|dc.contributor.author||Slater, Mark David
Final doctoral research paper presented at JCDL 2005 Inaugural Doctoral Consortium, 7 June 2005, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Today, despite decades of research, computer support for academic knowledge workers is fragmented
and poorly integrated. While office automation and other forms of Computer Supported Collaborative
Work(CSCW) approacheshavebenefitted academics, nosingleenvironmenttodayintegratesthebasic
activities of the academic knowledge worker, including: individually or collaboratively writing research
papers, sharing researchpapers, reviewingpapersforpublicationin ajournal or conference, andpersis
tently sharing comments and observations on existing literature. We have developed an initial model
that describes the mechanisms used by academics to transfer knowledge to other individuals, project
groups, and communities, as well as mechanisms used to transfer knowledge within project groups and
communities. Based on ourmodel, with revisions stemmingfromtheresults of ourstudy,wewilldevelop
a novel environment calledWhisper(forWebInformationSharing Project),that will supportthe mech
anisms of knowledge transfer between academics. Whisper will provide tools for academics, including
digital library spaces with shared articles and annotations, versioned file spaces, archived discussion lists,
By creating an online workspace for academics of all fields, Whisper can reduce the cost and effort
needed to setup shared workspaces between physically distant collaborators, as well as interdisciplinary
collaborations. The persistent repository of project information, community discussions, and online
journals will provide easier access to past and current research; this helps facilitate knowledge transfer
long aftertheentitythat created theknowledgeisdefunct orbecomesunavailable. Inaddition,ourmodel
willbe abletoidentify: theknowledgetransfer mechanisms most appropriatefor agiven entitypair,the
point at which formal communities are viable, and at what point mass knowledge transfer mechanisms
are viable within a given community.
Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA 95064
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computer supported collaborative work
academic knowledge workers
Whisper: Supporting Knowledge Transfer for Academics
Slater, Mark David. "Whisper: Supporting Knowledge Transfer for Academics." (2005) https://hdl.handle.net/1911/5108.