The Launch of Web-based Collaborative Decision Support at NASA
Irma Becerra-Fernandez (Florida International University, USA), Matha Del Alto (NASA Ames Research Center, USA) and Helen Stewart (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
Copyright: © 2008
Today, organizations rely on decision makers to make mission-critical decisions that are based on input from multiple domains. The ideal decision maker has a profound understanding of specific domains coupled with the experience that allows him or her to act quickly and decisively on the information. Daily, decision makers face problems and failures that are too difficult for any individual person to solve; therefore, teams are now required who share their knowledge in spontaneous collaborations. Since requisite expertise may not all reside in the same organization, nor be geographically colocated, virtual networked teams are needed. This chapter presents a case study describing the development and use of Postdoc, the first Web-based collaborative and knowledge management platform deployed at NASA.