About NBNB is an annotation taking tool developed by the Haystack Group at CSAIL. Students and Faculty can use NB to annotate arbitrary PDF files online, in a collaborative fashion. Visit NB site
What's new ?
|March, 8 2009|| New layout for NB (beta version) at http://nb.csail.mit.edu/?t=p11.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I see and navigate through all my notes ?
Try our Collage Interface
- My notes don't show up ! What's wrong ?
Did you check the option in the PDF Viewer window ?
- Can NB annotate anything besides PDFs ?
No. NB is meant at annotating PDFs. Fortunately, many files can be converted to PDFs nowadays, using commands like Export to PDF or simply Print... If you're interested in annotating arbitrary websites, you can try The Tutor
- Did the staff really receive the Reading Memo I just typed in ?
Yes, as long it it appears as an assignment, the staff will be able to see it
- I have a question. Who can I ask ?
You can email Sacha: sacha (at) csail (dot) mit (dot) edu
- I like/dislike such and such feature - I'd like a new feature to be implemented. Does anyone care ?
We DO care a lot about your impressions and your feedback will tremendously help. Please send your comments to Sacha: sacha (at) csail (dot) mit (dot) edu
- Is my information secure ? What gets stored where ? What about privacy ?
- NB stores your annotations on a SQL database located on campus.
- NB doesn't know your real name, it only knows your username which is the email address where you received your NB invitation, and that you use to login on NB
- The following summarizes the privacy settings for your notes:
- Your Open Comments can be seen by both students and staff. However, they can't see your username (unless they report a misuse of the site to the NB admins). If you want your identity to appear, you need to sign your comment.
- Your Reading Assignments can be seen by the staff along with your email. If the staff decides that your assignment would complement the readings in a way that benefits the whole class, they can make it a Public Assignment, so that the students can also see it, and comment on it. However, students do not see your email.
- Your Private notes are... private: Staff and other students can't see them
- Do you plan on using all those annotations for anything ?
Yes, After the term is over, we would like to be able to extracting statistics from the annotations that have been entered during the term, as part of our ongoing research, to improve NB and understand better the features users need, like and dislike. Of course, all the data we may end up publishing will preserve the author's anonymity, in be in accordance with the COUHES rules.
NB has been designed with the academic community in mind, it uses no encryption, doesn't try too hard to protect itself from malicious users, stores cookies on your computer for quite a long time (unless you log out)... To summarize, don't put confidential information on NB !
NB is a research project and we can't provide any kind of warranty including, but not limited to the availability of the service, the confidentiality of your annotations, the vulnerability of NB to computer attacks etc...