Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 73–100 | Cite as

Video-as-data: Technical and social aspects of a collaborative multimedia application

  • Bonnie A. Nardi
  • Allan Kuchinsky
  • Steve Whittaker
  • Robert Leichner
  • Heinrich Schwarz


We studied the use of a collaborative multimedia system for coordinating teamwork among members of a neurosurgical team. We analyze the use of video within the operating room and the use of broadcast audio and video to other locations in the hospital to enable remote neurophysiological monitoring. We describe how the multimedia system was used in a real world work context, including its benefits and problems. We argue that video can be useful as more than just pictures of people talking to one another; video can be a rich tool to enable analysis and problem solving. We discuss privacy problems inherent in collaborative multimedia technology and describe how they played out in the hospital during the course of our study.

Key words

audio collaborative work computers and medicine multimedia privacy shared work-space task coordination video 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonnie A. Nardi
    • 1
  • Allan Kuchinsky
    • 2
  • Steve Whittaker
    • 3
  • Robert Leichner
    • 2
  • Heinrich Schwarz
    • 4
  1. 1.Apple ComputerCupertinoUSA
  2. 2.Hewlett-Packard LaboratoriesPalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Lotus Development CorporationCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.Program in Science, Technology, SocietyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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