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asynchronous groupware

software used to help people to work in groups, but not requiring those people to be working together at the same time. (asynchronous = not coordinating at a single point in time).

Examples include:

  • electronic mail
  • the routing of forms through an office (“workflow”)
  • collaborative hypertext systems (such as the web)
  • file-sharing systems that allow different people to edit the same file at different times
  • version-control systems, often used in software engineering to coordinate changes made by multiple programmers to the same program
  • document annotation, such as the markup used for editing and proofreading
  • collaborative writing systems