Workshop on WWW and Collaboration

September 11-12, 1995

Cambridge, MA

Organized by
Laboratory for Computer Science
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in cooperation with the
World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web has from its inception promoted informal collaboration: personal web pages offer pointers to interesting sites; voluntary registration and word-of-mouth yield enormous searchable indexes; email integrated in browsers makes it easy to forward web citations to interested groups. At the same time, interactive collaborations such as joint authoring, group discussion and simple workflows go without direct support. It is clear that a richer framework is required to fully support these kinds of collaborations.

The goal of this workshop is to establish a context for the WWW Consortium as it proceeds to recommend protocol changes that will address collaboration requirements. The focus will be on extensions to the Web protocols that support wide-area asynchronous collaborative applications, particularly extensions that can have impact by early '96. Presentations during the first day of the workshop will paint a broader picture of potential for collaboration on the Web that will frame this focused effort and that may suggest additional follow-on activities.

Participation in the workshop will be by invitation based on short written proposals for sessions or position statements that address the goals of the workshop (submission details are below.) The workshop format will be one day of short presentations -- primarily demonstrations of working systems -- followed by a day of break-out sessions on topics suggested during the first day. We seek proposals for presentations as well as position statements on standards-related issues.

Proposals for presentations should be about implemented collaboration systems, applications and groupware technologies -- including commercial products -- or technologies that play a significant role in implementation of collaboration applications. The program will include a representative sample of different types of systems. We are already aware of a number of working collaborative systems which are listed at:


and expect proposals from developers of several of these systems. We are particularly interested in proposals from people who offer contrasting systems that will broaden our coverage.

Submitted statements that are not proposals for presentations should clearly address the goals of the workshop, making a case either for a particular technology or a standardization approach.

Themes that we hope to highlight in presentations as well as discussion include but are not limited to:

Organizing Committee:

Instructions and Schedule

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of not more than 500 words describing your interests, current activity, and proposed presentation or position before July 24, 1995.

Submissions should be sent by email to www-collab-submit@w3.org.

Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee. Invitations will be sent by August 1, 1995.

Please address questions scope or content of workshop to the chair and questions about organization to the Workshop Coordinator:

Workshop Coordinator:
Karen MacArthur (kmm@w3.org), M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science and World Wide Web Consortium

Irene Greif (igreif @ lotus.com), Lotus Development Corporation

Created 13 June 1995
Last updated 13 June 1995