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16-20 September 2001, Bonn, Germany.

General Chairs: Wolfgang Prinz, GMD-FIT, Germany, Volker Wulf, GMD-FIT, Germany
Program Chairs: Matthias Jarke, RWTH Aachen, Germany, Yvonne Rogers, University of Sussex, UK
Proceeding Chair: Kjeld Schmidt, Technical University of Denmark

Schmidt and Bannon (1992) introduced the concept of common information space by contrasting it with technical conceptions of shared information: Cooperative work is not facilitated simply by the provisioning of a shared database, but rather requires the active construction by the participants of a common information space where the meanings of the shared objects are debated and resolved, at least locally and temporarily. (Schmidt and Bannon, p. 22) A CIS, then, encompasses not only the information but also the practices by which actors establish its meaning for their collective work. These negotiated understandings of the information are as important as the availability of the information itself: The actors must attempt to jointly construct a common information space which goes beyond their individual personal information spaces. . . . The common information space is negotiated and established by the actors involved. (Schmidt and Bannon, p. 28) This is not to suggest that actors’ understandings of the information are identical; they are simply “common” enough to coordinate the work. People understand how the information is relevant for their own work. Therefore, individuals engaged in different activities will have different perspectives on the same information. The work of maintaining the common information space is the work that it takes to balance and accommodate these different perspectives. A “bug” report in software development is a simple example. Software developers and quality assurance personnel have access to the same bug report information. However, access to information is not sufficient to coordinate their work.

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2001Collaboratively improvising magic: An approach to managing participation in an on-line dramaDrozd, Adam; Bowers, John; Benford, Steve; Greenhalgh, Chris; Fraser, Mike
2001Spaces of practiceBüscher, Monika; Mogensen, Preben; Shapiro, Dan
2001Flexible support for application-sharing architectureChung, Goopeel; Dewan, Prasun
2001Creating coherent environments for collaborationHeath, Christian; Luff, Paul; Kuzuoka, Hideaki; Yamazaki, Keiichi
2001Supporting distributed software development by modes of collaborationSchümmer, Till; Haake, Jörg M.
2001Finding patterns in the fieldworkMartin, David; Rodden, Tom; Rouncefield, Mark; Sommerville, Ian; Viller, Stephen
2001Team automata for spatial access controlter Beek, Maurice H.; Ellis, Clarence A.; Kleijn, Jetty; Rozenberg, Grzegorz
2001When worlds collide: Molecular biology as interdisciplinary collaborationO'Day, Vicky L.; Adler, Annette; Kuchinsky, Allan; Bouch, Anna
2001Decentralizing the control room: Mobile work and institutional orderJuhlin, Oskar; Weilenmann, Alexandra
2001Adaptability of classification schemes in cooperation: What does it mean?Simone, Carla; Sarini, Marcello
2001Reducing interference in single display groupware through transparencyZanella, Ana; Greenberg, Saul
2001Harnessing complexity in CSCWKaplan, Simon M.; Seebeck, Lesley
2001The effects of network delays on group work in real-time groupwareGutwin, Carl
2001Community support and identity managementKoch, Michael; Wörndl, Wolfgang
2001On finding things out: Situating organisational knowledge in CSCWGroth, Kristina; Bowers, John
2001Cognitive properties of a whiteboard: A case study in a trauma centreXiao, Yan; Lasome, Caterina; Moss, Jacqueline; Mackenzie, Colin F.; Faraj, Samer
2001Coordinating heterogeneous work: Information and representation in medical careReddy, Madhu C.; Dourish, Paul; Pratt, Wanda
2001y do tngrs luv 2 txt msg?Grinter, Rebecca E.; Eldridge, Margery
2001PolyLens: A recommender system for groups of userO'Connor, Mark; Cosley, Dan; Konstan, Joseph A.; Riedl, John
2001Music sharing as a computer supported collaborative applicationBrown, Barry; Sellen, Abigail; Geelhoed, Erik
2001Cooperation in massively distributed information spaceBertelsen, Olav W.; Bødker, Susanne
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