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Title: Activity-Centric Support for Ad Hoc Knowledge Work – A Case Study of co-Activity Manager
Authors: Houben, Steven
Bardram, Jakob E.
Vermeulen, Jo
Luyten, Kris
Coninx, Karin
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: ACM
Citation: Proceedings of The 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013), p. 2263-2272
Abstract: Modern knowledge work consists of both individual and highly collaborative activities that are typically composed of a number of configuration, coordination and articulation processes. The desktop interface today, however, provides very little support for these processes and rather forces knowledge workers to adapt to the technology. We introduce co-Activity Manager, an activity-centric desktop system that (i) provides tools for ad hoc dynamic configuration of a desktop working context, (ii) supports both explicit and implicit articulation of ongoing work through a built-in collaboration manager and (iii) provides the means to coordinate and share working context with other users and devices. In this paper we discuss the activity theory informed design of co-Activity Manager and report on a 14 day field deployment in a multidisciplinary software development team. The study showed that the activity-centric workspace supports different individual and collaborative work configuration practices and that activity-centric collaboration is a two-phase process consisting of an activity sharing and per-activity coordination phase.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14758
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1899-0
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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