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The Session Capture and Replay Paradigm for Asynchronous Collaboration

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Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands


In this paper, we describe a paradigm and its associated collaboration artifact to allow flexible support for asynchronous collaboration. Under this paradigm, a user session with an application's user interface is encapsulated into a data artifact, referred to as a session object. Users collaborate by annotating, by modifying, and by a back-and-forth exchange of these session objects. Each session object is composed of several data streams to the application for re-execution. Re-execution of these streams is kept synchronized to maintain faithfulness to the original recording. The basic mechanism allow a particapnt who misses a session with an application to catch up on the activities that occured during the session. This paper presents the paradigm, its applications, and our preliminary experience with its use.


Manohar, Nelson; Prakash, Atul (1995): The Session Capture and Replay Paradigm for Asynchronous Collaboration. ECSCW 1995: Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-011-0349-7. pp. 141-156. Full Papers. Stockholm, Sweden. 10–14 September 1995