Collaborative Business Process Modeling Using 3D Virtual Environments

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Provided by: Queensland Treasury Corporation
Topic: Collaboration
Format: PDF
Process modeling is a complex organizational task that requires many iterations and communication between the business analysts and the domain specialists involved in the process modeling. The challenge of process modeling is exacerbated, when the process of modeling has to be performed in a cross-organizational, distributed environment. Some systems have been developed to support collaborative process modeling, all of which use traditional 2D interfaces. The authors present an environment for collaborative process modeling, using 3D virtual environment technology. They make use of avatar instantiations of user ego centers, to allow for the spatial embodiment of the user with reference to the process model. They describe an innovative prototype collaborative process modeling approach, implemented as a modeling environment in Second Life.
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