GDriveMonitor: A Tool for Analysing Information Sharing in Virtual Engineering Design Teams Using the Google Drive API

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Cornelius Illi, Franziska Hager, Matthias Uflacker
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development
Page(s): 233-242
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


Prior applications to monitor and analyse the information sharing behaviour of virtual team environments are often based on proprietary Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) technology that does not find its way into the working routine of the modern cloud workers . To not limit research to artificial setups, we present GDriveMonitor a research tool build on top of Google Drive - one of the most used file storage services at the time of writing. As prior work on customisable service platforms, did not satisfy the requirements for analysis and evaluation within Google Drive , the necessity for a new tool was given. Possibilities and limitations are presented and discussed, as well as its application within a global engineering design course.

Keywords: Virtual teams, information sharing, engineering design, computer-supported cooperative work


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