OLIVE: Workspace

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Background

Anyone who has ever used a computer in a multiple window environment can come up with the same resounding complaint: "There is never enough screen space." But, those people who work in the information visualization domain of workspaces would phrase that complaint in a slightly different way, and it would be one that complains that the developers of computer environments don't take enough of an advantage of the space that they have!

Not every user of a computer needs the same design in their workspace, and this seems to be the lesson that workspace information visualizers take to heart in development. It seems that different sets of people will require different ways to have their workspaces set up, and so they require different solutions to the same kind of general problem: how do I organize the workspace to get the most information visually to the user?

The workspace visualization domain consists of two types of classes: (1) attempting to get more windows on the screen in an organized way and (2) attempting to modify the work environment with new information. The first class does not try to add new information to the workspace, but it tries to organize the workspace to allow the user to see more things at once. Elastic Windows from the University of Maryland and Pad++ from the University of New Mexico are examples of this. The second class attempts to add new things like virtual reality and/or virtual conferencing to put new types of information on the screen, Concurrent Technologies Corporation's Collaborative Computing and Multimedia Conferencing by Lucent Technologies are examples of this.

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