Ivan Tomek, Rick Giles, Li Di, Hai Zhang



As the use of information technology and Internet grows and as globalization of economy increases geographical dislocation of work teams, electronic support for collaboration (groupware) assumes increasing importance. Yet, there is little agreement on the best direction of its design. One of the natural approaches is partial emulation of physical work space by software but influential literature argues against this and it appears that current groupware follows this opinion. This paper presents both sides of this debate, argues that easily adaptable space-based groupware is the most powerful and fruitful underlying metaphor, and describes the principles of an application built on this principle. It is also noted that because groupware and socialware face similar challenges and have similar needs, a common framework could simplify their development and improve their quality.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Tomek I., Giles R., Di L. and Zhang H. (2008). BEING THERE - AND GOING BEYOND . In Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-8111-27-2, pages 461-466. DOI: 10.5220/0001529804610466

in Bibtex Style

author={Ivan Tomek and Rick Giles and Li Di and Hai Zhang},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST,
SN - 978-989-8111-27-2
AU - Tomek I.
AU - Giles R.
AU - Di L.
AU - Zhang H.
PY - 2008
SP - 461
EP - 466
DO - 10.5220/0001529804610466