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Collaborative Writing Across Multiple Artifact Ecologies

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Research focusing on how collaborative writing takes place across multiple applications and devices and over longer projects is sparse. We respond to this gap by presenting the results of a qualitative study of longer-term academic writing projects, showing how co-writers employ multiple tools when working on a common text. We identify three patterns of multi-application collaboration as well as four common types of motivations for transitions between applications. We also extend existing taxonomies of collaborative writing by proposing a categorization of the functions served by the text as object and backbone of the collaboration. Together, these contributions offer a framing for understanding transitions within and across artifact ecologies in work around a common object. Our findings highlight ways in which features like concurrent editing may in fact challenge the collaborative writing process, and we point to opportunities for alternative application models.

Translated title of the contributionSamskrivning på tværs af multiple artefaktøkologier
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages13
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2020
Article number3376422
ISBN (electronic)978-1-4503-6708-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2020 - Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationHawaiʻi Convention Center
LandUnited States

    Research areas

  • academic writing, aligned artifact ecology, artifact ecology, collaboration, collaborative academic writing, collaborative writing, computer-supported cooperative work, cscw, github, google docs, latex, overleaf, personal artifact ecology, potential artifact ecology, sharelatex, text function

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