The more obvious collaborative technologies include the familiar telephone, letters (remember them?), and so on. The development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their increased use within the scholarly community rely on the Internet and the Web. The Internet enables both text and visual communications between individuals and groups of people. Using a variety of equipment (e.g. a PC, Laptop or PDA), individuals can collaborate with colleagues either asynchronously or synchronously.
The Access Grid is a form of Collaborative Technology that uses synchronous communications: participants need to be using the technology at the SAME time (but NOT in the same place!). However, it is possile to record Access Grid sessions using a recorder based at the Access Grid Support Centre.