Greetings. This WikiWiki is a collaborative space where we hope to collect bits and pieces of the legacy of the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES) and The Computerized Conferencing and Communications (CCCC) and Emerging Technologies Centers at NJIT.
Before there was a public Internet (1975) we designed and developed electronic communications and in 1977 we began networking scientists worldwide with email, chat and discussion groups. We started Groupware and user programming with dozens of special group interfaces written in the Interact interface language we developed. We performed controlled experiments to learn how to structure group communications to develop a CollectiveIntelligence and pioneered the VirtualClassroom, group decision support, inquiry networking, active text, and work flow. We served a "family" of thousands of users including researchers, futurists, authors, librarians and corporate executives for two decades.
We had funding from NSF, IBM, NJCST, Annenburg, AT&T, and ...
It has been a couple of years since Al and JimScarver retired to run their own business, closing the centers, but they are still doing web based services for distance learning, continuing professional education, Media Services, and other areas of NJIT.
Murray and Roxanne the founders and our mentors are distinguished professors at NJIT. Jerry Fjermestad (CooperativeSystemsLab) and Michael Bieber (CollaborativeHypermediaLab) are also at NJIT continuing Collaborative Systems Research there. Kevin, Rob and El still work at NJIT. Remember when very few in computer science believed us that email or group applications would ever be worth while? Guess we have the last laugh now.
At NJIT we started designing GroupWare in 1975, when Murray Turoff met with faculty and staff to review his proposed Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES, I think it was EIE or something originally). His project was funded by NSF and in 1977 we brought on our first 20 groups. Many of the groups needed custom software for decision support, inquiry networking and other applications. We made EIES user programmable, some groups developed their own groupware. We also made groupware to automate a series of controlled experiments continuing through 1997 and still going on in dissertation works at NJIT. Many of us contributed to the 1979 seminal work, non-fiction of the year, "The Network Nation" which is now in it's 3rd or 4th printing.
We were flabbergasted that when the book GroupWare came out and we were not credited.
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Greetings guys - Gordon Cook here
- Murray gave me my EIES ID on June 23 1981.
I was doing some freelancing for the notoious John G Wilson who wanted to use EIES as a vehicle for a venture capital investment club. Wilson told me his checkered history and said don't tell Murray. I told Murray anyway. Learned enough computing from my EIES access to get a job as a tech writer in june 1984. Worked for CSC on EIES 2. Then at the von Neuman supercomputer center, then at US Congress office of technology assessment, and since march of 1992 self employed at the COOK Report on Internet
See CollectiveIntelligence for a synthesis of findings.
See EIES History.
More EIES Links:
- Electronic Global University System and Services
- Franklin Furnace
- Virtual Community
- Article written by an EIES User
Murray's history is here.