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  Technical Report: One-Hundred Days in an Activity-Centric Collaboration Environment based on Shared Objects

One-Hundred Days in an Activity-Centric Collaboration Environment based on Shared Objects

Technical Report #:04-02
Author(s): Michael J. Muller, Werner Geyer, Beth Brownholtz, Eric Wilcox, David R. Millen
Category(s):CSCW, Computer-mediated communication, Activity-centric collaboration, synchronous/asynchronous collaboration, User Study
Full Citation:CHI 2004 Conference
April 24-29, 2004
Vienna, Austria
Copyright 2004, IBM. All rights reserved.

Abstract

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This paper describes a new collaboration technology that is carefully poised between informal, ad hoc, easy-to-initiate collaborative tools, vs. more formal, structured, and high-overhead collaborative applications. Our approach focuses on the support of lightweight, informally structured, opportunistic activities featuring heterogeneous threads of shared objects with dynamic membership. We introduce our design concepts, and we provide a detailed first look at data from the first 100 days of usage by 20 researchers and 13 interns, who both confirmed our hypotheses and surprised us by reinventing the technology in several ways.

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