2.6. Key Points in Chapter Two

Which activities are common to all organizing systems?

Selection, organizing, interaction design, and maintenance activities occur in every organizing system.

(See §2.1, “Introduction”)

Are selection, organizing, interaction design, and maintenance the same activities in every organizing systems?

These activities are not identical in every domain, but the general terms enable communication and learning about domain-specific methods and vocabularies.

(See §2.1, “Introduction”)

What is the first decision to be made when creating an organizing system?

The most fundamental decision for an organizing system is determining its resource domain, the group or type of resources that are being organized.

(See §2.2, “Selecting Resources”)

Does making selection principles clear and consistent ensure that they are good ones?

Even when the selection principles behind a collection are clear and consistent, they can be unconventional, idiosyncratic, or otherwise biased.

(See §2.2.2, “Selection Principles”)

What is a resource property?

In this book we use property in a generic and ordinary sense as a synonym for feature or “characteristic.” Many cognitive and computer scientists are more precise in defining these terms and reserve property for binary ...

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