Groupware and the World Wide Web by Richard Bentley, Uwe Busbach, David Kerr, Klaas Sikkel

By Richard Bentley, Uwe Busbach, David Kerr, Klaas Sikkel

The introduction of the realm huge internet has replaced the views of groupware structures. The curiosity and deployment of net and intranet groupware options is becoming swiftly, not only in educational circles but additionally within the advertisement enviornment. the 1st iteration of Web-based groupware instruments has already began to emerge, and major groupware proprietors are urgently adapting their items for compatibility and integration with internet applied sciences.
the point of interest of Groupware and the realm large Web is to discover the possibility of Web-based groupware. This publication comprises an research of the major features of the net, proposing purposes for its luck, and describes advancements of a various variety of Web-based groupware platforms. An emphasis at the technical hindrances and demanding situations is applied via extra analytical discussions and views, together with that of knowledge know-how managers seeking to set up groupware options inside their organisations.
Written through specialists from assorted backgrounds - educational and advertisement, technical and organizational - this booklet offers a different evaluate of and perception into present matters and destiny percentages touching on extension of the realm vast net for crew working.

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What has happened how did it happen Figure 8. Awareness. our conversation with other people and understanding of the context, allows us to infer why it happened. , 1995). The Web is already an important way in which people get to meet each other, often by browsing one another's home pages. In fact, while I was writing this paper I was contacted by another 'Alan Dix' in the US who had found my home page. This is augmented in systems like @Work (Sandor and Tollmar, 1996) with extra information about availability and methods of contact.

The challenge is getting to that critical mass position. In fact, other technologies have managed to break this barrier. DIX critical benefit ~------~~------ cost number of users Figure 1. Cost-benefit of collaborative systems. Web. As we look at the reasons for the Web's success we will see that it has effectively shifted the critical-mass point in ways reminiscent of those which led to the telephone's success. 2. REASONS FOR SUCCESS Here are some particular features of the Web which I believe have been critical for its success.

Unfortunately, this is an area in which the Web is particularly weak, because it has largely stateless servers. There are lots of sound reasons for this, but it does rule out notification services. Those systems which supply user-level notification must therefore handle it entirely themselves, by running separate notification servers and then, when an update occurs, sending an event in real-time or by email to interested parties. The flip side to initiative is interruption. If other people or things have the responsibility for telling you when things happen, they may tell you when you least want them to!

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