Title: Support for adaptive collaboration in Professional Virtual Communities based on negotiations of social protocols

Authors: Willy Picard

Addresses: Department of Information Technology, The Poznan University of Economics, ul. Mansfelda 4, 60-854 Poznan, Poland

Abstract: Support for human-to-human interactions over a network is still insufficient, particularly for Professional Virtual Communities (PVCs). Among other limitations, adaptation capabilities of humans are not taken into account in existing models for collaboration processes in PVCs. This paper presents a model for adaptive human collaboration. A key element of this model is the ability to capture social elements involved during the collaboration process. Processes are modelled as social protocols. A second contribution is the proposition of negotiation as a means for adaptation of these protocols.

Keywords: human-to-human collaboration; PVC; professional virtual communities; social protocols; adaptation; negotiation; adaptive collaboration; collaborative networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2009.024606

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2009 Vol.8 No.3, pp.283 - 297

Published online: 10 Apr 2009 *

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