ECSCW 2001

Proceedings of the Seventh European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work 16–20 September 2001, Bonn, Germany

  • Wolfgang Prinz
  • Matthias Jarke
  • Yvonne Rogers
  • Kjeld Schmidt
  • Volker Wulf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Olav W. Bertelsen, Susanne Bødker
    Pages 1-17
  3. David Martin, Tom Rodden, Mark Rouncefield, Ian Sommerville, Stephen Viller
    Pages 39-58
  4. Maurice H. ter Beek, Clarence A. Ellis, Jetty Kleijn, Grzegorz Rozenberg
    Pages 59-77
  5. Goopeel Chung, Prasun Dewan
    Pages 99-118
  6. Christian Heath, Paul Luff, Hideaki Kuzuoka, Keiichi Yamazaki, Shinya Oyama
    Pages 119-138
  7. Monika Büscher, Preben Mogensen, Dan Shapiro
    Pages 139-158
  8. Adam Drozd, John Bowers, Steve Benford, Chris Greenhalgh, Mike Fraser
    Pages 159-178
  9. Barry Brown, Abigail J. Sellen, Erik Geelhoed
    Pages 179-198
  10. Mark O’Connor, Dan Cosley, Joseph A. Konstan, John Riedl
    Pages 199-218
  11. Rebecca E. Grinter, Margery A. Eldridge
    Pages 219-238
  12. Madhu C. Reddy, Paul Dourish, Wanda Pratt
    Pages 239-258
  13. Yan Xiao, Caterina Lasome, Jacqueline Moss, Colin F. Mackenzie, Samer Faraj
    Pages 259-278
  14. Kristina Groth, John Bowers
    Pages 279-298
  15. Michael Koch, Wolfgang Wörndl
    Pages 319-338
  16. Simon Kaplan, Lesley Seebeck
    Pages 359-378
  17. Oskar Juhlin, Alexandra Weilenmann
    Pages 379-397
  18. Vicki O’Day, Annette Adler, Allan Kuchinsky, Anna Bouch
    Pages 399-418
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 419-419

About this book


Schmidt and Bannon (1992) introduced the concept of common information space by contrasting it with technical conceptions of shared information: Cooperative work is not facilitated simply by the provisioning of a shared database, but rather requires the active construction by the participants of a common information space where the meanings of the shared objects are debated and resolved, at least locally and temporarily. (Schmidt and Bannon, p. 22) A CIS, then, encompasses not only the information but also the practices by which actors establish its meaning for their collective work. These negotiated understandings of the information are as important as the availability of the information itself: The actors must attempt to jointly construct a common information space which goes beyond their individual personal information spaces. . . . The common information space is negotiated and established by the actors involved. (Schmidt and Bannon, p. 28) This is not to suggest that actors’ understandings of the information are identical; they are simply “common” enough to coordinate the work. People understand how the information is relevant for their own work. Therefore, individuals engaged in different activities will have different perspectives on the same information. The work of maintaining the common information space is the work that it takes to balance and accommodate these different perspectives. A “bug” report in software development is a simple example. Software developers and quality assurance personnel have access to the same bug report information. However, access to information is not sufficient to coordinate their work.


Groupware automata communication complexity computer computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) control cooperation coordination identity identity management management music organization technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Prinz
    • 1
  • Matthias Jarke
    • 2
  • Yvonne Rogers
    • 3
  • Kjeld Schmidt
    • 4
  • Volker Wulf
    • 1
  1. 1.GMD-FITGermany
  2. 2.RWTH AachenGermany
  3. 3.University of SussexUK
  4. 4.Technical University of DenmarkDenmark

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