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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

Brian Corrie

Collaboration and Visualization Coordinator

WestGrid/IRMACS

Simon Fraser University


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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?

More effective research

  • Communicate with distant colleagues

  • Create more effective research groups

  • Build new research relationships

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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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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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