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AN ARCHITECTURAL MODEL TO SUPPORT COLLABORATIVE WORK THROUGH MOBILE DEVICES

César A. Collazos
Department of Systems, FIET, Universidad del Cauca
Popayán, Colombia
ccollazo@unicauca.edu.co

Rosa Alarcón
Department of Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Santiago, Chile
ralarcon@ing.puc.cl

Luis A. Guerrero
Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile
luguerre@dcc.uchile.cl


Abstract

Groupware applications play a major role in supporting distributed teams for working together collaboratively. Several groupware platforms have been developed to simplify the development of synchronous and asynchronous applications focusing on relieve developers from facing standard problems such as communication, synchronization, coordination or concurrency control. Upcoming communication technologies (e.g. wireless area networks, cellular telephones, PDAs, pagers, etc.) are a promising and interesting market for developing group support features. However research in groupware systems does not address the need to support individual tasks, which are part of group activities. As development and research in both areas grows and intermingle, we believe that this issue will acquire more relevance. In this paper, we propose an architecture that allows users to move seamlessly across four different scenarios: individual and collaborative work supported by portable devices and desktop computers.

Keywords: Mobile Work, Collaborative Activities.