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Title: Coordination mechanisms: Towards a conceptual foundation of CSCW systems design
Authors: Schmidt, Kjeld
Simonee, Carla
Keywords: Ariadne;articulation work;artifact;Cooperative work;coordination;coordination mechanisms;CSCW environments
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Springer
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 5, No. 2-3
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 155-200
Series/Report no.: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Abstract: The paper outlines an approach to CSCW systems design based on the concept of ‘coordination mechanisms.’ The concept of coordination mechanisms has been developed as a generalization of phenomena described in empirical investigations of the use of artifacts for the purpose of coordinating cooperative activities in different work domains. On the basis of the evidence of this corpus of empirical studies, the paper outlines a theory of the use of artifacts for coordination purposes in cooperative work settings, derives a set of general requirements for computational coordination mechanisms, and sketches the architecture of Ariadne, a CSCW infrastructure for constructing and running such malleable and linkable computational coordination mechanisms.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/BF00133655
ISSN: 1573-7551
Appears in Collections:JCSCW Vol. 05 (1996)

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