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ASIS '98 Mid-Year Conference
Technical Program

Schedule Participant Index Index by Session Type SIG Index Topic Index

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:30
10:30-12:00
10:30-12:00
11:00-12:30
1:30-3:00
12:30-1:30
 
3:30-5:00
2:00-3:30
 
 
4:00-5:00

Monday

Monday 9:00-10:00am - Plenary Speaker
Jeffrey D. Smith
Jeff Smith is a researcher at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), currently at the NTT Multimedia Communications Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA USA. His research interests include CSCW, organizational theory, organizational design, and classical rhetoric.

One current project is EColabor, a collaborative requirements analysis system. Part of his work with EColabor is designing a distributed media server and control protocols.

Other activities include "Ingrid," a global, distributed search infrastructure, and a multicast debugging and monitoring tool, tentatively called mtool. Plans are to have a beta version of mtool available by the summer IETF.

Following his plenary presentation, Jeff will demonstrate EColabor, an active hypermedia for collaboratively elaborating documents. EColabor is designed to address problems in communication, agreement, and change management in document production, which are reportedly significant but rarely addressed. Based on the Inquiry Cycle model, EColabor supports stakeholders in systematically managing their documents. EColabor records all the processes of elaborating documents in shared hypermedia and provides comprehensive support for utilizing these records, applying multimedia and CSCW technologies to the document production process. The main technical challenges we are faced with are: (1) to establish feasible multimedia communication technology by using the Internet, (2) to integrate synchronous and asynchronous CSCW technologies, which have been independently developed, and (3) to develop a model and tools for multimedia note-taking. Conventionally, research on multimedia tends towards presentation. EColabor emphasizes support for authoring (or note-taking) multimedia information instead.
 



Monday 10:30-12:00pm - Demonstration
EColabor
Jeff will demonstrate EColabor, an active hypermedia for collaboratively elaborating documents. EColabor is designed to address problems in communication, agreement, and change management in document production, which are reportedly significant but rarely addressed. Based on the Inquiry Cycle model, EColabor supports stakeholders in systematically managing their documents. EColabor records all the processes of elaborating documents in shared hypermedia and provides comprehensive support for utilizing these records, applying multimedia and CSCW technologies to the document production process.

Jeff Smith, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

 

Monday 10:30-12:00pm - Panel Session
Collaboration for Community Outreach: Bridging the Gap (SIG LAN, TIS, and MED)

Panelists will describe community outreach programs which either use technology to give information to the community, offer direct service to the community using technology, or help instruct the community in the use of technology. Discussion after the presentation will focus on community outreach. Who are the information have-nots in our communities? What are their needs? What do we have to offer? How can we help? How can we form coalitions and collaborative projects to help?

Methods of Evaluating Community Networks (contributed paper)
Kim Gregson and Charlotte Ford, Indiana University

Town and Gown in Brooklyn: Teaching Technology
M. Dawn Armstrong, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development

Teaching Technology to the Teachers: AT&T, Duke University Collaboration for Information Literacy
Laura Cousineau, Duke University

The Chicago AIDS Outreach Project Consortium
Javier B. Crespo, University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Strengthening the Community through Networking
Susan Holmes, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Moderator
Inez L. Sperr-Brisfjord, Pratt Institute
 

Monday 10:30-12:00pm - Panel Session
Corporate and University Collaborative Partnerships: Report from the Field

Increasingly corporations and universities are establishing collaborative partners that build on each other's strengths and help create innovative products and processes for the corporation, and provide funding to support research and education at the university. In these collaborative projects, diverse corporate employees and university faculty must interact to come to a working understanding about the project outcomes and how the collaborative process will proceed. In this panel, benefits and challenges in collaborations between academia and industry will be discussed.

Collaboration as Strategic Policy
Skip Bollenbacher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Collaboration Management: Elements of Effectiveness
Mike Jaffe, Hoechst Celanese

Participation in Collaborative Projects: A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives.
Diane H. Sonnenwald, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Corporate and University Collaborative Partnerships
José-Marie Griffiths, University of Michigan

Moderator
Diane H. Sonnenwald, University of North Carolina
 


Monday 1:30-3:00pm - Panel Session
Developing a Culture of Measurement: Using Information to Foster Collaboration

Information Technology continues to spread into new areas such as primary and behavioral health care. If successful collaboration occurs, innovative technology can lead stakeholders to learn a common language and agree on common goals, increasing organizational effectiveness. What factors determine success and failure in the development, adoption, and use of technology? What organizational and psychological dimensions must be addressed to align individual needs, group interests, and organizational culture? The panelists will describe research, strategies, and experiences with implementing information technology in health care organizations.

