Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 365–375 | Cite as

Supporting Mobile Collaboration in Spatially Distributed Workgroups with Digital Interactive Maps

  • Eike Michael Meyer
  • Daniel Wichmann
  • Henning Büsch
  • Susanne BollEmail author


Following the mobile computing trend, business logics of distributed, cooperative applications started to move into the mobile client applications. With this shift, the cooperation aspect may also exploit the user’s location and situation context and integrate it into the actual collaboration. In this article, we present an approach for a Collaborative Map that exploits the spatial context of the members of a distributed group as a means to visualize and provide collaboration functionality. Then, a number of location-related cooperation methods become feasible such as getting an overview of the spatial distribution of team members, identify an ad-hoc meeting place nearby, or chat with a group member who has a certain expertise in his profile. With CoMa, we move from standard collaboration tools that marginally consider spatial information towards context-aware mobile collaborative systems that can support a wide range of applications where human resources have to be coordinated in a spatial context and tasks need to be assigned dynamically depending on capabilities and situation context.


mobile collaborative working environments interaction design map visualization location-based services spatial distribution 



This work is supported by the POPEYE project: Peer to Peer Collaborative Working Environments over Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks. POPEYE is part-funded by the EU under the 6th Framework Program, IST priority Contract No. IST-2006-034241. We would like to acknowledge each member of the POPEYE consortium.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eike Michael Meyer
    • 1
  • Daniel Wichmann
    • 1
  • Henning Büsch
    • 1
  • Susanne Boll
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.OFFIS Institute for Information TechnologyBremen AreaGermany
  2. 2.University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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