Question: Can you talk a little about Augment/NLS and how it's relevant to the world today? (Question not recorded).
Answer: One of the things about our Augment/NLS system is that we don't want say that it is the inevitable end but there was so many things which got put in and which got working that we learnt that as a combination were extremely valuable. We are therefore confident that to get those things in an early form of OHS would be a very good place to start...

Augment/NLS is Dougs great project, it is where the mouse, windows etc. came into being. Much of what went into Augment/NLS has still to make it into general use.

The basic NLS system was developed and evolved in the mid-to-late 60s through exclusive use by the development team in the Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

With the development of appropriate procedures and training, the goal was to significantly boost individual's, group's and organization's performance by augmenting their ability to work with knowledge.

Substantial progress was made in supporting individuals -- most of the capabilities and features that now fall under "personal computing" were first reduced to practice within the ARC. Some progress was made toward basic "groupware" or computer supported collaborative work "CSCW" functions -- electronic mail, a library system, real-time multi-party shared screen, as examples, were designed or implemented before the system was generally available to outsiders.

In 1978 Tymshare acquired the rights to the software and renamed it AUGMENT. (Copied in part from AUGMENT's Support of Organizations - A Brief History.)


Early Workstation

Keywords: Augment, NLS, OHS, Tymshare, SRI, ARC,
Related Links: AUGMENT's Support of Organizations - A Brief History.
Collaboration Support Provisions in AUGMENT.
Authorship Provisions in AUGMENT.
NLS Teleconferencing Features.

.au 11.127 khz 16 bits mono with µLaw 2;1 compression.

Originally recorded on an Apple Macintosh PowerBook using a SONY ECM-T145 condenser microphone and Adobe Premiere audio/video editing software. The original recording was saved as a QuickTime file at 22 mhz, 16 bits with no compression.
Due to Doug's characteristically low voice it was then imported into a Premiere project where the volume was raised in the project timeline three times (no filter) and saved as a QuickTime movie.
The document was then finally imported into Apple's QuickTime Player and exported as .au at 11.127 khz, 16 bits mono with µLaw 2;1 compression resulting in the version playing here.

Recorded: Session 2. 7/25/2000. Interviewed at Dr. Engelbarts residence in Atherton, California, late in the evening by Frode Hegland @.


Copyright Doug Engelbart/Frode Hegland - 2000