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A few years ago, colleagues and I had an NSF grant to explore "distributed
knowledge". We were particularly interested in how knowledge was co-created,
at a distance, across disciplines, and through computer media. Although we did
not come out with specific examples of technology-innovation 'fit' we came out
with much more on the socio-technical balance in such endeavors.
Other members of the research team whose work will be relevant include
Geoffrey Bowker, Joe Porac, Jim Wade, Chip Bruce, Nick Burbules and Karen
Lunsford. For work on similar lines see research by Christine Hine, Diana
Rhoten, and others involved in 'e-science', and particularly people who have
written on 'collaboratories' such as Gary Olsen.
Below are a few of the papers our NSF group produced that I was involved with.
Others from this group named above have also published on this as well.
Kanfer, A., Haythornthwaite, C., Bowker, G.C., Bruce, B.C., Burbules, N., Porac, J.,
& Wade, J. (2000). Modeling distributed knowledge processes in next generation
multidisciplinary alliances. Information Systems Frontiers, 2(3/4), 317-331.
Haythornthwaite, C., Lunsford, K.J., Bowker, G. C., & Bruce, B. (2006). Challenges
for research and practice in distributed, interdisciplinary, collaboration. In C.
Hine (Ed.), New Infrastructures for Science Knowledge Production (pp. 143-166).
Hershey, PA: Idea Group.
Haythornthwaite, C., Lunsford, K.J., Kazmer, M.M., Robins, J. & Nazarova, M.
(January, 2003). The generative dance in pursuit of generative knowledge.
Proceedings of the 36th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society.
Haythornthwaite, C. (2006). Learning and knowledge exchanges in
interdisciplinary collaborations. Journal of the American Society for Information
Science and Technology, 57(8), 1079-1092.
Haythornthwaite, C. (2006). Articulating divides in distributed knowledge
practice. Information, Communication & Society, 9(6), 761-780.
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>Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:05:23 +0200
>From: Oriol Miralbell <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Can the use of new and emerging collaborative technologies add
value in co-creation and lead to innovation?
>To: [log in to unmask]
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>Hello,I'm working on a similar project where SNS and other Social Network
>tools on the Internet (like e-leanring platforms) are used to create
>knowledge and learn. I've found good theoretical resources in Monge and
>Contractor's book Theory of Communication
>many more in Barry Wellman's
>Concerning Knowledge, could be useful the theorie of Connectivism and
>connected knowledge <http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wiki/Connectivism> by
>Siemens and Steven Nodes.l
>I've found in these sources many insights to be used in an empyrical study
>that I'd like to do about one og the most interconnected industry like
>tourism, butu with less internal communication between professionals and
>companies. The cluster model doesent fit exactly in this industry as it does
>I plan tu use SNA (Scott, Hanneman, etc.) and a survey to test how efficient
>these web 2.0 social dicital networks work.
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>2008/9/11 Justin Kirby <[log in to unmask]>
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>> Given all the hype around crowdsourcing, co-creation, wikinomics, open
>> innovation, etc., just wondered if anyone was aware of any really good
>> examples of where collaboration has led to successful innovation, and did
>> these make use of particular tools/technology to support the collaboration?
>> The question may not be directly relevant to the network science and social
>> network analysis audience here, but I understand that at least some of you
>> look at the structures by which knowledge/information transfers through
>> networks and organisations. The link between this and collaborative
>> approaches maybe tenuous, but as far as this initial scoping research
>> project (see below) is concerned it would be fascinating for us to get
>> feedback from this community, because we are looking for more structured
>> scientific insight than what's currently being evangelicised in the Web 2.0
>> Justin Kirby
>> co-author, Connected Marketing
>> Project background and purpose
>> We are carrying out a piece of scoping research for NESTA Connect (The
>> National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts) to develop
>> of how the use of new and emerging collaborative technologies can add
>> in co-creation and lead to innovations
>> Traditionally, the search for new ideas has tended to happen 'behind closed
>> doors', in research labs and design departments, all carefully protected by
>> intellectual property rights. But this is rapidly changing. Today,
>> innovation is far less controlled and predictable. A good idea can come from
>> (literally) anywhere.
>> This greater fluidity is hugely positive for innovation. NESTA are
>> developing a range of programmes that encourage people to connect across
>> organisations, places and disciplines. They believe that putting people and
>> organisations together in unusual combinations sparks new ideas and new
>> perspectives on old problems.
>> It is our view that there is no shortage of "new perspectives on old
>> problems" within the co-creationist space. What seems to be lacking is any
>> real analysis of how new technologies address the challenges inherent of
>> participation and collaboration, many of which relate to aspects of human
>> behaviour and/or organisational structures – just because you are using a
>> new technology doesn't mean these challenges disappear. Advances in
>> technology, and the success of the Open Source development methodology
>> has led to these advances, may provide a solution to these inherent
>> problems, but so also may other "new ideas and new perspectives" that
>> rely on technology.
>> The question we want to address is: can we find a structured way to assess
>> and/or enhance the likely effectiveness of collaborative work assisted by
>> technology by looking first at some of these inherent barriers to
>> participation and collaboration from those sectors and disciplines which
>> have been discussing, using and evaluating them for over 30 years – rather
>> than those who coming to them for the first time because of the
>> opportunities "Web 2.0" presents – and the hype encouraging its use. As
>> they say "those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it"…
>> Preliminary scoping - initial questions
>> 1. In your experience of collaboration, are there particular models of
>> good practice which you have experience of or can refer us to?
>> 2. Are you aware of any really good examples of where collaboration has led
>> to successful innovation?
>> 3. Of these, did any of these make use of particular tools/technology to
>> support the collaboration?
>> 4. In our consideration of tools, collaboration and innovation, can you
>> identify any:
>> - people you think it would be useful for us to contact?
>> - papers published which would be useful?
>> 5. Would you be interested in being involved further in this project in
>> any way? (eg be interviewed by our researcher)
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