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|Title:||The Parting of the Ways: Divergence, Data Management and Collaborative Work|
|Publisher:||Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands|
|metadata.dc.relation.ispartof:||ECSCW 1995: Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work|
|Abstract:||Systems coordinating distributed collaborative work must manage user data distributed over a network. The strong consistency algorithms which designers have typically borrowed from the distributed systems community are often unsuited to the particular needs of CSCW. Here, I outline an alternative approach based on divergence and synchronisation between parallel streams of activity. From a CSCW perspective, this strategy offers three primary advantages. First, it is scalable, allowing smooth transitions from highly interactive collaboration to-more extended, "asynchronous" styles of work. Second, it supports "multi-synchronous" work, in which parties work independently in parallel. Third, it directly supports observed patterns of opportunistic activities in collaborative working.|
|metadata.mci.conference.date:||10–14 September 1995|
|Appears in Collections:||ECSCW 1995: Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work|
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