Computer Assisted Panel Sessions (CAPS): Review of an Experiment in Accelerated International Teleconferencing

Rauch W & Randolph RH (1978). Computer Assisted Panel Sessions (CAPS): Review of an Experiment in Accelerated International Teleconferencing. IIASA Research Memorandum. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RM-78-049

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Abstract

A complex set of telecommunications links was used to permit eight geographically separated expert panels (in Austria, Poland, USSR and USA) to participate in a Delhi-type exercise conducted in connection with an IIASA workshop on "Systems Assessment of New Technology: International Perspectives". No significant technical difficulties were encountered in creating and using this communication mechanism, but a number of socio-psychological and procedural problems arose, which were serious enough to prevent substantively useful results from being obtained. It seems clear, however, that if such an activity were to focus on questions agreed to be worthwhile, with participants and an agenda structure truly suitable for resolving these questions, then a number of relatively minor organizational and informational adjustments should permit "Computer Assisted Panel Sessions" to become a useful tool for international scientific cooperation.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Memorandum)
Research Programs: Management and Technology Area (MMT)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:45
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2016 19:35
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/948

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