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Lab 1-2. Sharing and commenting on documents with the DHS
February 4 - February 18
Kerstin Severinson Eklundh, Henrry Rodriguez
1. Sharing experiences of collaboration with and without computer support.
2. Using and evaluating a Web-based tool for collaborative authoring and
The lab requires Internet access and basic familiarity with the World Wide
Tools: A Web browser
The Domain Help System (DHS), developed within a project at CID
(Centre for User-Oriented IT Design). DHS is a prototype system designed
to support web annotations that can be used for the reviewing and discussion
of Web documents. The system provides email notification when a comment
is added to a document only to the author of the document. For research
purpose a copy of your document will be saved for us. Also, the system
provides a log file that will be used only for research purposes.
The lab consists of the following parts.
Write a summary (up to one page) of a recent experience of collaboration
(e.g. in a writing task). The collaboration may or may not have mediated
by computers. Describe the task and how it was coordinated in the group,
which tools were used to support the task, and the aspects of the collaboration
that you consider successful or not successful. The text can be written
in English or Swedish.
Make a version in HTML format of your document. You can used the "Save
as HTML" option that most word processor have today. upload this
document to your serve, so that it could be retrieved from the WWW. What
you are really doing is to give an URL to your document. This document
will be used in Lab 2
From February 04, enter DHS regularly, and read and comment on the texts
written by others in the class. The URL is: http://www.nada.kth.se/~henrry/DHSpage.html.
Please select the domain CSCW 2002 course. The system will be presented
during the class on Feb. 6. To add your document to the system you have
to use the function Add URL of the DHS. You have to select your
name from a list that the DHS presents, to type the title of your document
(think of one) and the URL of the document (have it in hand and use cut-and-paste
to avoid misspelling).
Your comments could focus on the others class members' experiences and
how they compare with your own. They can also suggest and discuss methods
and tools for collaboration in various tasks. Please note that you can
comment both on the source documents, and on the comments already entered.
To fulfil the assignment, everyone must actively participate in the discussion
on others' source texts. In addition, you can comment on the design of
the DHS system itself, under the heading "About this prototype".
Way of reporting
Your report for this lab will consist of 1) your summary entered into DHS,
2) the comments you write on other's experiences and comments, 3) a filled
out questionnaire which will be distributed later.
The lab is carried out asynchronously, and should be completed before Feb.
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