I am working on a paper to discover some new, 'cutting edge' and developing technologies designed to help collaboration in the virtual world (i.e. technologies like communication software that utilizes holograms or avatars to simulate traditional meetings and interactions).
Is anyone familiar with resources that might provide research and background on technologies like this?
Yes I am quite familiar with software such as this. I work for a company called PGi who provides a service called iMeet that provides users with a virtual meeting room for video, web, VoIP, and phone conferencing in one place. Take a look at some of the blogs they produce to learn more about cutting edge collaboration technologies and practices: shift.pgi.com and blog.pgi.com