17. April 2005

Designing a Distributed Virtual Presence System

AMCIS 2005 - Americas Conference on Information Systems, vom 11.bis 14. August in Omaha, Nebraska (USA) statt. Vortrag "Designing a Distributed Virtual Presence System".


The article describes a research project on virtual presence, which strives to populate the Web. The Web is extended by a new layer that shows users on Web pages while they are present at virtual locations. The document first describes the requirements for a large scale distributed system that fits to the Web. The requirements lead to design decisions which build upon a publicly available messaging infrastructure. The paper presents a feature rich implementation and describes our experience with real users. It finally shows what virtual presence means for virtual communities.

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