Collaborative Authoring Redux

August 25, 2008 at 8:41 am | Posted in collaboration, Content Management, Information Work | Leave a comment

A quick update to my entry from last week called “Where Did All The Collaborative Authoring Researchers Go?” where I hunted down a few collaborative authoring researchers to find out why all the research seemed to stop in 2000.  I posted my summaries of our email exchanges, but they have since both posted their own enlightening entries on the matter.

Dr. Sylvie Noël’s entry is at “Is collaborative authoring research dead?“.  She makes the argument “would it really be a very efficient method to have two people editing the same bit of text at the same time? Personally, I think the answer is no.”

Dr. Michael Spring posted two entries at his mBsLOG : “The research on collaborative authoring” and “What we still don’t do in collaborative authoring”. In the latter he gives the following list of features still not found in collaborative authoring tools (read his blog for more details on each):

1. Document locking

2. Document access controls

3. User and group awareness

4. Wow tools

5. Enhanced Communication

6. Lost in space


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