Lightweight Collaborative Web Browsing

Lightweight Collaborative Web Browsing

Raphael O. Santos (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil), Felipe F. Oliveira (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil), Roberta L. Gomes (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil), Magnos Martinello (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil) and Renata S. S. Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2779-6.ch002


Collaborative navigation systems provide a useful way for virtual groups to share information through the web. However, the common set of features of these tools is not enough to offer a more face-to-face browsing experience. To fill in the gap, this paper presents a collaborative web browsing proposal, which integrates flexible session management, the maintenance of shared production spaces, and efficient communication facilities. The proposal relies on a collaboration ontology that provides a well-defined conceptualization and common vocabulary. To demonstrate the feasibility of the approach, the OCEAN prototype was developed and tested.
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The Proposal: Characterizing Main Features

Web browsing is traditionally an individual activity, where a person uses a web browser (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer) for accessing published hypertext documents. However, browsing can actually be seen as a social event (Gerosa et al., 2004), where users share browsing content (de Hoyos-Rivera et al., 2006). In this scenario, we introduce OCEAN.

OCEAN was mainly founded on the 3C Model. First proposed by Ellis, Gibbs, and Rein, (1991), this model classifies collaborative applications, also known as groupware systems, regarding three processes: coordination, cooperation and communication. We subdivide this session according to the 3C Model, presenting OCEAN’s characteristics regarding each of these processes.

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