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Implementing the Event Sharing Paradigm: The Multipoint Event Sharing Service (MESS)

Implementing the Event Sharing Paradigm: The Multipoint Event Sharing Service (MESS)
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Author(s): Erik Molenaar (University of Technology Aachen, Germany)and Dirk Trossen (Nokia Research Center Boston, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch187
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Shared collaboration between distributed users gains more importance due to the globalization of organizations and institutions. Beside exchanging audiovisual data, sharing spreadsheets or graphics is of utmost importance, especially in scenarios for tele-working or tele-education. Although the Internet has gained more ground in our daily work, most applications nowadays are not prepared for shared collaboration, and it is expected that this non-awareness of distribution will remain persistent for most of the applications. For that, application sharing technologies have been developed to encounter the problem sharing these kind of applications among a set of distributed users. Two different paradigms to realize application sharing can be distinguished, namely sharing the application’s output or the application’s evolving state. In this paper, the realization of an application sharing service is presented, based on the latter paradigm, which is mostly suited for closed development or teaching scenarios. The requirements for the service as well as its realization are outlined, together with the lessons we learned from this realization.

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