Grant Grissom will describe research on how information technology enabled a residential unit to shift its organizational paradigm and to significantly increase effectiveness. David Marion consults to health care organizations implementing innovative information technology and will analyze factors critical to the outcome of such efforts. Linda Marion will discuss the continuing evolution of innovative technology in one organization via results of interviews with stakeholders.

Developing a Culture of Measurement.
Grant Grissom, Field Diagnostic Services, Inc.

Strategies for Successful Implementation of Information Technology in Health Care Organizations.
David J. Marion, Widener University

Once is not Enough: The Need for Continuing Collaboration, also Moderator.
Linda Marion, Drexel University

Moderator
Linda Marion, Drexel University
 

Monday 1:30-3:00pm - Panel Session
Managing Groupware: Hosting and Appropriation
Claudio Ciborra and colleagues propose an approach of "hosting" and "appropriating" groupware as a way of managing groupware in a direction that can be beneficial to organizations. The main stress of the book is that we do NOT know what can happen with groupware once its placed into an organization. If groupware is not taken care of constantly, users aren't trained and motivated to use it, a flexibility in terms of outcomes of use isn't in place, and/or patience is lacking, the users will drift to some other tools and groupware can be useless. In addition, beneficial outcomes of the groupware may deviate from management expectations.

The panel will bring up the research evidence on the use of groupware. It will also demonstrate the user experience with groupware (Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, and Novell Groupwise). The third angle of looking at groupware will be the technical perspective, potentials and capabilities of technology, and the designer as seen by a groupware industry representative. These multiple angles, with help of moderation of the discussion, will hopefully create a more complete picture of groupware that can inform management practice.

Bob Travica, Indiana University

Paul Neff, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Daniel Bednarek, GIGA Information Group

Moderator,
Geoff McKim, Indiana University

 

Monday 1:30-3:00pm - Panel Session
Issues in the Administration of Distance Learning (SIG ED)

Monday 3:30-5:00pm - Contributed Papers Session
Motivating Collaboration within Organizational Settings

Monday 3:30-5:00pm - Panel Session
Teaching Collaborative Skills Monday 3:30-5:00pm - Panel Session
Student-Faculty Interactions across Distances (SIG ED)  
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:30
10:30-12:00
10:30-12:00
11:00-12:30
1:30-3:00
12:30-1:30
 
3:30-5:00
2:00-3:30
 
 
4:00-5:00

Tuesday

Tuesday 9:00-10:00am - Contributed Papers Session
Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries Tuesday 9:00-10:00am - Contributed Papers Session
Information Seeking/Retrieval Tuesday 9:00-10:00am - Panel Session
Collaborative Authoring and Document Management (SIG PUB)

Tuesday 10:30-12:00pm - Panel Session
Student Collaboration across Distances
 

Tuesday 10:30-12:00pm - Panel Session
Collaborating with IT Groups to Promote Technology Training (SIG LAN)

Collaboration between libraries, local departments, and central IT groups is essential in order to create and promote relevant training in the use of current technologies. This collaboration has yielded exciting and innovative results.

This session will examine collaborative technology training in three different organizations. Northwestern's Technology in Learning and Teaching Workshop, jointly sponsored by the University Library and Academic Technologies, focuses on teaching technology and resource staff responsible for the "incorporation of interactive multimedia and Internet resources into higher education curriculum."

