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The Doug Engelbart Institute recognizes the following technology advancements, and the teams and visionaries who created them, as examples of what currently most closely demonstrates or satisfies key requirements for the type of world-wide open hyperdocument system (OHS) that Doug Engelbart determined would be necessary for realizing the true potential of the information age, enabling dramatic gains in collective IQ at scale. 1a

To get familiar with Doug's concept of OHS and how that fits into a larger vision, see About OHS.

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"Annotate the web,
any time, any where." - open source, non-profit, community-driven

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PC-based re-creation of the original high-performance outlining thinking tool from the lab that invented the mouse and windowing

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Demos @50
A variety of Engelbart-inspired tools demonstrated at the 50th Anniversary of The Demo in Silicon Valley

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NLS / Augment
The original system that Doug and team first demonstrated in 1968, NLS became Augment, continued to evolve thru 1996.

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An augmented browser project - led by Doug Engelbart in 2006 with NSF funding

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Purple Suite
Tools for incorporating "purple numbers" onto web pages and wiki pages, no longer supported but good case example

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Led by Dan Whaley, Founding Director, the non-profit emerged out of the Open Annotation initiative.

HyPerform 4

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Offered by N. Dean Meyer, Engelbart Alumnus and President N. Dean Meyer & Associates, Executive Coach and Author of numerous case studies and books such as Principle-based Organizational Structure, Internal Market Economics, and Fast Track to Changing Corporate Culture.

  • Basics: HyPerform - "a re-creation of the original high-performance thinking tool from the lab that invented the mouse and windowing." Dean got his start in Doug Engelbart's lab and remained close throughout his career. HyPerform faithfully integrates NLS/Augment functionality for individual and group knowledge work. Compose, edit, study, browse, link with all the ease and flexibility displayed by Doug Engelbart's team, on a modern platform. Runs on PC Window, available for purchase, full user's guide included.

  • Status: Released, full-featured, comes with comprehensive user guide. Refer to Outlining Software: HyPerform for technical requirements and purchase information.

  • Article: HyPerform and Augment, posted by Christina Engelbart, excerpt: “Dad’s contention was that IT has to be a super enabler for concurrently developing, integrating, and applying knowledge. HyPerform is strong on all of them.”

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A variety of Engelbart-inspired tools were demonstrated at the Engelbart Symposium on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Doug's legendary demo, held Dec. 9th, 2018, at the Computer History Museum.

  • Basics: Visit Demos at the Symposium site for details. Tool developers inspired by Engelbart's vision were invited to demonstrate their work at the Engelbart Symposium. Demos ranged from experimental proof of concept to fully operational and broadly deployed, while some were celebrated for their historical significance. Several are also featured above.

  • Status: Ranging from 'in progress' to 'experimental' to 'released'. Refer to each individually.

  • More: Frode Hegland, who leads the Future of Text Symposium, convened a subset of the demoers to coordinate efforts ahead of the event on, and hosted with Vint Cerf an all day sprint-type workshop the day before the big day. See blog posts Demo Planning, and After the 9th including some great commentary by participants. Efforts among a core group are ongoing.

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Led by Doug Engelbart and his team beginning at SRI in the 1960s, continued to evolve through 1996.

  • Basics: NLS/Augment began as the oNLine System in the mid-1960s at Stanford Research Institute. Famously demonstrated in 1968 in what became known as the Mother of All Demos, NLS was a fully integrated environment for 'augmenting human intellect', for maximizing the effectiveness with which individuals and groups could pursue tough challenges and solutions. Doug presented the system as an Instrument and a Vehicle for exploration of what the organization of the future, or networked teams of the future, would need in the face of accelerated change. His team were rigorous test case of same.

  • Status: For demonstration purposes, when it's running. Currently not running anywhere. Software has been retained along with tons of augment-browseable files. Previously released, full-featured, fully documented, used intensively for decades.

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  • Related Articles: A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect - AFIPS | Dec 1968 | Engelbart & English; Tymshare's Augment: Heralding a New Era - The Seybold Report | Oct 1978 | Patricia Seybold; Douglas Carl Engelbart: Developing the Underlying Concepts for Contemporary Computing - IEEE Annals | Jul 1997 | Susan B. Barnes. See also Doug's Augmentation Papers and related Press.

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Doug Engelbart's 2006 project with Brad Neuberg, Eugene Kim, Jonathan Cheyer, Christina Engelbart, and others, under modest one-year NSF grant in 2006.

  • Basics: HyperScope was conceived as a first phase effort to kickstart populating modern browsers with OHS functionality, beginning with augmented browsing, and beginning with Firefox 2.0 browser. Includes Augment-like jumping and viewspecs implemented in beginner and turbo modes. See About HyperScope for description and links to project website, and Past Initiatives on our Projects page for links to developers' project repository.

  • Status: Demonstration system released as beta in 2006, not iterated, freely available to the tech savvy able to deal with vintage conditions. Start here after perusing About HyperScope.

  • Watch: See Hyperscope Demos by Brad and Eugene.

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Led by Eugene Kim initially circa 2004 to populate webpages with "purple numbers" - the address numbers used in Augment and throughout our website.

  • Basics: Purple - Tools for incorporating augment-like functionality on the web, initially implemented for generating "purple numbers" in web pages and wiki pages to add fine-grained addressability. Purple numbers can offer a point of reference while browsing. Clicking on a purple number "jumps" that item to top of your window. Right-clicking on a purple number to select "Copy link/location" generates a link that points directly to that item. In the Ontolog version you could optionally Hide or Show the numbers, as you can in Augment, HyPerform, and HyperScope. The Purple idea was that related functionality could be added under the Purple umbrella. Purple number generators were developed for use in web pages (PurpleSlurple) and wiki pages (PurpleWiki), then came Purple Media Wiki.

  • Status: No longer supported as a tool, but the concept of supporting fine-grained addressability is still highly relevant. We at Doug Engelbart Institute still use our own version on our website.

  • Key Articles: An Introduction to Purple by Eugene Kim; PurpleSlurple making the Rounds by Earl Mardle; Purple Numbers for Everyone: Jon Udell Interviews Silona Bonewald by Matthew Schneider; Purple MediaWiki: Fine-Grained Addressability of Wiki Content by Peter Yim, Jonathan Cheyer in collaboration with Northeastern Univ.