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Groupware is software that helps users work co-operatively by sharing information. E-mails and files can be organised into topics so that the whole group can participate in conversations about the project. Changed specifications can be quickly communicated and ideas about how to overcome obstacles can be shared. Calendar software can be used to share diaries and arrange meetings when all participants are free.
The goal of the project is the development and enhancement of the BSCW Shared Workspace System which provides facilities for collaboration over the Internet and the WWW in particular. A primary goal of the project is to achieve cross-platform interoperability (at least across various Microsoft Windows versions, Macintosh OS and various Unix flavors) to enable cross-platform and cross-organisational cooperation, e.g., in dispersed research projects.
Team IT is the forum for Computer Supported Collaborative Working (CSCW) and groupware, and is the new name for the UK Computer Supported Cooperative Work SIG (Special Interest Group). Team IT brings together specialists, users and researchers to promote the effective use of IT and telecommunications in support of group and team working. Team IT is a not-for-profit organisation working in the interests of its members and the British business community.
Groupware is any type of software designed for groups and for communication. This section provides a general overview of groupware and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and associated design and usability issues.
Key issues of CSCW (computer-supported cooperative work) are group awareness, multi-user interfaces, concurrency control, communication and coordination within the group, shared information space and the support of a heterogenous, open environment which integrates existing single-user applications. CSCW systems are often categorized according to the time/location matrix using the distinction between same time (synchronous) and different times (asynchronous), and between same place (face-to-face) and different places (distributed).
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Personal Data Interchange (PDI) occurs every time two or more individuals communicate, in either a business or personal context, face-to-face, or across space and time. Such interchanges frequently include the exchange of informal information, such as business cards, telephone numbers, addresses, dates and times of appointments, etc. Augmenting PDI with electronics and telecommunications can help ensure that information is quickly and accurately communicated, stored, organized and easily located when needed.
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