Capturing Software Rationale in a Multi-Media Design Narrative

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32522
Amount: $94,091.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1748 Seaton Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sidney Bailin
 (202) 328-3352
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
In this SBIR project, Knowledge Evolution, Inc. (KEI) supported by the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) proposes to develop a Multi-Media Design Narrative (MMDN) capability that can fundamentally alter the way software design knowledge is communicated among designers. The MMDN will bid on three complimentary technologies: 1) KEI's case-based approach to software engineering, 2) work by ISI on applying multi-media to software documentation, and 3) Literate Programs. The project will go beyond the three base technologies by introducing explicit narrative structure into the software design record and packaging it in a multi-media presentation similar to computer-based training (CBT). For any particular task, the narrative structure will lead the developer along the most relevant threads in the web of recorded decisions and artifacts. The narrative structure will "raise the stakes" of the design process by engaging the developer in a dialogue, inviting him or her to become an actor in the ongoing story, highlighting and giving substance to the implications of design decisions.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government