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Supporting Knowledge Work by Observing Paper-Based Activities on the Physical Desktop

Stefan Dellmuth; Heiko Maus; Andreas Dengel
In: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Camera Based Document Analysis and Recognition. International Workshop on Camera-Based Document Analysis and Recognition (CBDAR-09), located at ICDAR 2009, July 25, Barcelona, Spain, 7/2009.


Despite the progress in personal information management, the desks of knowledge workers have remained untouched, justified by the claim that the paperless office is imminent. This led to a huge gap between the electronic world and the physical world. This paper combines the Semantic Desktop, methods of desk organization, and user observation together in order to bridge this gap. It focuses on paper artifacts and makes use of how knowledge workers organize them and interact with them. Paper artifacts are automatically observed, identified, and integrated into a model of the physical world. Moreover, paper documents are introduced into the personal knowledge space. A history of present and past desk layouts enables knowledge workers to search for information that was once present on their desks.


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