Just one of the patterns from the Patterns of Interaction: a Pattern Language for CSCW

Multiple representations of information

Design For Dependability

Why Useful? Providing multiple representations of information allows for
complex activities to be broken down into more manageable tasks.
Different views provide for supporting different aspects of the activity.
When these are available to a small, collocated group this allows for
different members to work on different parts of the activity
simultaneously and to collaborate in solving more complex tasks. The
redundancy in the information and also the group can be useful in
ensuring the dependability of the system.

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