Theodor Holm Nelson PhD (<>)

Project Xanadu and The Internet Archive

This Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) Main Conference Room (

Co-sponsored by: UCLA Department of Information Studies, Colloquium Series (<>)

UCLA Library (<>)

The computer world pretends to be finished, but never will be.  In fact it simulates the past: computers for secretaries, as designed by Xerox in the 1970s, have become our working world. Today's "computer documents" (.doc and .pdf) simulate paper and the fancy printing of long ago. The Web added trivial one-way jumps, allowing pogo-stick travel between pages.  But what of deeper connection?

We need deep, live documents of a very different kind for the interactive screen, as foreseen by Bush and Engelbart and others—for annotation and detailed discussion and scholarship, for organizing and decision-making, for lawmaking and litigation, and for entirely new forms of writing. Such profusely connected, living documents are still possible, but require a wholly different infrastructure.  We will show some of these alternatives.

Ted Nelson is an idealistic troublemaker who coined the word 'hypertext' in the sixties, and continues to fight for a completely different computer world.


A reception and book signing will follow the colloquium.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own copies to be signed.  Ted Nelson’s new book Possiplex: An Autobiography of Ted Nelson and recent bookGeeks Bearing Gifts are available for purchase through<> (links provided below).  A few copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

Possiplex: An Autobiography of Ted Nelson (