Cathy Marshall (hypertext developer)

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Cathy Marshall
Residence Mountain View, California
Occupation Principal Researcher
Employer Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Lab
Title Principal Researcher
Website[dead link]

Cathy Marshall is a Principal Researcher in Microsoft Research's Silicon Valley Lab. She is currently[when?] working on Community Information Management applications and issues associated with personal digital archiving.[1] She has led a series of projects investigating analytical work practices and collaborative hypertext, including two system development projects, Aquanet (named after the hairspray) and VIKI.[2] Marshall is mainly interested in studying human interaction when mediated by technology. From her early experiences with hypertext, Marshall discovered the negative effects of having analysts work with formal representation. Marshall learned that information which does not fit in formal representation gets lost as people try to force it into this area.[3] Cathy has a 20-year history working with hypertext.[4] She worked at Xerox PARC for 11 years and Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Lab for one year.

Between 1993 and 1996, while working with PARC, Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall collaborated on Forward Anywhere: Notes on an Exchange between Intersecting Lives, a hypernarrative work based on electronic communication that passed between the two in which they sought "to exchange the remembered and day-to-day substance of our lives".[5] In the essay, "Closure was never a goal in this piece," the two, (Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall) share their experiences and thoughts about collaborating in "Forward Anywhere," excerpts of which can be found in the site itself. She has also produced works such as "Do Tags Work?" which is a narrative on the effectiveness of archive tagging on the internet.

Selected Bibliography[edit]

Reading and Writing the Electronic Book, Morgan & Claypool (2009)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Forward Anywhere." Eastgate: Serious Hypertext. Web. 26 Oct. 2009. <>.
  3. ^ "Cathy Marshall Interview"[dead link]
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  5. ^ The Independent, 6 April 1997. Marek Kohn, Technofile. Retrieved on April 29, 2009. Archived November 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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