The affordances of media spaces for collaboration

Gaver, William. 1992. 'The affordances of media spaces for collaboration'. In: CSCW '92. Toronto, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In this paper, I discuss the affordances offered by media spaces for collaboration, contrasting their properties with those of the everyday medium and exploring the implications for perception and interaction. Collaboration is situated in a physical environment which supports or
constrains the various forms social interactions might take. An analysis of the affordances of the environment – the properties that offer actions and interactions to those within it – thus complements analyses which emphasize social and cultural factors. Examining the “physics” of media space systems is helpful both in understanding how people use
them to collaborate and in suggesting possibilities for

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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Video, mediaspaces, affordances, ecological approaches

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Design > Interaction Research Studio



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Toronto, Canada

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Date Deposited:

02 Dec 2015 12:38

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20 Jun 2017 13:58


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