What is CommonSpace?
CommonSpace is a collaborative writing environment for use
in a multitude of settings. It was a joint project with Sixth Floor Media
. and Within Technology.
Formally available from Houghton Mifflin College Division's Sixth
Floor Media Department, for either Macintosh and Windows environment,
CommonSpace uses a unique columnar interface to allow annotation of
document text in a flexible and powerful fashion.
A Brief History of CommonSpace
The interface for CommonSpace was the culmination of many years
of work by many people. While Within Technology and Sixth Floor Media
brought CommonSpace to the commercial marketplace, many of the original
interface ideas were developed by a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon
The precursor for CommonSpace was the PREP
Editor, a research prototype developed at Carnegie
Mellon University as part of the NSF
Editor project. The PREP Project consisted of (in no particular
order) Jim Morris, Chris Neuwirth, David Kaufer, Paul Erion, Dale Wiggins,
and Rob Chandhok. Many graduate students were also involved at various
times during the project, most notably Patricia Wojahn and Loel Robinson.
Jim, David, and Chris are still at Carnegie Mellon where they continue
to do research and run various departments. Paul, Dale, and Rob left
CMU to start Within Technology. Currently these people have also left