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Towards a uniform cooperative platform: Cova approach and experience

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Abstract

A cooperative platform called Cova is presented, which aims to uniformly model a wide range of cooperation scenarios and to reduce the groupware design and development work. To achieve these goals, Cova provides two facilities, namely a specification language for developers to describe various cooperation modes uniformly and a run-time system that provides some generalpurposed services guaranteeing the semantics specified. With these facilities, the developers can then concentrate on the application specific functions rather than the control mechanisms. Therefore, the development efficiency is promoted. This paper details the design and implementation issues of the platform including the model and the specification language, platform architecture, transaction management, service integration and so on. Application development with Cova platform is also covered.

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Correspondence to MeiLin Shi.

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This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No.60073011, the National High Technology Research and Development 863 Program of China under Grant No.2001AA113150 and 985 Project (High Speed Network Based CSCW Application and Development Environment) of Tsinghua University.

SHI MeiLin got his B.S. degree in computer science in 1962 from Tsinghua University. His major research interests focus on computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) and computer networks. He is currently a full professor at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University.

JIANG JinLei got his B.S. degree in computer science in 1999 from Tsinghua University, where he is now a Ph.D. candidate. His research interests include computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), workflow management systems (WIMS), advanced transaction processing.

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Shi, M., Jiang, J. Towards a uniform cooperative platform: Cova approach and experience. J. Comput. Sci. & Technol. 18, 495–504 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02948924

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Keywords

  • CSCW
  • Cova
  • transaction model
  • service integration
  • XML