Setting up a collaborative environment. Thinking in networks. Designing for network shape, scale, and degree of command vs.consensus. Technological infrastructure. Social infrastructure and community management. (lecture)
Network of Paul Erdős’s co-What kind of collaboration? authors (reduced)
Network of health care lobbyists by degrees of separation fromWhat kind of collaboration? Obama (bottom left) and Bush (top right), 2009
Optimistic? Pessimistic?Participation pyramids: why scale is important.
Case study: EC research proposal• writing a bid for a European Commission research project• a charismatic, hard working leader with a tendency to micromanagement• initially about 10 collaborators, to scale to about 30• collaborators to revise, comment and edit drafts produced by the leaders• a three-month working period
•the core: Google Doc (wiki functionalities, word processor look- and-feel)Solution: Google Docs + •coordination: Google Groups (mailing list, doubles up as a forum) Google Groups •the social arrangement: the leader writes a draft, then he shares. Others can comment, edit, ﬁll in the blanks.
EC research proposal: the outcome• successful collaboration: recognized value added• team building• the scope for collaboration expanded along the way• more comments than edits, unclear permission structure
Case study: peer-to-peer business plans• getting creatives to help each other in developing business plans• scalable community: starts at 0, up to 1000s of participants• labour of love• trust issues between Govt and creatives
social blog network second physical life meetupsSolution: a multichannel environment
Peer-to-peer business plans: the outcome• many cool projects launched• high user satisfaction• 2/3 of interaction is peer-to-peer• emergent uses, lots of alliances• proprietary, rigid platform starts to feel too narrow• Ministry bureaucracy stiﬂing lightweight hiring
Assignment• design a collaborative system for students and faculty of this course to organize course material and produce a shared knowledge base• interpret network shape, scale and command vs. consent of the intended collaboration• choose a tool based on your interpretation