7th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247092,
        author={Lutz Gericke and Raja Gumienny and Christoph Meinel},
        title={Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions},
        proceedings={7th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        keywords={whiteboard remote collaboration team analysis},
  • Lutz Gericke
    Raja Gumienny
    Christoph Meinel
    Year: 2012
    Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247092
Lutz Gericke1,*, Raja Gumienny1, Christoph Meinel1
  • 1: Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam
*Contact email: lutz.gericke@hpi.uni-potsdam.de


We present the digital whiteboard system Tele-Board, which automatically captures all interactions made on the all-digital whiteboard and thus offers possibilities for a fast interpretation of usage characteristics. Analyzing team work at whiteboards is a time-consuming and error-prone process if manual interpretation techniques are applied. In a case study, we demonstrate how to conduct and analyze whiteboard experiments with the help of our system. The study investigates the role of video compared to an audio-only connection for distributed work settings. With the simplified analysis of communication data, we can prove that the video teams were more active than the audio teams and the distribution of whiteboard interaction between team members was more balanced. In this way, automatic analyses can not only support manual observations and codings, but also give insights that cannot be achieved with other systems.