On sharing and synchronizing groupware calendars under android platform
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PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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Sharing a calendar of tasks and events is a cornerstone in collaborative group work. Indeed, the individual work of the members of the group as well as the group work as a whole need the calendar to guide their activity and to meet the deadlines, milestones, deliverables of a project, etc. Additionally the members of the group should be able to work both offline and online, which arises when members of the group use smartphones and can eventually run out of Internet connection from time to time, or simply want to develop some activities locally. In the former case, they should have access to the calendar locally, while in the later case they should access the calendar online, shared by all members of the group. In both cases they should be able to see eventually the same information, namely the local calendars of the members should be synchronized with the group calendar. For the case of smartphones under Android system, one solution could be using the Google calendar, however, that is not easily tailorable to collaborative group work. In this paper we present an analysis, design and implementation of group work calendar that meets several requirements such as 1) sharing among all of members of the group, 2) synchronization among local calendars of members and global group calendar, 3) conflict resolution through a voting system, 4) awareness of changes in the entries (tasks, members, events, etc.) of the calendar and 5) all these requirements under proper privacy, confidentiality and security mechanisms. Moreover, we extend the sharing of calendars among different groups, a situation which often arises in enterprises when different groups need to be aware of other projects' development, or, when some members participate in more than one project at the same time.
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CitationXhafa, F., Palou, D., Caballé , Santi, Barolli, L. On sharing and synchronizing groupware calendars under android platform. A: International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems. "2016 10th International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems, CISIS 2016, Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Fukuoka, Japan 6-8 July 2016: proceedings". Fukuoka: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016, p. 122-129.