Collaboratories: Tools for virtual collaboration of scientists SEMC06 Transferable SkillsTeamwork Literature ReviewSubmitted to: Nia Alexandrov Submitted by: DinaraDyussupova Bandana Sharma Omar Bhuiya Alex Kapellas Tong Luo Date of Submission: 24-11-2009
Collaboratories: State of the Art • Internet and web has cross all the geographical boundaries and make the whole world a small place • Collaborative is a place without any physical existence, where people achieve their common goals by using different tools and methods and technologies (different groupware solutions). • Scientists are using different tools for collaboration • The current existing approach and methods of collaboration are, a. Peer-to-peer,b. Mentor-studentc.Interdisciplinaryd. Producer-consumerand as well as different methods are, • a. Synchronous (real time), b. Asynchronous • In spite of these technological advancement there are many issues which arises with these solutions like, • Issues about security. • Issues for fulfillment of organizational needs. • Scalability issues for growing needs • These all needs profound research and analysis
Collaboratories: Current research in this area • Mobile Collaboration tool for E-Learning • Collaboration tool for E-Learning and M-Learning environment to access Virtual University of Rogenberg (VUR) • Wireless E-Learning and COmmunication Environment (WELCOME) developed to access VUR via mobile. • BlackBoard used to access events, lectures, files etc • Students and Lecturers can communicate with each other via- • News Server • Chat Server • SMTP Server • SMS uses to sends notifications about new material and new postings to the mobile device. • PDA calendar update automatically about event changed details
Collaboratories: Current research in this area • Peer-to-Peer • CoCo By ACET • A set of interoperable network protocols allow Heterogeneous devices to be connect together • A decentralised network without administrative or coordinating authority • Scalable • Robustness • Fault tolerance and resilience to attack • Collaborative tools for E-Learning/ Multi-institution • ConferenceXP by University Of Washington • Platform for Real-time collaboration • High-quality multipoint conferencing • Full-screen, real-time video at 30 fps • Built-in presentation capability, whiteboard & screen sharing
Collaboratories: Analysis • The new developed technology with web 2.0 and VO is able to solve many problems with teamwork and collaboration but together there is are two big challenges of VO: • Challenge in VO management a. Priority in VO Management.b. Bridging diversity in VO management c. Geographical constraints d. Trust in VO management. • Challenge in VO technology a. Security in VO Technology b. Bottleneck in VO Network c. Recognition of new-born VO Technology d. Cost in VO Technology some currently used solutions are introduced for both VO Managing and Technical Challenges.
Collaboratories: Current existing solutions • There are various types of tools which scientists are using for collaboration and their teamwork depends upon these new technological tools. • These tools allow them to share their desktops, share whiteboards, web conferencing, voice conferencing and even using mobile technologies for collaboration and communication. • Currently NASA is using the tools like WEBEX for web conferencing (real time collaboration), and Jabber (asynchronous collaboration) and Mailman for managing the mailing lists. • The tools like Oracle Collaboration suite can be a whole package of all methods of collaboration for the organizations. It supports almost every platforms and supports almost all kinds of mobile devices. • As a whole in comparison with one to other different tools have their own feature and can meet the needs differently according to demand.
Proposed Solution • Consider: • Cost of the solution • Size of the organization • Requirements • Type of interaction • Example: • Combination of Tools • WebEx for Audio & Video Conferencing • Mailman for mailing lists • Skype for secure conferencing and chatting