Multimedia Conferencing: Has It Come of Age?
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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Multimedia conferencing continues to be an active research area with a diversity of systems being developed for a variety of situations. IN particular, multimedia conferencing is central to the idea of the Collaboratory, an electronic environment for conducting science. As a vehicle for telecollabortion, multimedia conferencing promises to provide a meeting place for those needing to work cooperatively from afar. This paper reviews current research projects in telecollaboration. We first frame the discussion of multimedia conferencing with a nomeclature and taxonomy. We compare local versus remote conferencing, touching on issues in system architecture and network communications requirements. We then examine the recurring problems researchers have observed and the solutions they have chosen. Finally, we speculate that, with the advent of new technologies and with a growing sensitivity to human factors, if multimedia conferencing has not already come of age, it now has the opportunity.
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