The Special Interest Group on Collaborative Computing (SIGCE) was formed at the 1998 ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. The mission of SIGCE has been to promote collaboration and communication among researchers working in the area of collaborative editing and specifically on a technique known as Operational Transformation (OT).

More than a decade has passed since the inception of SIGCE in 1998. During this period, SIGCE has organized annual workshops on collaborative editing in conjunction with major CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) conferences. Research papers on CE and OT have been published extensively in major ACM and IEEE conferences and journals, including ACM CSCW, GROUP, ECSCW, ACM Transaction on Human Computer Interaction, Journal of CSCW, IEEE Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems. OT has evolved, from a technique for concurrency control in real-time group text editing, to include new capabilities, such as group undo, locking, conflict resolution, operation notification and compression, group awareness, HTML/XML and tree-structured document editing, application-sharing, and transparent adaptation. The range of collaborative editing systems enabled by OT has also been expanded from one-dimensional plain-text collaborative editors, to two-dimensional collaborative office productivity tools, three-dimensional collaborative computer-aided media design tools, as well as to mobile and p2p collaboration. Recently, Google has adopted OT as a core technique behind the collaboration features in Google Wave, taking OT to a new range of web-based applications and sparking a wave of industry interest in OT.

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"Real-time collaborative editors allow a group of users to view and edit the same text/graphic/image/multimedia document at the same time from geographically dispersed sites connected by communication networks, such as the Internet. These types of groupware systems are not only very useful tools in the areas of CSCW, but also serve excellent vehicles for exploring a range of fundamental and challenging issues facing the designers of real-time groupware systems in general.

Research on real-time group editors in the past decade has invented an innovative technique for consistency maintenance, under the name of operational transformation. A number of research groups in the world have contributed to the development of the operational transformation technique in their design and implementation of these types of systems. Despite the great deal of interests and actitivities in this area, research in the past has been conducted in a rather isolated fashion, with little communication or collaboration among different groups. At the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Seattle, USA, Nov. 1998, a group of active researchers in this area met and decided to form a Special Interest Group on Collaborative Editing (SIGCE) to promote communication and collaboration in this research area. This Web site has been set up to link existing SIGCE members sites together and to provide a repository of useful information."

— from The original SIGCE web site