Historical Projects

XRCE was the first in the world to explore a number of technologies. 
In the 1990’s, we were the first to mix paper and computer screens to form a ‘digital desk’ – one of the first steps towards augmented reality. At that time, we created the concept of meta-search engines that harness the power of multiple search engines and even automatically learn to query online databases. We laid the foundations for today’s ubiquitous computing, by exploring how mobile devices could share hyperlinks and how people could retrieve information on the basis of their context. We also created distributed computing systems and web service architectures which are seeing the light today as the underlying structure for how we are doing business in an online world.We continue to give access to this material as our contribution to the history of computing.

Contact: Irene Maxwell, XRCE Communications manager.

  • Document Content Models


  • XeLDA
  • Kasba


  • CLF
  • ANT

Document Structure

  • IWrap
  • Web Information Discovery

Knowledge Management

  • CBKB: Constraint Based Knowledge Brokers
  • SmartPrinter
  • Knowledge Pump
  • Campiello

Image Processing

  • DigitalDesk to CamWorks: a Brief History
  • User studies
  • PageCam
  • Portable Document Camera

Work Practices

  • Emerging Office Environments
  • Large Scale Document Production
  • Working with Processes
  • Affordances of Paper
  • Distributed Document Production and Use
  • Metalevel Representations in Interactive Systems
  • Use of Video in Distributed Design and Manufacture
  • Central Government Customer Profiling
  • Design Space Analysis
  • Design Activities in Project Organisation
  • Electronic Document Production in Central Government
  • Work, Interaction and Technology
  • Media Space Studies
  • Milk