Collaborate
The Screen Porch Newsletter on Caucus and social computing
Issue #1
February 1998
Happy New Year to you—the Caucus community and friends of Screen Porch. 1998 will be an important year for social computing, and we all have something to contribute.

—Tom Mandel


Stories

1. Caucus 4.0—it'll be here soon
2. Success Stories—Creating the Future with Caucus
3. Tech Tips—understanding and managing Caucus userlists
4. Website Redesign—more information, easier to find
5. Take Caucus for a Test Drive
6. Keeping Your Maintenance Contract Up-To-Date

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Announcing Knowledge Ecology Fair 98

Knowledge Ecology Fair 98 showcases companies creating shared work environments on the net. Participants from Intel, Hughes Space & Communication, Sun Microsystems and Skandia will report on experiences in knowledge ecology, the creation of Web communities among employees to develop, share and harvest best practices. This virtual Fair is produced by Metasystems Design Group and Community Intelligence Labs (CoIL).

"This unique web event will give executives first-hand experience of a collaborative on-line culture," comments George Por, founder of CoIL. The month-long on-line conference started February 2. It features keynotes from leading thinkers and authors, teleworkshops, and informal conversations among experts and participants. Full information on the Fair and participating companies can be found at http://www.co-i-l.com/kefair.

The Knowledge Ecology Fair is powered by Caucus!


1. Caucus 4.0—The most powerful & flexible Caucus yet

Caucus 4.0 is coming soon. Expect a host of enhancements and a new look. You'll see a new browser-based module for managing Caucus and organizing and administering conference workspaces. CML is still the most powerful Web-based language for building collaborative spaces online, and now it includes easy ways for you to integrate all kinds of knowledge resources into your Caucus conference workspaces. Your users will enjoy the new Caucus Notebook, where they can manage and organize knowledge created in Caucus. Stay tuned for more information and an announcement of the release date.

Note: special Caucus pricing is available before March 1998. Contact [email protected] for more info.


2. Success Stories—Creating the Future with Caucus

Look for case studies and success stories in upcoming issues of Collaborate!—you will read about government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and major educational institutions where Caucus is making a difference and helping you and people like you work together to create the future. If you've got a success story to share, please email our [email protected]


3. Tech Tips—understanding and managing Caucus userlists

Caucus gives you powerful tools to manage the userlist for a conference space quickly and with a fine level of control. Lets say you are creating a conference to plan your annual offsite marketing meeting in Tahiti and want to include marketing, but exclude the strategy group within marketing. Still, you *do* want Mary Walton (mwalton), of the strategy group, to participate. Here's how to build the userlist:

  :include
  <marketing
  :exclude
  <strategy
  :include
  mwalton
("<" indicates a Caucus group) With this power comes the need to think carefully to get the result you want. For example:

  :include
  <marketing
  mwalton
  :exclude
  <strategy
won't include Mary Walton. Caucus includes her by name, but then excludes her as a member of Strategy! Some thought and planning is required.


4. Website Redesign—more information, easier to find

Major changes are coming to our web site, including a new design and public conferences. There'll also be a conference space devoted to issues of social computing and online collaboration. We'll invite speakers to join these conferences and discuss their activities and applications. Of course, we will continue to invite all to join our demonstration conference and try out Caucus.


5. Take Caucus for a Test Drive

If you are starting to feel the urgency to support virtual teams, enable communities of practice, or create learning environments online, there is no better time than now to download a trial version of Caucus and find out what all the excitement is about. The trial version is a fully-functional, easy-to-install copy of Caucus. The only difference between trial and purchased versions is that the trial version times out in thirty days.


6. Keeping Your Maintenance Contract Up-To-Date

A current maintenance contract will ensure that you receive the new version of Caucus at no additional charge. Please contact [email protected] or call directly at 760-751-2142 if you have any questions or need information about the status of your maintenance contract. When you need support under your Caucus maintenance contract, please have one of the two technical contacts you designated contact our support department directly by email or phone. We're looking forward to helping you.

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