Context-Based Awareness in Group Work

P. Brézillon, M. R. S. Borges, J. A. Pino, and J.-Ch. Pomerol

The concept of context can be used with advantage in the area of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. For many years, the awareness term has been used in this area without explicit association to context. This paper attempts to clarify their relationship. In particular, a framework is proposed to understand context and awareness as connected to other concepts used in group work as well, such as user interface and storage. The framework is useful to consider some groupware systems from the context perspective and to eventually obtain some insight on possible improvements for users.

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