Issue No.05 - Sept.-Oct. (2013 vol.17)
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
Geetika T. Lakshmanan , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Rania Khalaf , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Schahram Dustdar , Vienna University of Technology
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2013.94
The Internet's growth, and the proliferation of online collaboration tools and platforms and the federated systems that support them, have enabled ad hoc processes in which people interact in a dynamic collective way. Such activities are characterized by their flexibility and data-driven nature, which makes them more difficult to analyze and support than traditionally rigid processes. Systems that handle dynamic collective work activities must address three main challenges: finding patterns in ad hoc execution behavior, handling concurrent users and concurrently executing tasks, and providing operational support. This special issue provides a snapshot of ongoing work in this area that addresses these challenges.
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