Rosa A. Alarcon
Department of Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Santiago 6904411, Chile

Luis A. Guerrero, Sergio F. Ochoa, José A. Pino
Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile
Blanco Encalada 2120, Santiago 6511224, Chile
{luguerre, sochoa, jpino}@dcc.uchile.cl


Groupware systems support users performing a collaborative task. Designers of such systems may consider the deployment of mobile devices in many cases apparently taking advantage of the good features of these devices. However, mobile gadgets are not always suitable. We develop a framework of contextual elements to be considered when a collaborative application for mobile scenarios is being designed. These contextual elements have been identified based on the authors experience on collaborative applications in such scenarios. The use of this framework is illustrated analyzing three examples of collaborative situations.

Keywords: Contextual framework, Groupware applications design.