ECSCW 2001

ECSCW 2001

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Schmidt and Bannon (1992) introduced the concept of common information space by contrasting it with technical conceptions of shared information: Cooperative work is not facilitated simply by the provisioning of a shared database, but rather requires the active construction by the participants of a common information space where the meanings of the shared objects are debated and resolved, at least locally and temporarily. (Schmidt and Bannon, p. 22) A CIS, then, encompasses not only the information but also the practices by which actors establish its meaning for their collective work. These negotiated understandings of the information are as important as the availability of the information itself: The actors must attempt to jointly construct a common information space which goes beyond their individual personal information spaces. . . . The common information space is negotiated and established by the actors involved. (Schmidt and Bannon, p. 28) This is not to suggest that actorsa€™ understandings of the information are identical; they are simply a€œcommona€ enough to coordinate the work. People understand how the information is relevant for their own work. Therefore, individuals engaged in different activities will have different perspectives on the same information. The work of maintaining the common information space is the work that it takes to balance and accommodate these different perspectives. A a€œbuga€ report in software development is a simple example. Software developers and quality assurance personnel have access to the same bug report information. However, access to information is not sufficient to coordinate their work.Most teenagers reported sending and receiving the bulk of their text messages from mobile phones, but many also sent and ... Most teenagers estimated making 5-10 landline phone calls per day, and receiving about the same number.

Title:ECSCW 2001
Author:Wolfgang Prinz, Matthias Jarke, Yvonne Rogers, K. Schmidt, Volker Wulf
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-05-08


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