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ERIC Number: ED482081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
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Co-Operation Metaphors for Virtual Museums.
Barbieri, Thimoty; Paolini, Paolo
Cooperation Metaphors are sets of rules to support interaction and collaboration between users who want to explore complex content and information together. The rules determine how the collaborative community can be created and managed, how members of the community can operate on their own, or cooperate with other members. Different types of situations, tasks and user roles determine different behaviors and therefore need different metaphors. The paper describes in general what cooperation metaphors are and how they can be defined. A number of examples, related to typical activities for virtual museums (museums on the Web) are used in order to give a practical understanding of what cooperation is, or can be. The paper also suggests that virtual metaphors lack some of the features of real-life cooperation, but, on the other hand, can also offer unexpected, powerful and effective possibilities not available in (traditional) real-life. Finally, the paper describes how collaborative activities for virtual museums can be implemented using today's tools and applications for collaboration on the Web, such as Net2gether, Microsoft Research's Virtual Worlds, and the WebTalk series. Includes three figures. (Contains 25 references.) (Author)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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