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Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference, 2004. COMPSAC 2004. (2004)
Hong Kong
Sept. 28, 2004 to Sept. 30, 2004
ISSN: 0730-3157
ISBN: 0-7695-2209-2
pp: 376-383
Jia Zhang , Northern Illinois University
Carl K. Chang , Iowa State University
Jeff Voas , Cigital
ABSTRACT
Formal Electronic Conferences (FEC) refers to online meetings for a geographically distributed group of people that are regulated by a rigorous set of rules. FEC technologies enable organizations to replace face-to-face business meetings with trustworthy virtual online meetings. In this paper we present a Robert?s Rules of Order (RRO)-compatible, motion-driven discussion-thread-centered meta-model, which is capable of uniformly modeling formal electronic conference activities. A tailored computerized mechanism, the Collaboration Description Language (CODL) and its runtime environment, is also developed to formalize the model. The CODL virtual machine adds a layer of encapsulation that decouples FEC applications from underlying platforms; therefore, the development of FEC applications will become more reliable, efficient, and secure. Our preliminary experience with this meta-model is also reported.
INDEX TERMS
Formal electronic conferences, Robert?s Rules of Order, uniformity, meta-model
CITATION

C. K. Chang, J. Voas and J. Zhang, "A Uniform Meta-Model for Mediating Formal Electronic Conferences," Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference, 2004. COMPSAC 2004.(COMPSAC), Hong Kong, 2004, pp. 376-383.
doi:10.1109/CMPSAC.2004.1342861
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