CS408 Human Computer Interaction GDB Solution Spring 2013

“Do you think that in existing electronic situation, the ever-increasing amount of human being information means that human user, center more on organizing their information rather than using it to complete their goals/objectives? In other words do you agree or not that web is a place of action, not just information and core purpose of global data is to serve human needs? 

Justify your reply with very solid points or with a real world scenario”.


From human readable web pages, to formal semantics of linked data and the emergent social semantics of tags and folksonomies, we routinely look to the web as both a source of information and a place to put data. However, the web is also a locus of action: users want to get things done, whether booking a hotel room, or editing an online spreadsheet. The boundaries between web and desktop interaction are blur-ring. On the one hand, the traditional PC desktop is now inhabited
by widgets such as the Mac Dashboard, web fast-download apps such as Java Web Start or Adobe Air, and expanded browser func

tionality such as Chrome. On the other hand, computation and applications that once were part of the desktop are now hosted on the web (for example word-processing with Google Docs), and various technologies enable web applications to function even when
users have no connectivity to the internet (for example DojoX , Google Gears and the offline mode of HTML5 ). Furthermore, in emerging markets such as India and China, this convergence will be total, as the sole computing experience for many will be through mobile devices and predominantly the web.
So far most of these web-like or web-based applications are separate, and web activity is glued together by the user, often through
crude cutting and pasting between web applications. This separation is epitomised by Google Web Elements,
which embed content in users’ web pages, but, with the exception of Google maps, are largely sealed from one another and their context; while consider-ably more functional than data feeds, in the end no more integrated
than early web syndication. Embedded applications, such as those in Facebook or Google Widgets, are integrated more richly with  their respective underlying platforms, but again largely firewalled from each other, preventing synergistic interactions.