'Groupware for Groups': Problem-Driven Design in Deme

Position Paper, Beyond Threaded Conversation Workshop at CHI 2005 (Portland, Oregon, April 3), 2005

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Todd Davies

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program; Center for the Study of Language and Information

Brendan T. O'Connor

Carnegie Mellon University

Alex Cochran

Stanford University

Andrew Parker

Stanford University

Date Written: January 31, 2005

Abstract

Design choices can be clarified when group interaction software is directed at solving the interaction needs of particular groups that pre-date the groupware. We describe an example: the Deme platform for online deliberation. Traditional threaded conversation systems are insufficient for solving the problem at which Deme is aimed, namely, that the democratic process in grassroots community groups is undermined both by the limited availability of group members for face-to-face meetings and by constraints on the use of information in real-time interactions. We describe and motivate design elements, either implemented or planned for Deme, that addresses this problem. We believe that "problem focused" design of software for preexisting groups provides a useful framework for evaluating the appropriateness of design elements in groupware generally.

Keywords: groupware, online deliberation, threaded conversation, problem-driven design, community groups, grassroots

Suggested Citation

Davies, Todd R. and O'Connor, Brendan T. and Cochran, Alex and Parker, Andrew, 'Groupware for Groups': Problem-Driven Design in Deme (January 31, 2005). Position Paper, Beyond Threaded Conversation Workshop at CHI 2005 (Portland, Oregon, April 3), 2005 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2228848 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2228848

Todd R. Davies (Contact Author)

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Brendan T. O'Connor

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

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Alex Cochran

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Andrew Parker

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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