New Generation Computing

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 5–21 | Cite as

Towards communityware

  • Toru Ishida
Invited Paper


This paper summarizes our recent activities to support people to communicate with each other using public computer network systems. Unlike conventional teleconferencing systems, which are mainly for business meetings, we focus on informal communication in open orgnizations. So far, three different systems have been developed and actually tested.
  • • InSocia, we introduced vision agents which act on behalf of their users in a network. To enable a meeting to be scheduled at a mutually acceptable time, we proposed the scheme called non-committed scheduling.

  • Free Walk supports casual meetings among more than a few people. For this purpose, we provide a 3-D virtual space calledcommunity common where participants can behave just as in real life.

  • • In theICMAS’96 Mobile Assistant Project, on the other hand, we conducted an experiment in an actual international conference using 100 personal digital assistants and wireless phones. Various services were provided to increase the interactions among participants of the conference.

Based on these experiences, we are now moving towardscommunity-ware to support people to form a community based on computer network technologies.


Computer Mediated Communication Group Interaction Meeting Scheduling Software Agent Groupware Communityware 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toru Ishida
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  1. 1.Department of Information ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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