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Floor control on collaborative design environments

: Bullinger, H.-J.; Warschat, J.

Salvendy, G.; Smith, M.J.; Koubek, R.J.:
Design of computing systems. Cognitive considerations. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1997 (Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics 21)
ISBN: 0-444-82183-X
pp.797-800 (Vol. 1)
International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International) <7, 1997, San Francisco/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IAO ()
Computer Aided Design (CAD); CAM; collaborative design environment; computer supported cooperative work; CSCW; design decision; floor control; groupware; information resource; joint editing; policy negotiation; product development; session management; synchronous session; user interface; whiteboard

Whereas different computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) systems exist, which provide, e.g., functionality for audio- and video-conferencing, whiteboards or application-sharing, the importance of coordination of collaborative work in synchronous sessions is still being underestimated. Yet, efficient session management is necessary to exploit all available information resources and experts' knowledge within an enterprise in order to improve design decisions in stages where only little knowledge about the product under development is available. Synchronous CSCW tools that are supporting product development processes, like whiteboards, joint editing or joint CAD, often use proprietary floor control mechanisms coordinating the work of the users. The paper discusses floor control policies, the integration of user applications and policy negotiation.