Evaluation of Mobile Collaboration: Learning from our Mistakes


Melanie Kellar
Kori M. Inkpen
Dave Dearman
Kirstie Hawkey
Vicki Ha
Joe MacInnes
Bonnie Mackay
Mike Nunes
Karen Parker
Derek Reilly
Malcolm Rodgers
Tara Whalen

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Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2


In this paper, we report on the methodological challenges involved in conducting collaborative mobile computing. We investigated two social navigation studies in which pairs of participants were collaborating together over small, mobile, devices. Both of these studies took place in the field, in outdoor and unstructured environments. We reflect on the difficulties identified in previous literatures in addition to new obstacles we encountered. Collaborative mobile computing in the field presents several methodological challenges by combining the problems of many research areas (ubiquitous and mobile computing, and co-located collaboration). However, this avenue of research has many potential benefits to significantly impact real life.

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Report Date: 
September 13, 2004
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