Web4Groups Project
Alain Karsenty

This project is a European project within the Telematics Program.

Project description

The European Project Web4Groups aims at building an environment for asynchronous group collaboration on the Web. The Basic System provides electronic conferencing facilities, by which groups of users can create shared workspaces, discussions, annotations. The system can accomodate private information as well as public applications. A special care has been taken for the usability of the system, by providing capability for multi-lingual interfaces, and diverse access methods, through Internet, fax, email or phone.

The Advanced System also provides voting and editing facilities. Our contribution consisted in designing and implementing a server for Joint Editing of Documents, which allows a group of users to create and modify a single document using a regular Web browser. We integrated this server within the advanced version of the Web4Group prototype and successfully demonstrated its ability to manage shared documents. We also contributed to the final report of the Web4Groups project.


  • Roland Alton-Scheidl, Rupert Schmutzer, Peter Paul Sint, and Tscherteu Gernot, editors. Voting, Rating, Annotation -- Web4Groups and other projects: approaches and first experiences, volume 104 of Schriftenreihe der Österreichischen Computer Gesellschaft. Oldenbourg Verlag, Wien, München, 1997.

  • Jakob Hummes, Alain Karsenty, and Bernard Merialdo. Active Annotations in the Word Wide Web. In ECSCW'97 -- Conference Supplement, pages 51-52. Lancaster University, September 1997. Poster session.

  • Jakob Hummes, Alain Karsenty, and Bernard Merialdo. Active Annotations of Web Pages. In Alton-Scheidl et al. [Alton-Scheidl et al., 1997].

  • Alain Karsenty. Easing interaction through user-awareness. In International Conference on Intelligent User Interface, pages 225-228, 1997.

  • Alain Karsenty and Bernard Merialdo. Joint document production server for the world wide web. In Workshop on Groupware Applications over Academic Networks, 1996.