Design and use of Interactive Web Applications

DIWA is a research program supported by the Danish Research Council's Program on Information Technology. The participants in DIWA is a group of 15 Danish researchers from Roskilde University, Copenhagen University, The Danish Technical University, and The IT University of Copenhagen in cooperation with 6 companies. DIWA started by September 1999 and will end in December 2003.

The theme of the DIWA program is design, management and use of interactive Web-applications in distributed work settings. We are interested in the Web technology as an IT platform for collaborative, distributed work, inside an organization (intranet) or between organizations (extranet). The program is based on the assumption that development of such interactive Web-applications introduce new managerial and technical challenges that most organizations and their IT departments have difficulties coping with.

The goal of the program is to examine how Web-technology – as a networked, distributed computing platform – will change IS development and use as well as to develop conceptual frameworks and guidelines to support the practice of designing and managing Web-based information systems.

More specifically, the program has four objectives:

  1. To examine how the scope, content, and organization of IS development processes change when information services become ubiquitos and software development coalesce with media design;
  2. To analyze the implications for the division of labor, skills, and knowledge in IS development;
  3. To identify key organizational and technical factors that facilitate or impede successful implementation of interactive WIS; and
  4. To develop concepts, methods and tools to guide both the development of interactive WIS and the development of new, distributed and networked, organizational forms.

The program comprises empirical studies of Web-based information in organizations as well as development of transdisciplinary theoretical frameworks to guide research and practice.

Last Update: September 1999. WebMaster: Jesper Simonsen