An experimental study of workflow and collaborative document authoring in medical research

Venkata Nallaparaju, Gitesh K. Raikundalia, Caroline Branch, Christopher Bain, Ana Hutchinson

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Workflow is asynchronous technology widely used in the automation of organisational processes. Workflow provides benefits such as greater efficiency in an organisation, better worker productivity and greater process control. Synchronous collaborative authoring tools are technologies that allow a group of dispersed authors to write a document at the same time. These tools are beneficial in assisting authors to write some proportion, if not all, of a document simultaneously. This paper presents findings from an experiment combining both workflow and collaborative authoring tools in a medical research environment. Studies investigating the combination of these tools are few, resulting in a lack of understanding of how this combination can effectively assist organisations in document-based processes. Overall, the combined workflow/collaborative authoring solution was found effective in the generation of a medical research paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationADCS 2005 - Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Document Computing Symposium
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Document Computing Symposium 2005 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 12 Dec 200512 Dec 2005
Conference number: 10th

Publication series

NameADCS 2005 - Proceedings of the Tenth Australasian Document Computing Symposium


ConferenceAustralasian Document Computing Symposium 2005
Abbreviated titleACDS 2005


  • Collaborative document authoring
  • Experimental study
  • Medical research
  • Workflow

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