Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Douglas Engelbart

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Doug Engelbart
Doug Engelbart

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart, Founder Emeritus of the Doug Engelbart Institute*, has an unparalleled track record in predicting, designing, and implementing the future of organizational computing. From his early vision of turning organizations into augmented knowledge workshops, he went on to pioneer what is now known as collaborative hypermedia, knowledge management, community networking, and organizational transformation.1

Well-known technological firsts include the mouse, display editing, windows, cross-file editing, outline processing, hypermedia, and groupware. Integrated prototypes were in full operation under the NLS system, as early as 1968. In the last decade of its continued evolution, thousands of users have benefited from its unique team support capabilities.2

After 20 years directing his Augmentation Research Center (ARC) lab at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), and 11 years as senior scientist, first at Tymshare, and then at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Engelbart founded the Bootstrap Institute*, where he worked closely with industry and government stakeholders to launch a collaborative implementation of his work for over a decade.3

Engelbart has received numerous awards for outstanding lifetime achievement and ingenuity, including the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, and ACM’s 1997 A.M. Turing Award. His life’s work, with his “big-picture” vision and persistent pioneering breakthroughs, has made a significant impact on the past, present, and future of personal, interpersonal, and organizational computing.

The first contribution below is from a speech at a gala for recipients of Singapore’s National Infocomm awards,, 23 April 2002.  The second is Bootstrap Institute June 1992 (AUGMENT,132811,) bibliographic reference as presented  at OSS ‘94,  The entire book, COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace, was dedicated to him.

Shared Imagination

Toward High Performance Organizations: A Strategic Role for Groupware

Learn more at the Doug Englebart Institute and its earlier incarnation, the Bootstrap Institute.

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