Cathy Marshall is a Senior Researcher in MSR's Silicon Valley Lab. She is currently working on Community Information Management applications and issues associated with personal digital archiving.[1] She has led a series of projects investigating analytical work practices and collaborative hypertext, including two system development projects, Aquanet (named after the hairspray) and VIKI.[2] Marshall is mainly interested in studying human interaction when mediated by technology. From her early experiences with hypertext, Marshall discovered the negative effects of having analysts work with formal representation. Marshall learned that information which does not fit in formal representation gets lost as people try to force it into this area.[3] She worked at the Fuji Xerox Palo Alto lab for 20 years.[4]

Between 1993 and 1996, while working with PARC (company), Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall collaborated on Forward Anywhere: Notes on an Exchange between Intersecting Lives, a hypernarrative work based on electronic communication that passed between the two in which they sought "to exchange the remembered and day-to-day substance of our lives".[5] In the essay, "Closure was never a goal in this piece," the two, (Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall) share their experiences and thoughts about collaborating in "Forward Anywhere," excerpts of which can be found in the site itself. She has also produced works such as "Do Tags Work?" which is a narrative on the effectiveness of archive tagging on the internet.


  2. "Forward Anywhere." Eastgate: Serious Hypertext. Web. 26 Oct. 2009. <>.
  3. "Cathy Marshall Interview"
  5. The Independent, 6 April 1997. Marek Kohn, Technofile. Retrieved on April 29, 2009.

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