Computer facilitation of communication within professional communities

  • Karl L. Zinn
Session V Symposium: Collaboration On Computer Modeling VIA Computer Conferencing


This report is based on several projects at the University of Michigan. The software used is CONFER, a computer-augmented conferencing program. Access is provided nationally through TELENET data services. The paper describes hardware and software for information systems at the University of Michigan, the development of CONFER, and a rationale for computer-aided communication within professional communities. Six applications of this particular software and system are summarized: national committees, regional planning groups, on-campus working groups, and user consulting services. One innovative application (support of an international congress held recently in Ann Arbor) is described in detail. Computer-based conununications were used for sending messages, adjusting schedules, planning additional sessions and trips, and developing written material through computer-mediated caucuses on specific topics. Contributions of computing to professional communications are summarized, with particular attention given to projected impact on teaching and research in universities.


Technology Assessment Zinn Professional Community Press Return Computing Machinery 
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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl L. Zinn
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  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn Arbor

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