There is disclosed a method to coordinate the storage and retrieval of information with automated data processing equipment. A controlled vocabulary terms is used to link to other functions of storage/retrieval, telecommunications, and decision support. The controlled vocabulary is presented graphically to enhance the user interface and connections to the other functions are visually comprehensable as movements within, out of, or into the display screen. By unifying storage, retrieval and communication around the controlled vocabulary the context of information is enhanced and the effort in inputting, outputting, sending, and receiving information is reduced.
Further, the device can be constructed as being goal or outcome directed. This design further enhances the coordination abilities of the device and makes the device useful in task directed activities, especially those involving substantial amounts of information, the need to decide among alternative choices for action, and/or the neeed to coordinate the activities among individuals (as group work).