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Timeliner poster on CSCW 2012 conference

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David Lamas, Vladimir Tomberg, Mart Laanpere: A Conceptual Model for Collaborative Scientific Writing. Poster at CSCW2012 cinference/

David Lamas, Vladimir Tomberg, Mart Laanpere: A Conceptual Model for Collaborative Scientific Writing. Poster at CSCW2012 cinference/

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  • 1. A Conceptual Modelfor Collaborative Scientific WritingDavid Lamas, Vladimir Tomberg, Mart Laanperedrl@tlu.ee, vtomberg@tlu.ee, martl@tlu.ee Having different everyday tools and workflows, Timeliner is an Internet based tool Challenges faced by ourselves but also The problem we address by offering designed to support collaborative sci- elaborated upon by both our local Timeliner is about supporting collabo- how researchers can effectively collaborate entific writing. The need for Timeliner rises from daily challenges regarding research community as well as by mem- bers of our international research pro- rative scientific writing with minimal dis- ruption of concurrent practices and online in the process of scientific writing? collaborative scientific writing pro- jects teams. workflows. cesses. Data Layer INITIAL CONCEPTS CONNECTING RESOURCES Collaborative writing is common and often A final step in our design process was to unavoidable in academic work as written doc- design Timeliners system architecture as a API API API API API API API API uments, such as articles, reports and presen- mash-up of external data and functionalities Milestones tations are mostly produced collaboratively. provided by third-party services (see figure). Metadata Layer Timeliner Multi API Engine API We consider that collaborative writing is the This means that Timeliner has almost no con- process of two or more people working cern about storing data but rather focus on 9/1/2003 - 10/10/2003 10/15/2003 - 10/9/2005 Rewiev and Approval Process Writing Abstract together to create a complex document, irre- the processing of metadata related to exter- 11/13/2004 6/30/2005 11/4/2005 10/12/2003 spectively of locus or synchronicity. nal data. By using different types of metadata Abstract Deadline Camera ready Publication Visualisation Layer as glue, Timeliner can bring together, into a As showed on the concept map we interpret new writing ecosystem, resources that were 6/1/2003 11/30/2005 the process of collaborative writing as a pro- separated before. ject. Users Layer Local resources Researcher SHARING TIMELINES FIRST UI PROTOTYPE Instead of organizing users into groups we Tasks We have designed first software prototype User A propose the concept of sharing resources Documents for Timeliner using concept of resources asso- in associated timelines. If two or more ciated with specific writing project and researchers are ready to start collaboration, Tasks arranged around project timeline. At the top User B they should share their timelines with each Documents current status of target document is dis- other. played. The researcher can create tasks, By marking own resources as public and Visible assign them to coworkers, and bind to them private the users can precisely define what shared resources. resources resources they want to share. The tasks, milestones and resources can be Shared resource Private resource The process of sharing timelines between tagged and annotated. All activities are two users is illustrated on figure. Gray lines tracked in diary, which also has interface for mark resources to be shared; private participants’ chat. resources are painted in black color. Narva mnt. 25, T-511 Centre for Educational Technology 10120, Tallinn Estonia Phone: (+372) 6409 355 Tallinn University, Estonia e-mail: ktoming@tlu.ee

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