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Title:Computational Workspace Coordination: Design-in-Use of Collaborative Publishing Services for Computer-Mediated Collaborative Publishing
Author(s):Spasser, Mark Aaron
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Smith, Linda C.
Department / Program:Library and Information Science
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Industrial
Abstract:The goal of this research is to describe the design-in-use of a Web-enabled collaborative publishing prototype to manage the articulation of work practices in publishing in the Flora of North America (FNA). The FNA project gathers and makes available scientifically authoritative and current synoptic information on the approximately 20,000 species of vascular plants and bryophytes of North America north of Mexico. In terms of the number of participants (currently over 1,000) and their wide geographical distribution, FNA is one of the largest scientific collaborations currently funded by the National Science Foundation. FNA work processes represent an attempt to adapt traditional methods of small-scale print publishing to a large-scale database construction and electronic publishing effort. These methods are proving to be inefficient, inadequate, and unable to scale, and because FNA is falling increasingly behind its publication schedule and is running increasingly over its budget, the Web-based workspace coordination tool--Collaborative Publishing Services (CPS)--is being participatively prototyped to help reduce the complexity of articulating the massively interdependent activities of the geographically and logically distributed FNA work group. According to the coordination mechanism perspective, CPS is an agglomeration of two specialized component devices: (1) a common, shared workspace accessible to multiple interdependent actors and (2) a coordination mechanism, which articulates the flow of work among geographically and logically distributed actors with respect to the shared workspace. In addition to obtaining a general understanding of FNA work processes, the main objectives of this research are first, to identify and characterize mechanisms supporting coordination work within the FNA project, second, to study the design-in-use of CPS as a computer-based artifact articulating workflow, and mediating communication, within the collaborative publishing workspace of the FNA project, and finally to develop a conceptual vocabulary to better explicate the coordinative activities of such large-scale distributed knowledge work as FNA publishing.
Issue Date:1998
Description:425 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904592
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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