Collaboration (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions for Collaboration within Westgrid

What is Collaboration?

The process of working together to accomplish a task. From a WestGrid standpoint, when we talk about collaboration we really mean DISTRIBUTED, SYNCHRONOUS collaboration. The goal of the WestGrid collaboration infrastructure is to support researchers by bringing the right people together, with the right data, at the right time.

What do you mean by Distributed Collaboration?

By Distributed Collaboration, we mean collaborating with colleagues at a distance. WestGrid provides researchers with access to a range of tools to help them work with colleagues at remote institutions, whether across town or around the world.

What do you mean by Synchronous Collaboration?

By Synchronous Collaboration, we mean collaborating with colleagues at the same time. The WestGrid collaboration technologies are targeted at supporting remote research meetings, seminars, and training.

Why do I need collaboration support?

You might not. With that said, if you are working with researchers at other institutions the WestGrid collaboration infrastructure might be able to help you. Our goal is to help you perform your research more effectively by helping you to communicate with remote colleagues more effectively, create more effective distribtued research groups, and helping to build new research relationships.

What collaboration technologies do you support?

We support a number of technologies, including H323 video conferencing, AccessGrid video conferencing, and VRVS collaboration tools. In addition, we support an instant messaging server that uses the Jabber protocol.

How do I find out more about collaboration?

We have an extensive set of web pages that provide details on the technologies we support. Please refer to the Collaboration support web page for more details.
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