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Introduction to Collaboration Technologies. Brian Corrie Collaboration and Visualization Coordinator WestGrid/IRMACS Simon Fraser University. What is collaboration?. The process of working together to accomplish a task Synchronous collaboration Working together at the same time

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introduction to collaboration technologies

Introduction to Collaboration Technologies

Brian Corrie

Collaboration and Visualization Coordinator

WestGrid/IRMACS

Simon Fraser University

what is collaboration
What is collaboration?

The process of working together to

accomplish a task

  • Synchronous collaboration
    • Working together at the same time
  • Distributed collaboration
    • Working with collaborators at a distance
    • Primarily focused on IP network-based collaboration

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why collaboration
Why collaboration?

More effective research

  • Communicate with distant colleagues
  • Create more effective research groups
  • Build new research relationships

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levels of collaboration

Increasing Presence

Levels of collaboration
  • Teleconferencing
  • Instant messaging
  • Video conferencing
    • Desktop video conferencing
    • Video conferencing rooms
  • Application sharing
  • Integrated collaboration tools

Increasing Complexity

Use the right tool

for the task!

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teleconferencing
Teleconferencing
  • Phone colleague… and collaborate
  • Surprisingly effective - Don’t dismiss it!
  • Multi-point teleconferencing
    • Easy and it works
    • Can cost money

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instant messaging
Instant messaging
  • Instant communication with short text messages
    • + Rapid exchange of information
    • + Feeling of presence
    • + Spontaneous communication
    • - Extended communications not effective
  • Free services
    • MSN, ICQ, AIM…
  • Clients
    • Wide range of free clients

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video conferencing
Video conferencing
  • Uses video/audio to communicate
  • Provides more rich collaboration
  • Desktop video conferencing
    • Webcam and headset
    • Video conferencing appliances
    • + Spontaneous, casual
    • - Typically point to point
    • - Interoperability
  • Tools
    • NetMeeting, MS Messenger, iChat, ohPhone

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video conferencing continued
Video conferencing(continued)
  • Video conferencing rooms
    • Rooms designed for collaboration
      • Projectors, microphones, comfortable environment
    • Typically H323 based technologies
      • Reasonable quality audio and video codecs
      • Interoperability (Polycom, Tandberg, …)
    • Using a room…
      • Need to make reservations, need to go to the room
      • Technical support

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application sharing
Application sharing
  • Ability to share what you are working on…
  • Desktop application sharing
    • Shares entire desktop or specific applications
    • “Pixel scraping”, requires reasonable bandwidth
    • NetMeeting, MS Messenger, VNC, …
  • Collaborative applications
    • Designed for collaboration
    • Shared whiteboards, editors, powerpoint, visualization…

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integrated collaboration tools
Integrated collaboration tools
  • Commercial products
    • MS Messenger, iChat, …
      • IM, presence, voice, video, documents, apps, …
    • WebEx, Groove, Polycom Office
      • Hosted collaboration suites: IM, voice, video, documents
  • Research efforts
    • VRVS
      • Web based, IM, voice, video, app sharing, …
      • Widely used in some scientific communities

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Questions…

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