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CSCW in Practice: an Introduction and Case Studies

Part of the series Computer Supported Cooperative Work pp 1-22

Technological Support for Cooperation

  • T. Rodden

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Abstract

The ubiquitous nature of personal computers has ensured that computer systems and tools have penetrated large segments of “traditional” work practice and personal access to computer systems is no longer unusual. However, most of these systems have been considered in isolation, both from other tools and from other people, or groups, using similar tools. The availability of modern networking technology and the reliance of most projects on the cooperative activities of people has led to the emergence of systems that aim to support groups.