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Collaborative Writing

  1. 1. Scientific and Technical Writing Program Nano Science & Technology Consortium http//www.nstc.in
  2. 2. Collaborative Writing
  3. 3. Collaborative Writing Defined <ul><li>Projects where written works are created by multiple people together ( collaboratively ) rather than individually </li></ul><ul><li>- From Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>A significant portion of technical writing is Collaborative Writing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Benefits <ul><li>Collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of skills impossible to find in a single individual. </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction among members of a writing group stimulates creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction stimulates scientific insight. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pitfalls <ul><li>Problem of scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Communication problem </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicting opinions </li></ul><ul><li>As a result of unprofessionalism on the part of a member the work may suffer. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Steps for Efficient Collaborative Writing <ul><li>List research and writing tasks for project completion. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine tasks dependent on completion of other tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a realistic schedule to complete the document. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign tasks to individual members of the group. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a style guide to ensure a consistent format and style. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine procedures and responsibilities for the document's production and final electronic form. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Steps for Efficient Collaborative Writing (contd.) <ul><li>Assign individual responsibilities in following and any other areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Document production. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency and accuracy in style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establish procedures to review each other's sections. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop procedures to resolve possible conflicts. </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li>Gerson, S. J., & Gerson, S. M. (2006). Technical writing: Process and product (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. </li></ul><ul><li>http://wikipedia . org </li></ul>
  9. 9. Contact Information <ul><li>Program Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific and Technical Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Nano Science and Technology Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>C-56 A/28, Sector-62, Noida, U.P -201301 </li></ul><ul><li>Mob. No. 09958161117 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail : tech.writing@nstc.in </li></ul><ul><li>Website : http://www.nstc.in </li></ul><ul><li>Helpline No. 0120-4330376 , 09818206463 </li></ul>

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