The mission of the Collaborative Software Community Group is to provide a forum for experts in collaborative software and groupware for technical discussions, gathering use cases and requirements to align the existing formats, software, platforms, systems and technologies (e.g. wiki technology) with those used by the Open Web Platform. The goal is to ensure that the requirements of collaborative technology and groupware can be answered, when in scope, by the Recommendations published by W3C.
This group is chartered to publish documents when doing so can enhance collaborative technology and groupware. The goal is to cooperate with relevant groups and to publish documents to ensure that the requirements of the collaborative software and groupware community are met.
Note: Community Groups are proposed and run by the community. Although W3C hosts these conversations, the groups do not necessarily represent the views of the W3C Membership or staff.
A number of technologies including Office Graph can ensure that relevant, fresh, information and documents are available to individuals and groups during the performance of their tasks. Items that can be recommended, that can be routed, sorted and presented, include documents, multimedia and data. Software such as Office Graph utilize sophisticated machine learning algorithms to connect people to relevant content, conversations and people around them, including based upon their multiple simultaneous interests, tasks, groups or roles.
Innovations are possible with regard to the determination of contextual, task-based, relevance for recommending, routing, sorting and presenting content to individuals and to groups, enhancing their performance or providing them with serendipitous discovery.
Multi-document natural language processing algorithms can provide new conveniences to individuals and to groups, processing collections of documents and multimedia utilized by individuals and by groups during their various tasks including those of business, education and e-participation scenarios. Multi-document natural language processing algorithms are interoperable with advanced machine learning algorithms including those utilized by software such as Office Graph. Multi-document natural language processing technology innovations include, but are not limited to, real-time fact checking, argument analysis, sentiment analysis and spin and persuasion detection.
During e-participation, participants produce, consume and review city-scale government data, documents and multimedia, including real-time varieties. Participants are well-informed about topics relevant to city governance, relevant to communities.
Journalists could be amongst e-participants and, alongside journalists, e-participants are envisioned as distributing information to communities. Members of communities beyond regular e-participants could also visit e-participation venues or utilize related online resources and services to become well-informed.
Social media could be a component of information distribution. Alongside local news, well-informed participants could post the real-time information of e-participation, of city governance, as well as other information. A large portion of the municipal governments in the United States are small and medium-sized cities; 80% of American cities have populations fewer than 10,000 people.
Collaborative and productivity software, the software of e-participation, facilitate city-scale government transparency. Local newspapers could utilize the same dashboard software of city governments to obtain situational awareness from city-scale government transparency data.
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Though the Web and collaborative software facilitate the convenience of asynchronous collaboration and virtual meetings, groups, in particular when residing in the same cities, can schedule the use of meeting rooms, presentation rooms and auditoriums.
Venues for meetings or events provide the people of various clubs, organizations and businesses with modern, professional and high-tech meetings rooms, presentation rooms and auditoriums. The architectural designs of buildings and the furniture, equipment and resources at venues can be explored while also considering the popular activities of the clubs, groups and organizations in regions; some venues might provide multipurpose rooms. The equipment available at venues for meetings include high-bandwidth wifi, presentation equipment, sound systems, video equipment for recording meetings, equipment for webcasting meetings, transcription services and equipment for videoconferencing.
New such venues may arise from public sector investments as well as from other models. There exist various economic models and system models for simultaneously interconnecting large numbers of groups with large numbers of venues. In some approaches, the categories of organizations or of events are pertinent as charitable, public service or participatory democratic organizations might find discounted or free venue accommodations.
Productivity and collaborative software for the scheduling of meetings at organizations, reserving transportation, rooms and equipment at organizations, can scale for city-scale and otherwise distributed groups. Productivity and collaborative software with city-scale and larger-scale meetings and event planning, scheduling and logistics support can greatly convenience groups in their browsing of and selection of venues for in-person meetings; such features can be built into productivity and collaborative software. Such software should include the capability for multiple groups or for multiple subgroups of groups to schedule rooms at multiple venues with videoconferencing equipment.
Software which conveniences the scheduling of venues for meetings or events can stimulate the economic markets for such venues as well as local economies. Such venues can bring customers to proximate local businesses such as cafes, taverns, restaurants and shopping. Such venues can be on mass transportation routes.
The protocols utilized by the software components for groups to schedule uses of transportation, meeting rooms and equipment are important standardization topics.
Ideas are broached pertaining to new and emerging uses of calendar, scheduling and tasks software in educational, business and community scenarios.
City governments can provide calendar services and location aware service discovery can ease configuration so that users can synchronize their calendars to show city government events and local e-participation opportunities. Envisioned is a toggle specifically for such events, as some applications have settings for the birthdays of contacts or for holidays.
The categories of events are as broad as uses of collaborative software and productivity software for e-participation.
Categories of events include opinion polls. Opinion polls might open at a time, close at a time and involve scheduling participation with estimated duration. The heuristics might resemble scheduling appointments with virtual pollsters; users could observe opinion poll intervals on their calendars to then schedule participation as they might schedule appointments.
Location aware calendar-related services also include community calendars as well as event calendars provided by local newspapers.
Educational technology empowers educational systems, businesses, organizations and communities. Technology can provide users with task-based content, advancing productivity, as well as with information in response to their questions, to refresh their knowledge or to facilitate on-the-job training.
There is a cross-fertilization between business and e-participation scenarios. Software tools and features for organizational communication, organizational learning, knowledge management and on-the-job training are of use for e-participation scenarios. Businesses and enterprises are interested in training new employees and providing on-the-job training to all employees. In city-scale e-participation scenarios, new participants arrive regularly and all participants can find opportunities to learn amidst the various, dynamic, tasks and discussions of participatory democracy.
Educational technology tasks pertinent to e-participation include: (1) the instructional design of training programs pertaining to participatory democracy and to city governance, (2) facilitating the authoring of user-generated learning objects, (3) advancing learning objects and learning object metadata, (4) advancing the indexing, search and retrieval of learning objects and the federated search of learning objects, (5) advancing generative learning objects, case-based reasoning and machine learning.
A recent office software feature is that of “insights” or “smart lookup”. Expanding upon such features, computational linguistics algorithms upon documents or multimedia can produce varieties of metadata (i.e. about lexemes, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or overlapping regions or selections). Such metadata, with software such as Office Graph or other task-based contexts, can facilitate the utilization of expanded search API’s, including those of desktop search, search engines and federated search, to increase the quality of search results and to provide search results that include learning objects.
Users can schedule the utilization of learning objects conveniently from task-based contexts with interoperable calendar, scheduling and tasks applications.
Such technology advancements empower educational systems, businesses, organizations and communities. Such technology advancements scale to facilitate the performance of intelligent tutoring systems, digital personal assistants and digital group assistants in task-based mixed-initiative dialogues with users, in response to their questions, to refresh their knowledge or to facilitate on-the-job training.
Collaborative and productivity software are the software of city-scale e-participation.
Collaboration and productivity software empower individuals and teams in the performance of their various tasks at organizations across sectors and can facilitate various models of city-scale e-participation.
Project.net Open Source Project Management software with document, task, and project sharing and collaboration
Projectplace, online collaboration tool providing Project management, Document collaboration & Communication in one tool
ProjectManager.com online project management software with collaboration features for teams
ProjectWise, a suite of project information management and collaboration software and services from Bentley Systems designed for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) industries and infrastructure owner-operators.
ProtoShare, web-based collaborative prototyping and review tool for interactive projects
Powermeeting, web-based synchronous groupware which allows users to conduct group activities in a well-coordinated group process
QikPad, web-based collaborative real time text-based tool