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What is Collaboration Metaphor

Encyclopedia of E-Collaboration
A representation (on a computer screen) by which users can identify as a means for collaborative working, synchronously or asynchronously.
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A Reflection on E-Collaboration Infrastructure for Research Communities
Lydia M.S. Lau (The University of Leeds, UK) and Peter M. Dew (The University of Leeds, UK)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-000-4.ch078
E-collaboration amongst researchers requires not only the people working together but all the layers of a collaborative system working together as well, starting at the point where people interface with the system. Although this article concentrates more on the technical infrastructure required for e-collaboration, the influence of the social and people issues on the conceptual design of the interface and the functionalities of the collaborative system will also be discussed. Often, the interface/interaction between the ‘soft’ and the ‘hard’ issues generates some interesting and dynamic effects between the layers of the infrastructure (Dourish, 1999).
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