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published: March 2004
Digital Voyage: A Narrative Approach to Information Access
Demonstration: Your Colleagues - 1
Digital Voyages, an ongoing project at Mystic Seaport, is being developed in a publishing format that combines synthetic materials, metadata, and digital surrogates in any format in a number of refereed and unrefereed structures. One can follow a simple linear narrative with hyperlinks, a context -driven and completely non-linear meander through the universe circumscribed by Digital Voyages, a customized narrative, or any combination of those elements.
But, beyond being a format for presenting a body of material, it is a format that allows users to add material or comments or create their own paths through the materials and save or share those. As such, it is the core of a web-based educational tool with options for directing comments or selections that might come from or go to a teacher or a student as well as being a complex view of a body of material. Digital Voyages represents one instance of a newly developed web publication format.