Mary Dougherty, Northwestern University

Leslie Wykoff, Washington State University

Karen Zimerman, University of Iowa

Moderator
John Little, Duke University
 


Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm - Demonstration
The ISI Electronic Solution: Linking a Bibliographic Layer with Databases, Web Content, and Publishers' Full Text

Jay Trolley, ISI

 

Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm - Demonstration
If We Build It They Will Come: Collaboration in Advancing Information Arcade-inspired Teaching and Learning Spaces

This demonstration describes the process to date with next generation advancements in building collaborative learning and teaching environments. The current "Arcade" consists of an electronic classroom, multimedia workstations, an ethernet connection, and connections to a diversity of resources. The commons is a central support and delivery venue for courseware development, classroom instruction, health-related research, and independent learning. Arctic (Advanced Real Time Information Center) resulted from collaboration between the university libraries, the college of business Administration, and industry partners, and incorporates state-of-the-art interactive technologies for financial trading markets. Several other aspects will also be described. It is hoped that this demonstration of existing and works-in-progress will provide some useful models for planning high-tech collaborative physical spaces as well as a debate on the future of such facilities.

Barbara Dewey, University of Iowa
 

Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm - Demonstration
Librarian-Faculty Partnership

TWISTed Pairs: Librarian-Faculty Partnerships Create Web-Based Learning Environments
Karen Zimmerman, University of Iowa Libraries

Librarians are paired with faculty to create web-based guides to resources for specific courses. An individualized program is developed, including "pair" and student training, and the program is expanding to include non-reference librarians and the use of computer-mediated communication, image/sound/text databases, and other web-based tools. Information on copyright/fair use, privacy rights, and other issues are also included.
 

Collaborative Learning in an Intercultural Communication Course
Karen Zimmerman, University of Iowa Libraries
Kristine Fitch, University of Iowa

Using e-mail, FirstClass groupware and CU-SeeMe video conferencing, students from the University of Iowa were paired with students at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland to learn more about cultures, communication practices, and interpersonal ideologies. Joint term papers were produced using all three modes of electronic communications. We will demonstrate how each software was used for different functions of the collaborative learning process and will discuss the difficulties faced.


Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm - Demonstration
An Interactive and Collaborative Approach to Answering Questions for an Organization
We will demonstrate the Chicago Information Exchange (CIE), an emerging application for managing the online textual expertise of the University of Chicago Computer Science Department. Our demo will show the natural language interfaces provided to the SIE clients (students), how the system initiates a dialog, and how the CIE experts collaborate with each other on the incoming questions.

Vladimir A. Kulyukin, University of Chicago
 


Tuesday 2:00-3:30pm - Panel Session
Case Studies in Academic Collaboration (SIG CRS, LAN, TIS)

Academe has endured many intellectual and cultural revolutions, but how well is it handling the technology evolution? New technologies have made enormous demands on the institutions of higher learning, Unusual, even un-imagined collaborative partnerships have been forged to address the demands of student, staff and faculty related to technology. How successful have these partnerships been? How does collaboration or lack of it impact the academy? How stressful are these partnerships? This panel will present case studies that involve two or more academic related organizations addressing needs generated by changes in technology.

Collaboration Between a Computer Services Help Desk and Library Reference Department.
Doug Kaylor, Wright State University
 
A Statewide Cooperative Project: The Louisiana Library Network
Carol Barry, Louisiana State University (Contributed paper)

Contrary to Collaboration: Issues of Academic Isolation
M. Jay Norton, University of Southern Mississippi
 

Tuesday 2:00-3:30pm - Contributed Papers Session
Intra-organizational Teams Tuesday 2:00-3:30pm - Contributed Papers Session
Educational Collaboration across International Boundaries

 
Tuesday 4:00-5:30pm - Panel Session
Protection of Intellectual Property -- Collaboration or Conflict: Hearings for an ASIS White Paper (SIG IFP, PUB) Tuesday 4:00-5:30pm - Demonstration
Customized Products: Users and Developers as Collaborators
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:30
10:30-12:00
10:30-12:00
11:00-12:30
1:30-3:00
12:30-1:30
 
3:30-5:00
2:00-3:30
 
 
4:00-5:00

Wednesday

Wednesday 9:00-10:30pm - Panel Session
Leveraging Knowledge Through Collaboration: Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice (SIG MGT) Wednesday 9:00-10:30pm - Panel Session
Technologies Supporting Collaboration in an Educational Setting (SIG ED)
   
 

Wednesday 11:00-12:30pm - Plenary Speaker
Michael Schrage


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:00
9:00-10:30
10:30-12:00
10:30-12:00
11:00-12:30
1:30-3:00
12:30-1:30
 
3:30-5:00
2:00-3:30
 
 
4:00-5:00


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