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Emilee Rader

Associate Professor @ the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Barriers to Collaboration: User-Centered Research and the Access Grid

by: Emilee (Rader) Patrick


The Access Grid (AG) links geographically separated people so that they may participate simultaneously in different types of group activities. This technology shows clear potential for engendering conditions capable of supporting true distance collaboration; however, barriers exist that keep the AG from becoming a communication medium capable of rivaling face-to-face meetings. This paper reviews literature from social psychology, anthropology and computer-supported cooperative work, suggesting possible reasons for these barriers and supporting them with evidence from three separate observations of AG events. Proposed research for addressing these issues in the coming year is discussed.


Emilee (Rader) Patrick. “Barriers to Collaboration: User-Centered Research and the Access Grid.”Proceedings of the 2001 Access Grid Retreat. Argonne National Labs.2001.

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