Frank M. Baker
Hypermedia Communication Specialist

NCSA Scientific Data Technologies Group (SDT)
NCSA Hierarchical Data Format Group (HDF)
Units within the NCSA Data Management and Exploration Division (DME)

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Professional Interests:

 Electronic publishing
 Information presentation
 Information management
 Readability -- the traditional issues and in a larger sense
 Graphics and navigability
 Content organization
 Visual organization
 Traditional readability issues
 Good coffee
By trade, I am a technical editor and writer. In recent years, I have engaged in the following sorts of projects: The links below will take you to a sampling of these projects.

In more traditional environments, electronic publishing includes the use of electronic means to publish documents that are printed on paper and bound into volumes of varying shapes and colors. In our context, the term electronic tends to cover the entire life of the document. Most of my work is destined for the Internet (the World Wide Web, actually) or CDs; only rarely is a document published in a print format.

Recent major projects include the following:
Electronic Proceedings (Web): Proceedings of the
Second World Wide Web Conference '94: Mosaic and the Web

 Electronic Proceedings (CD and Web): Proceedings of
 the 1995 ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference, SC95

Full-function prototype website:
Project COMPETE Web Site
An installation of the  NCSA netWorkPlace™, an online collaborative workspace, for the DoD HPC MP projects           (slides)
DoD HPC MP PET Web sites
Documentation for the HDF and HDF5 projects:
For example, the ever-evolving HDF5 document set
And a project that I'm really excited about but that is not yet ready
for public display. It is fundamentally different from the rest.

As you can imagine, we have learned a lot about Web presentation and navigation within a site over the past two years and enjoy projects where we can put new navigation ideas to work in a large document set. The ideal project is a large and diverse set of closely-related documents, such as a major conference proceedings with a variety of major and minor supplementary pieces or a reference site linking related yet diverse research and training materials.

Personal Interests:

 The family
 The garden
 The family pets
 From Fyodor Dostoyevski and Thomas Hardy to Louis L'Amour
 From the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette to Science News and The New York Times
 Excellent coffee

Directory Information

Frank M. Baker, Hypermedia Communications Specialist
Hierarchical Data Format Group (HDF) in the
Scientific Data Technologies Group (SDT) of the
Data Management and Exploration Division (DME) at the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on the campus of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
... and how's that for a mouthful?
Regular mail or courier service:
Frank Baker
605 East Springfield Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
Campus mail:
Frank Baker
152 Computing Applications Building, MC-476
...and the more immediate methods:
Personal email: 
    (but you knew that...)
69 Computing Applications Building
    corner of 6th and Springfield

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Last revision or review: 18 Novenber 1999
Contact information current: 23 Novenber 1999