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We have included a short listing of resources available on the web, that inform the SOC project, as well as links to information on the conferences and communities that provide the context and environment within which collaboration and collaboratories are investigated.

ACT -- The Alliance for Community Technology
http://www.communitytechnology.org
This site links philanthropies, universities, and communities so that people can use information and collaboration technologies to meet social needs. The program is committed to a human-centered focus on the creation, use, evaluation, and propagation of appropriate technologies in support of communities, whether these communities are defined by geography, organizational structure, or common interest.

ACT database of groupware solutions
http://www.communitytechnology.org/products/groupware.html
Searchable database of reviewed and rated collaboration tools with feature descriptions, indentified strengths and weaknesses, links to producers, screenshots, and more.

CREW Resources
http://www.crew.umich.edu/resources.htm

DOE National Collaboratories Research Program
http://doecollaboratory.pnl.gov/overview.html
This program couples a coordinated set of infrastructure and middleware projects with a set of real world pilot projects. The goals of this program are to:

  • Demonstrate the impact of collaboratories on DOE science and engineering.
  • Develop new collaboration technologies and infrastructure.
  • Integrate new and existing collaboration technologies into powerful environments.
  • Carry out pilot projects in partnership with DOE science programs and industry.
  • Broker community-wide agreement on standards and architecture.

The EMSL Collaboratory Homepage
http://collaboratory.emsl.pnl.gov/

Michigan Ohio Computer Human Interaction (MOCHI)
http://www.usabilityfirst.com/MOCHI/
MOCHI is the Southern Michigan Northern Ohio Local Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) of the Association for Computing Machinery. The scope of our chapter is broadly defined to include assessment, design, evaluation and implementation of computing technology to facilitate work, education, entertainment and social interaction.

Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration
http://www.multi-collab.org
This multi-disciplinary collaboration project is a joint effort among researchers from three different universities examining collaborations within and among disciplines, groups and organizations using a variety of research strategies. A series of studies is testing the role of geographic and functional distance in the appropriation of ideas, privacy, attribution of credit, and productivity of collaborative projects.

Usability First - Groupware resources
http://www.usabilityfirst.com/groupware/cscw.txl
This page is intended to be as comprehensive an index as possible for Groupware resources.

Important Conferences

CSCW 2004
http://www.acm.org/cscw2004/
Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
November 6-10, 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA
CSCW is a leading forum for presenting and discussing research and development achievements in the design, introduction, and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and societies. As well as covering traditional topics around working and working relationships, the conference is expanding its focus to include all contexts in which technology is used to mediate communication, coordination, cooperation and even competition among people, including entertainment and the remote sharing of intimate moments.

CHI 2004
http://www.chi2004.org/
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
April 24-29, 2004, Vienna, Austria
The annual CHI conference is the leading international forum for the exchange of ideas and information about human-computer interaction (HCI). Diverse members of the global HCI community meet at the CHI conference to share the excitement of discovery and invention, to make and strengthen professional relationships and friendships, and to tackle real world problems.

ECSCW 2003
http://ecscw2003.oulu.fi/
Eighth European Conference of Computer-supported Cooperative Work
September 14-18, 2003, Helsinki, Finland
CSCW is a multidisciplinary area of research devoted to the use of computers to support cooperative work. The community encompasses interests in systems development and design, the theory and practice of CSCW, the installation and use of CSCW systems, the application of novel technologies, and the relation between the social and the technical.

Important Communities

SIGGROUP
http://www.acm.org/sigs/siggroup
The ACM Special Interest Group on Supporting Group Work (SIGGROUP, formerly called SIGOIS) is interested in topics related to computer-based systems that have a team or group impact in workplace settings. A strong emphasis of SIGGROUP is the integration of multiple computer-based tools and technologies and the impact on the human activities supported by those tools and technologies. Relevant issues include design, implementation, deployment, evaluation, methodologies and impact that arise when researching computer-based systems in a development environment.

SIGCHI
http://www.acm.org/sigchi/
The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. The scope of SIGCHI consists of the study of the human-computer interaction process and includes research and development efforts leading to the design and evaluation of user interfaces. The focus of the SIG is on how people communicate and interact with computer systems. SIGCHI serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among computer scientists, human factors scientists, psychologists, social scientists, systems designers and end users. SIGCHI offers its members the "Member Plus" package and co-sponsors a number of conferences and workshops each year, including the annual CHI conference. The SIGCHI Bulletin is published quarterly.

 


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