CSCW Open Development Environment


EUROCODE - 6155

Keywords distributed working, computer-supported collaborative work, CSCW


Start Date: 01-JUL-92 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives

The EUROCODE project aims to create an open development environment for computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) products based thereon. This is being done based on three key elements:

The development work will be based on a comprehensive requirements study of the area of cooperative working and existing support - both IT and non-IT - and on detailed, in-depth studies in selected user organisations. Additional work will identify leading-edge applications of CSCW systems which can be developed using the CSCW Shell, and identify an investigate the markets for the CSCW Shell and systems.

The EUROCODE framework will provide an abstract structuring of cooperative working. Setting out for dimensions such as time, place, mobility, connectivity and communication bandwidth, the Framework will be developed and redefined by using investigations of trends in cooperative working in a range of user organisations. Substantial independence from specific technologies will help ensure that EuroCODE systems are properly integrated into user organisations and are robust in the face of continuing technological and infrastructural change.

The CSCW Shell will be open and designed to provide an effective development environment for interworking CSCW applications and graceful transformations of application characteristics along a set of technological dimensions as defined by the Framework. Taking an object-oriented approach, the CSCW Shell will support heterogeneous systems by defining how different technical attributes will be interpreted on different platforms under different constraints, including variations in data transmission bandwidth and images and sound resolution.

The three demonstrator systems aim to span the field of cooperative working according to the dimensions of the Framework. The demonstrators will highlight novel aspects of the CSCW shell architecture and show how CSCW applications can work together across different work environments and with different underlying computers and network connections. At the same time they will function as a reference for the development of EuroCODE products.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Ralf Kese
CAP debis Systemhaus KSP GmbH
c/o Deutsche Aerospace (WDY-DEK)
PO Box 8012 29
D - 81663 MÜNCHEN
tel: + 49/ 89.607.32155
fax: + 49/ 89.607.29968
telex: 623295

Participants

CAP DEBIS SYSTEMHAUS KSP GMBH - D - C
JYDSK TELEFON (JTAS) - DK - P
ÅRHUS UNIVERSITET - DK - P
NORSK REGNESENTRAL - N - A
NEXOR LTD - UK - A
GMD MBH - D - A
RANK XEROX LTD - UK - A
GREAT BELT LINK - DK - A
EMPIRICA GMBH - D - A
ICL LTD - UK - A


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EUROCODE - 6155, December 1993


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