A confederation of tools for the capture and reuse of collaborative activity
This paper presents a confederation of tools, called Coral, that combine to support the real-time capture of and subsequent access to informal collaborative activities. The tools provide the means to initiate digital multimedia recordings, a variety of methods to index those recordings, and ways to retrieve the indexed material in other settings. The current system emerged from a convergence of the WhereWereWe multimedia work, the Tivoli LiveBoard application, and the Inter-Language Unification distributed-object programming infrastructure. We are working with a specific user community and application domain, which has helped us shape a particular, demonstrably useful, configuration of tools and to get extensive real-world experience with them. This domain involves frequent discussion and decision-making meetings and later access of the captured records of those meetings to produce accurate documentation. Several aspects of Coral--the application tools, the architecture of the confederation, and the multimedia infrastructure--are described.
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Minneman, S. L.; Harrison, S.; Janssen, W.; Kurtenbach, G. P.; Moran, T. P.; Smith, I. E.; Van Melle, W. J. A confederation of tools for the capture and reuse of collaborative activity. Proceedings of the Third ACM Conference on Multimedia; 1995 November 5; San Francisco, CA. New York, NY: ACM; 1995: 523-534.
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