2nd International ICST Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

A Web Collaboration Architecture

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/COLCOM.2006.361841,
        author={Antonio Tapiador and Antonio Fumero and Joaqu\^{\i}n Salvach\^{u}a and Sandra Aguirre},
        title={A Web Collaboration Architecture},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        keywords={Collaboration  Collaborative software  Collaborative work  Communication channels  Internet  Peer to peer computing  Service oriented architecture  Systems engineering and theory  Telematics  Wikipedia},
  • Antonio Tapiador
    Antonio Fumero
    Joaquín Salvachúa
    Sandra Aguirre
    Year: 2007
    A Web Collaboration Architecture
    DOI: 10.1109/COLCOM.2006.361841
Antonio Tapiador1,*, Antonio Fumero1,*, Joaquín Salvachúa1,*, Sandra Aguirre1,*
  • 1: Department of Telematic Systems Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), 28040 Madrid, Spain
*Contact email: atapiador@dit.upm.es, fumero@dit.upm.es, jsalvachua@dit.upm.es, saguirre@dit.upm.es


Computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) has typically been bound within organizations. Groupware applications are designed with organizational structures in mind, in a top-down approach that predicts communication and collaboration interactions between people. With Internet adoption in society, CSCW overflows organizational borders towards Internet supported collaborative work (ISCW), where the organization of work becomes decentralized, centered on individual interests and pretty dynamic. This paper proposes a Web collaboration architecture for the new Web environment. The article reviews common groupware problems and reflects recent organizational changes. It presents Web 2.0 features and technical state-of-the-art. Then, it describes the architecture proposed, to finish with conclusions and future research lines.