Jonathan D. Fouss

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For the past decade, numerous commercial and experimental systems have been designed for collaborative writing applications. From our experience working in the area of CSCW research and development, we have come to realize the possibility and the potential significance of CSCW systems in the engineering design process. The objective of the research is to(More)
This paper presents a prototype computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) environment that supports the engineering design process. In particular, this environment provides collaborative tools that support computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided software engineering (CASE). This paper takes an high level look at the system as a whole and then(More)
Most of today's applications have been targeted at making individuals more productive. It is common, however, for several individuals to collaborate on a project. Computers support the individual work done by group members but provide only token support for group interaction. There is a need for new tools that provide an environment where a group can(More)
Distributed Collaborative Writing Aid (DCWA) is an environment developed for a group of designers to work together. It provides real-time communication that enables collaboration members to share ideas while working together. The emphasis of this paper is on the process of integrating and generating documents. This process involves creating, editing, and(More)
The definition of what groupware is can be a topic of great debate and is often very broad. This allows many types of software to earn the name groupware but makes it very difficult to compare applications and to do any kind of background research in the field. This paper attempts to bring some organization to the chaos and serve as introduction to(More)
There are computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools that provide basic collaborative capabilities. However, CASE tools' collaborative abilities are typically very basic and are not enough for true collaborative work. This paper presents a groupware tool under development at Auburn University whose purpose is to aid in the engineering design process(More)
Most traditional collaborative authoring tools offer some degree of document security and concurrency control. Document security is usually accomplished by allowing users to maintain private windows and to assign private ownership to files, perhaps through operating system mechanisms. Shared portions of a document can be manipulated through shared windows.(More)
DCWA is a computer supported cooperative work tool designed to support the engineering process in a distributed environment. The paper will discuss some of the drawbacks of DCWA and the proposed solutions that are being considered for further development of this project. Issues of Current CSCW Systems and Possible Solutions Like many software projects, the(More)
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