The "Father of Groupware"

the first computer mouse in context - circa 1964
Computer-supported meeting - circa 1967

Doug Engelbart has been affectionately referred to as the "Father of Groupware" for his pioneering work in computer supported collaborative work. Beginning in 1951 with visions of people working together on complex, urgent problems augmented by interactive computers, he pioneered in the 1960s and '70s an integrated system called NLS which included computer-supported meetings and teleconferencing, shared files, author-id time stamps on every line of sourcecode and every paragraph in the documentation, digital libraries, hyper-email, and online communities. You can see most of these features demonstrated in his 1968 "Mother of All Demos." In 1969 Engelbart founded the Network Information Center to support the first networked online community (see Engelbart's Role in Early Computer Networking.

For complete details and descriptions see:

The History of Groupware

This clipping is taken from the book "Working Apart Together," by G. Henri ter Hofte, 1998.

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From Doug's Lab

From the Press