This paper investigates some of the issues which will determine the viability of the world-wide web as an infrastructure for cooperative work. In fact, taking a weak definition of collaboration, the web is already a very successful collaborative environment. In addition, it is already being used as the basis for experimental and commercial groupware. The paper takes this as a starting point and uses analytic methods developed in the field of computer-supported cooperative work to investigate the reasons for the webs present success, its strengths and weaknesses as a platform for CSCW, and prospects for future development.
Keywords: computer-supported cooperative work, world-wide web, clientserver, costbenefit, CSCW framework, user-interface architectures
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A. Dix (1996).
Challenges and Perspectives for Cooperative Work on the Web.
ERCIM workshop on CSCW and the Web, Eds. U. Busbach, D. Kerr and K. Sikkel. Sankt Augustin, Germany, Arbeitspapiere der GMD 984, GMD/FIT, GMD/FIT, 6th-9th February 1996. pp. 143-157
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For related work see Alan's pages on web architectures for collaborative systems