Factors affecting the utility of technology-mediated collaboration in science and engineering

Jeremy Birnholtz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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There is significant interest in scientific and industrial collaboration and the CSCW technologies to support it. What is missing, however, is a means for systematic assessment of prospective users, in order to determine what tools are needed and how organizational factors encourage or discourage collaboration. This study proposes development and deployment of a survey instrument measuring social and organizational factors that will likely affect the utility of collaboration for scientists in 3 fields. Results will drive the design of other types of tools for assessing group needs, and specific recommendations about tools likely to be useful under different conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2004
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2004 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 24 2004Apr 29 2004


OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2004


  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaboratories
  • CSCW
  • Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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