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Communicative Practices in Virtual Workspaces is a research group run by professor Mark Zachry within the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. Our focus is investigating emergent uses of digital technologies to coordinate work activities.


The group is concerned with developing knowledge about novel applications and integration of such technologies in the work of organizations—whether they are formal or ad hoc social networks. Adopting and extending ideas from technical communication, human-computer interaction, and related fields, we use varied methods to explore communicative practices in virtual workspaces.