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ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), Volume 5 Issue 2, April 1987

Semistructured messages are surprisingly useful for computer-supported coordination
Thomas W. Malone, Kenneth R. Grant, Kum-Yew Lai, Ramana Rao, David Rosenblitt
Pages: 115-131
DOI: 10.1145/27636.27637
This paper argues that using a set of semistructured message templates is surprisingly helpful in designing a variety of computer-based communication and coordination systems. Semistructured messages can help provide automatic aids for (1)...

Project Nick: meetings augmentation and analysis
Peter Cook, Clarence Ellis, Mike Graf, Gail Rein, Tom Smith
Pages: 132-146
DOI: 10.1145/27636.27638
The Software Technology Program of MCC is investigating the early part of the design process, before requirements are established, for large-scale distributed systems. Face-to-face meetings are an important activity during this phase of a...

WYSIWIS revised: early experiences with multiuser interfaces
M. Stefik, D. G. Bobrow, G. Foster, S. Lanning, D. Tatar
Pages: 147-167
DOI: 10.1145/27636.28056
WYSIWIS (What You See Is What I See) is a foundational abstraction for multiuser interfaces that expresses many of the characteristics of a chalkboard in face-to-face meetings. In its strictest interpretation, it means that everyone can also see...

Contexts—a partitioning concept for hypertext
Norman M. Delisle, Mayer D. Schwartz
Pages: 168-186
DOI: 10.1145/27636.27639
Hypertext systems provide good information management support for a wide variety of documentation efforts. These efforts range from developing software to writing a book. However, existing hypertext systems provide poor support for collaboration...

Data sharing in group work
Irene Greif, Sunil Sarin
Pages: 187-211
DOI: 10.1145/27636.27640
Data sharing is fundamental to computer-supported cooperative work: People share information through explicit communication channels and through their coordinated use of shared databases. This paper examines the data management requirements of...