Supporting online team editing: Using technology to shape performance and to monitor individual and group action
Computers and Composition Volume 12, Number 1, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Supporting collaborative editing on computers poses a significant challenge. An editor must show proposed changes to other members of the editing team, and the team must then work together to decide which changes to act upon. This environment is difficult to negotiate face to face with paper, much less over a network. Algorithms that compare different versions of a document can help, but they typically lack the interface requirements needed to negotiate change at a distance. In this article, we describe how software we have developed—the prep editor—can be used to support online collaborative editing. The prep interface allows teams to extract two measures across versions of a document that can be very helpful in negotiating change: claimed and unclaimed work. Claimed work refers to the actions of an individual editor that get accepted by the editing team into a new version. Unclaimed work refers to the actions of an individual editor that are not accepted by the team into the new version. We discuss and illustrate how the prep editor interface allows teams to extract the claimed and unclaimed work of each member and how this information can support a team's further decision making.
Kaufer, D.S. & Neuwirth, C. (1995). Supporting online team editing: Using technology to shape performance and to monitor individual and group action. Computers and Composition, 12(1), 113-124. Elsevier Ltd.