EclipseCon 2007 March 5-8, Santa Clara California

Waypoints, Tags, and Tours : Going beyond Eclipse bookmarks via Social Navigation

Li-Te Cheng (IBM), Ian Bull (University of Victoria), Michael Desmond (), Margaret-Anne Storey (University of Victoria)

· Long Talk

Wednesday, 13:30, 50 minutes | Room 203-204


Ian Bull

Margaret-Anne Storey

When managing software artifacts, it can be difficult to keep track of the ways that they are related to one another, or remember important points within the documents. This talk will introduce and demonstrate TagSEA, an open source tool to help manage and navigate software artifacts in Eclipse. Our design is inspired by combining "waypoints" from geographical navigation with "social tagging" from social bookmarking software to support coordination and communication amongst developers. We also extend TagSEA with "tours" to allow developers to use their "waypointed" materials to create live technical presentations that combine traditional slideware with seamless transitions to user-specified regions of Eclipse along with visual effects.

Li-Te is a researcher from the Collaborative User Experience (CUE) Group at IBM Research. The CUE group studies and builds social software for the enterprise, information visualization tools, and collaborative development environments. His current research interests lie in intersection of software development, human-computer interaction, and computer supported cooperative work, particularly in extending Eclipse with collaborative capabilities. Li-Te's current work include applying ideas from social tagging to software development (work with Margaret-Anne Storey from the University of Victoria), as well as turning the development environment into an interface for audiences. Before joining IBM, he built and evaluated a vibrotactile feedback system for virtual environments (BSc/MSc at the University of Waterloo) and prototyped a variety of augmented reality systems for wearable computers (PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland).

Ian is a PhD Candidate, studying under the supervision of Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey with The Chisel Group at the University of Victoria. Ian's research interests include software architecture, information visualization, domain specific languages and helping people manage large information spaces. Ian is currently studying how Model Driven Visualization can assist while creating advanced user interfaces for complex data sets. Ian is also the lead architect of the Zest component for Eclipse. Zest is an open source visualization toolkit designed to add advanced user interface controls to Standard Widget Toolkit and the JFace framework.

Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Victoria, a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto and a Canada Research Chair in Human Computer Interaction for Software Engineering. She is one of the principal investigators for CSER (Centre for Software Engineering Research in Canada) and an investigator for the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, US. Her research goal is to understand how technology can help people explore, understand and share complex information and knowledge. She applies and evaluates techniques from knowledge engineering, social software and visual interface design to applications such as collaborative software development, program comprehension, medical ontology development, and learning in web-based environments.

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