The Virtual Office

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  • 1 Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124.

Many careers involve working at multiple locations with unpredictable daily schedules. Professionals may have several locations from which they conduct business. Electronic mail (e-mail) and other features of the Internet have facillitated the evolution of the virtual office, which gives the appearance of a single point of contact with mobile, busy people. E-mail is the most obvious use of the Internet. E-mail groups allow for effective discussions with people of similar interests and the exchange of hard-to-acess expert information. Websites and e-mail groups allow rapid dissemination and discussion of multimedia information. The Vegetable Research and Information Center is an example of how to extend the virtual office concept to the departmental level, allowing spatially scattered researchers, extension workers, and their clientele to work together and exchange information.

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