An Analysis of Design and Collaboration in a Distributed Environment
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
The Swedish MultiG program addresses research issues in distributed multimedia workstation applications, including CSCW, and high-speed networks. This report treats some basic CSCW issues in a distributed design environment. We review and analyse relevant literature on system design and computer supported cooperation and discusses the basic issues: What is design?What is collaboration in design? What computer support is necessary for collaboration in a distributed design environment? A task analysis is performed of design and collaboration. Computer support for these tasks in a distributed environment is discussed with emphasis on generic tools for informal collaboration.