Rapidly Prototyping Multimedia Groupware

Boyle, M. and Greenberg, S. (2005)
Rapidly Prototyping Multimedia Groupware. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems - DMS'05. (Conference held in Banff, Alberta, Canada), Knowledge Systems Institute, Illinois, USA, September 5-7. Earlier version as Report 2005-786-17, May.

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Multimedia groupware systems provide rich support for distributed team work. Yet effective design of these systems is difficult because they must cater to complex human and social factors. Rapid prototyping partially mitigates this, for it allows designers to build, deploy, test and quickly evolve design ideas. The problem is that multimedia groupware is hard to prototype because distributed multimedia systems are complex to implement. To solve this problem, we offer the Collabrary, a toolkit designed to ease prototyping of multimedia groupware. The Collabrary blends real-time streaming multimedia, asynchronous shared application state, and novel multimedia analysis and manipulation algorithms to provide rich functionality for distributed teamwork. Implementing core functionality - multimedia capture, analysis, manipulation, transmission and rendering - is trivial. The Collabrary also affords lessons that inform the design of universally accepted toolkits for building distributed multimedia systems: we illustrate why toolkits should be accessible for learnability, lightweight so simple ideas are simple to build, and flexible so that novel unanticipated ideas are possible to implement.

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@INPROCEEDINGS { 2005-PrototypingMultimedia.DMS,
AUTHOR = { Boyle, M. and Greenberg, S. },
TITLE = { Rapidly Prototyping Multimedia Groupware },
BOOKTITLE = { Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems - DMS'05 },
YEAR = { 2005 },
MONTH = { September 5-7 },
PUBLISHER = { Knowledge Systems Institute, Illinois, USA },
ADDRESS = { Conference held in Banff, Alberta, Canada },
NOTE = { Earlier version as Report 2005-786-17, May },