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Wired News 06/14/99

Two Illinois scholars have created software that may open the door to online academic collaboration and debate. The software allows authors to post their papers to solicit outside reviews. Readers' suggestions will be displayed in pop-up windows within the paper's text, allowing authors to obtain feedback and other reviewers to read previously posted commentary. The texts and suggestions are stored on a server and edited using FileMaker Pro, which can be downloaded on the project Internet site. The software may change the publication of a text from a solitary event to a means of interaction, facilitating interaction among academics that once was only present within published journals and scattered Internet bulletin boards. The new interactive software offers the prospect of raising new questions immediately, thus speeding the debate.

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