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User Community Benefits

The reasons to Support & Use Visual-Meta is different for different user communities:

For government, ‘arming’ the population with the best possible information tools is becoming a matter of national security now that information warfare in cyberspace is an increasing threat, not only militarily but also against what some call liberal western democratic values. Fake News and propaganda can be better dealt with when text can be read more efficiently and checked more efficiently, with instant access to citations and other useful interactions for the user to get to grips with the information. We must quite simply Arm The Citizen.

For academia the benefit is that the legacy document format PDF does not need to be retired and that future capabilities can still be provided.

For libraries and archivists, Visual-Meta literally flattens their problems by reducing concerns for document types (since PDF is a very well entrenched standard), lost metadata and lost interactions by putting all this information onto the same level as the body text.

For students, the benefits include quicker citing when writing, checking of citations when reading and easier organising of literature reviews.

Reference Manager developers can further augment their software to be more useful and advanced at a lower cost since basic citation functions is contained in the documents themselves.

For teachers, quicker citation checking by allowing them to re-order the References section and by knowing that citations created through Visual-Meta are robust.

For journal editors the cosmetic of their journal can be automated based on different submitted styles, reducing the need for revisions based on formatting.

For hypertext authors, Visual-Meta can start to build a document based-hypertext space (with document-based addressing, as a form of citing), in addition to the current server-based system which will have different constraints and different opportunities which we are only beginning to understand.

Advanced authors can take advantage of the computational text functionality to add interactive richness to their documents, allowing readers to better explore their material in more interactive ways, with more ‘live’ text.

For those who need to read large volumes of documents in bulk, Visual-Meta surfaces in-document data to servers for such analysis based on citations or other data, including rights management so that servers will know how much of the document can be used in trails and presentations. This can lead to completely new and powerful ways to view and interact with the content of documents, liberated from their rectangular shapes and their interactive potential unleashed in powerful ways. More examples of Reading in Bulk.

For those who write frequently on the same topic, the benefits will include the ability to define terms for glossaries as-and-when the user writes documents in a simply Glossary section which is easily accessible to the reader both in the Glossary section and is instantly when coming across a term in the document, leading to less repetition and more fluidity in writing.

For future generations, the robustness of the approach will provide a higher chance of higher quality documents being available to them.