LWOAD: A Specification Language to Enable the End-User Develoment of Coordinative Functionalities

  • Federico Cabitza
  • Carla Simone
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5435)


In this paper, we present an observational case study at a major teaching hospital, which both inspired and gave us valuable feedback on the design and development of LWOAD. LWOAD is a denotational language we propose to support users of an electronic document system in declaratively expressing, specifying and implementing computational mechanisms that fulfill coordinative requirements. Our focus addresses (a) the user-friendly and formal expression of local coordinative practices; (b) the agile mocking-up of corresponding functionalities; (c) the full deployment of coordination-oriented and context-aware behaviors into legacy electronic document systems. We give examples of LWOAD mechanisms taken from the case study and discuss their impact for the EUD of coordinative functionalities.


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Electronic Patient Record Cooperative Work Problem List Computer Support Cooperative Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federico Cabitza
    • 1
  • Carla Simone
    • 1
  1. 1.Università degli Studi di Milano-BicoccaMilanoItaly

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