Remote collaboration over video data: Towards real-time e-Social science

Mike Fraser, Jon Hindmarsh, Katie Best, Christian Heath, Greg Biegel, Chris Greenhalgh, Stuart Reeves

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The design of distributed systems to support collaboration among groups of scientists raises new networking challenges that grid middleware developers are addressing. This field of development work, 'e-Science', is increasingly recognising the critical need of understanding the ordinary day-to-day work of doing research to inform design. We have investigated one particular area of collaborative social scientific work - the analysis of video data. Based on interviews and observational studies, we discuss current practices of social scientific work with digital video in three areas: Preparation for collaboration; Control of data and application; and Annotation configurations and techniques. For each, we describe how these requirements feature in our design of a distributed video analysis system as part of the MiMeG project: our security policy and distribution; the design of the control system; and providing freeform annotation over data. Finally, we review our design in light of initial use of the software between project partners; and discuss how we might transform the spatial configuration of the system to support annotation behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-279
Number of pages23
JournalComputer Supported Cooperative Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006


  • e-social science
  • Groupware
  • Synchronous collaboration
  • Video analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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