Supporting Cooperative Awareness with Local Event Mechanisms: The GroupDesk System
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
An event distribution model for a computer based cooperative working environment is presented. The proposed model aims to provide information about the ongoing and past activities of collaborating users, based on the semantics and contextual relationships of the shared artifacts and contributes to increase the awareness of the ongoing state of affairs without overloading the user with additional information. GroupDesk, a prototype implementation of this model is introduced. The system provides a simple environment for the coordination of cooperative document production. Support for shared awareness is achieved by visualizing the event information using the desktop metaphor.