CASCADE was my major research project for five years. The project wound down in 1998, even though some PhD student projects are still tied to the effort and the software is still being used. However, active research development has stopped. CASCADE stands for Computer Augmented Support for Collaborative Authoring and Document Editing. This page will provide access to most of the papers on CASCADE. The current research on CASCADE involves development of a client server version and conduct of some usability tests. Related to these efforts, there is now a CASCADE web site.
The first two documents below describe CASCADE. The third provides a general introduction to the topic of collaborative authoring, and the fourth describes the features and metrics that might be examined in collaborative authoring systems.
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Users' Guide: Introduction to CASCADE, provides a sense of what CASCADE can do to support the authoring process.
The CASCADE System: A Design Overview provides a sense of the research questions that CASCADE is intended to address and talks about the future development of the system.
Software to Aid Collaboration: Focus on Collaborative Authoring is a paper developed for the National Institute for Standards and Technology. The paper describes some of the features of collaboration software with an eye to the features that would support collaborative authoring. Comments are welcome.
Evaluation for Software to Aid Collaboration is a paper being developed
for the National Institute for Standards and Technology that describes
some of the tests that might be conducted to assess collaboration software.
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