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Remote Collaboration Over Video Data: Towards Real-Time e-Social Science

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The design of distributed systems to support collaboration among groups of scientists raises new networking challenges that grid middleware developers are addressing. This field of development work, ‘e-Science’, is increasingly recognising the critical need of understanding the ordinary day-to-day work of doing research to inform design. We have investigated one particular area of collaborative social scientific work – the analysis of video data. Based on interviews and observational studies, we discuss current practices of social scientific work with digital video in three areas: Preparation for collaboration; Control of data and application; and Annotation configurations and techniques. For each, we describe how these requirements feature in our design of a distributed video analysis system as part of the MiMeG project: our security policy and distribution; the design of the control system; and providing freeform annotation over data. Finally, we review our design in light of initial use of the software between project partners; and discuss how we might transform the spatial configuration of the system to support annotation behaviour.


Fraser, Mike; Hindmarsh, Jon; Best, Katie; Heath, Christian; Biegel, Greg; Greenhalgh, Chris; Reeves, Stuart (2006): Remote Collaboration Over Video Data: Towards Real-Time e-Social Science. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 15, No. 4. DOI: 10.1007/s10606-006-9027-y. Springer. PISSN: 1573-7551. pp. 257-279