Collaborative Sensemaking

We studied co-located collaborative sensemaking on a large, high-resolution display and investigated the sensemaking strategies adopted, territorial behavior, and large display usage. The analysis was completed on a small dataset of 50 text-only documents, allowing the participants the ability to read all documents and synthesize their knowledge into a hypothesis within a two-hour time frame.

The preliminary results of this study were presented at INTERACT '11 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Further analysis of the study revealed that participant teams that adopted a fully shared workspace collaborated more closely and produced a higher quality of analysis than participants that segregated their workspace into individual and shared territories.

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