Visual Mediation Mechanisms for Collaborative Design and Development

  • Carmelo Ardito
  • Barbara Rita Barricelli
  • Paolo Buono
  • Maria Francesca Costabile
  • Antonio Piccinno
  • Stefano Valtolina
  • Li Zhu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6765)

Abstract

Collaborative design involving end users has emerged as a response to the needs felt by various organizations of adapting software to specific environments and users. During time, users and environments evolve; this is another reason why software has to be modified. Different stakeholders, including consultants, designers internal to the organization and, recently, end users, have to collaborate among themselves, and possibly with the software providers, to shape software. Such stakeholders face fundamental challenges in learning how to communicate and in building a shared understanding. Researchers are now addressing such challenges. This paper contributes to this innovative research by formally defining visual mediation mechanisms for collaborative design. A case study illustrating their application is discussed.

Keywords

collaborative design mediation mechanisms end-user development meta-design communities of practice 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmelo Ardito
    • 1
  • Barbara Rita Barricelli
    • 2
  • Paolo Buono
    • 1
  • Maria Francesca Costabile
    • 1
  • Antonio Piccinno
    • 1
  • Stefano Valtolina
    • 2
  • Li Zhu
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversità degli Studi di BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Informatica e ComunicazioneUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly

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