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Title: The Parting of the Ways: Divergence, Data Management and Collaborative Work
Authors: Dourish, Paul
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: ECSCW 1995: Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 205-220
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
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.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/2521
ISBN: 978-94-011-0349-7
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Stockholm, Sweden
metadata.mci.conference.date: 10–14 September 1995
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