seismic activity

seismic activity

DocuViz: Visualizing Collaborative Writing

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DocuViz: Visualizing Collaborative Writing Dakuo Wang, Judith S. Olson, Jingwen Zhang, Trung Nguyen, Gary M. Olson Abstract: Collaborative writing is on the increase. In order to write well together, authors often need to be aware of who has done what recently. We offer a new tool, DocuViz, that displays the entire revision history of Google Docs, showing more than the one-step-at–a-time view now shown in revision history and tracking changes in Word. We introduce the tool and present cases in which the tool has the potential to be useful: To authors themselves to see recent “seismic activity,” indicating where in particular a co-author might want to pay attention, to instructors to see who has contributed what and which changes were made to comments from them, and to researchers interested in the new patterns of collaboration made possible by simultaneous editing capabilities. ACM DL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2702517 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702517