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Achieving productivity in Electronic Publishing

Spring, Michael B (1989) Achieving productivity in Electronic Publishing. Technical Report. School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

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This paper addresses the question of achieving productivity in publishing activities using electronic tools. It begins with a brief review of the evolution of electronic publishing, with reflections on parallels in the development of traditional mass printing, and traces more recent work on multimedia and distributed document composition and production. Three questions are addressed in the paper. First, what is the problem we are attempting to address? There is support for a paradigm shift in the field from text processing to document processing with more attention being paid to holistic treatment of documents. Second, is computer technology amenable to document processing? Historically, computers have been designed and geared to the processing of numerical information in structured form. We need to ask how the technology, or at very least our window on it, needs to change to be consonant with the tasks of document processing. Third, is the environment in which this processing takes place appropriate for the technology? More simply put, the office is an environment that does not lend itself easily to the introduction of computing or more broadly to change. Like nay social system, our work environments are subculture that are to some degree self-perpetuating. The concluding segment of the paper addresses steps that may be taken in the workplace to introduce technology in a way that the chances of increasing productivity.


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Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Spring, Michael Bspring@pitt.eduSPRING
Monograph Type: Technical Report
Date: 1989
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
Place of Publication: Pittsburgh, PA
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: School of Library and Information Science
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Other ID: LIS007/LS88007
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 16:45
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:03


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