The design framework provides general constructs identifying phenomena of interest necessary to inquire about the work context, human activities, and system functionality. The framework identifies what information may interest designers, bounding their relationships with the other stakeholders. The framework also guides the design process, identifying how user requirements may be applied during the implementation phase. The framework has been validated in several realworld design cases. Two cases will be briefly described. This research contributes to the design of mobile collaborative systems. The most significant contributions are related to artifacts and emphasize that designers shall explore the potential of artifacts to support concerted work and sensemaking activities.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Mobile Collaboration: People collaborating and moving through space.
Geo-Referenced Knowledge: Knowledge that is tied to a geographical reference.
Design Framework: A collection of general constructs identifying phenomena of interest and guiding the design process.
Sensemaking: An ongoing process aiming to create order and make sense of what occurs.
Group Support System: A technological system supporting and mediating group work.
Collaborative Capability: Defines four levels in increasing ability to create meaning: individual, collective, coordinated, and concerted.
Collaborative Spatial Decision Making: The integrated study of collaboration, decision making, and mobility support.