CPSC 689/602--Spring 1997
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Paper Report

Title: The Media Space: A Research Project into the Use of Video as a Design Medium (Excerpts)
Authors: Steve Harrison and Scott Minneman
Citation: Harrison, S. and Minneman, S. (1990). The Media Space: A Research Project into the Use of Video as a Design Medium. Proceedings of the Conference on Participatory Design, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Seattle, WA., March 31-April 1 1990, pp. 43-58.
Reprinted in: Readings in Groupware and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: Assisting Human-Human Collaboration by Ronald M. Baecker on pp. 785-791

This paper contains excerpts from a larger paper discussing integrating audio and especially video into the design process. From the excerpts presented, it appears that no robust test was done of the ideas. A couple of different test tasks were undertaken. One involved three architects designing a building for a client. The architects enjoyed being able to collaborate while being able to work at theit own drafting tables. They also used video generated during their design collaborations to construct the presentation for the client.

The second task was an attempt to simulate the collaboration of several branchs of a manufacturing firm. This seemed to work well also, and succeeded in capturing the rational for decisions which was one of the goals of the work. It was also found that video generated a sense of recognition through image that helped cohession.

The main point that did not seem to be addressed was the indexing of all the video that would be generated over the course of a real design project. This would seem to be the one weakness of this approach. This oversite could easily have been due to the small scale of the test projects.

Report prepared by: Tom McCollum, Email: tommc@cs.tamu.edu
Discussion date: 4/2/97            Report date: 4/4/97