: Proceedings of OZCHI94, the CHISIG Annual Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 1994. pp. 223-228.
This paper reviews theory, practice and technology for 'personal information management'. The paper defines and identifies the nature of personal information management and reviews the ways in which current technology supports only a limited conception of personal information management. The paper reviews concepts and technologies for the development of usable personal systems.
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Thomas, Peter J. and Meech, John F. (1994): Personal Information Management: Developing Usable Personal Systems. In: Proceedings of OZCHI94, the CHISIG Annual Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 1994. pp. 327-328.
Edmondson, William H. and Meech, John F. (1994): Putting Task Analysis into Context. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 26 (4) pp. 59-63.
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