Designs for Systems to Support Collaborative Information Behavior

Designs for Systems to Support Collaborative Information Behavior

Chirag Shah (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-797-8.ch009
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Designing systems that support collaborative information behavior (CIB) pose many unique challenges that single-user systems typically do not face. This chapter attempts to take the reader through a variety of notions, design principles, and instantiations of CIB systems. Requirements and guidelines for a good CIB system are provided based on various research studies and projects done in different domains. It is pointed out that in the information seeking field, control, communication, and awareness are some of the most critical aspects of a CIB system that caters to multi-user and multi-session collaborative projects. Several actual implementations of CIB systems are described, and suggestions for designing a successful CIB system are presented.
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In this section, the reader will be introduced to a number of definitions, concepts, and principles for designing and developing systems that support CIB. A good design follows a thorough understanding of user needs, requirements of the problems, and carefully derived principles. An insight into these aspects will be provided through a number of studies reported in the literature.

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