ASIS Midyear '98 Proceedings

Collaboration Across Boundaries:
Theories, Strategies, and Technology

Collaborative Authoring and
Electronic Document Management

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As experts try to answer the question "what is a document" within the context of an electronic environment, and as records managers wrestle with how to archive web-based documents for later retrieval, an increasing amount of uncontrolled and undefined information is being created everyday. Electronically-created and -published information is fluid. Multiple versions of a document may exist. And to add to the complexity of managing versions created over time, there is also a need to track multiple versions of a document created by different authors in different locations. As web-based collaboration increases, it becomes imperative that standards are developed for the identification and retrieval of electronic documents.

Key characteristics about a document, or metadata, must be attached to facilitate the information transfer process. One of these characteristics must be the "version" of a document and there must be a system for a user to manage multiple versions and to retrieve a specific version.

We, as information scientists, must maintain an awareness of developments related to organizational and classification systems. We must be aware of information system architectures that make use of these classification systems. And we must stay informed about how users are using new technologies to manage information.

This panel will look at case studies or research in progress related to document management systems that support collaborative work and distributed authoring. Topics will include a description of practical applications of current distributed authoring and electronic document management tools, implications for information management professionals and users, and a discussion of how these tools might solve issues related to archiving electronic documents.

A Standard for Collaborative Authoring on the Web: WebDAV
Jim Whitehead, University of California Irvine, and
Owen Ambur, United States Fish & Wildlife Service

Overview and Update on the Electronic Records Work Group
Mark Giguere, National Archives and Records Administration

DBA -- Bridging Islands of Information for Enterprise-wide Document Management
Charles R. Fay, FileNET Corporation

Moderator: Linda Schamber, University of North Texas

Panel presented at the 1998 midyear meeting of the Association for Information Science, May 17-20, 1998, Orlando, Florida.

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