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Collaborative Conferences and Work at a Distance

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Collection Date: December 23, 2008
Scholar #1 Info: (if more than one scholar's process is described, copy this set for each scholar)

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Title:
  • Institution/Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Field of Study/Creative Endeavor:

Collector Info (can be the same as "Scholar" above):

  • Name: Jim Muehelenberg
  • Email:
  • Title:
  • Institution/Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison

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The scope section is provided by the collector, with input from the scholar(s), and attempts to estimate the scope of the group that performs the processes described: How broadly do the practices described in this narrative apply to others in same field, in related fields, etc?

  1. In the opinion of the scholar, who participates in the process the story describes?
    (e.g. "just this scholar", "many people in the scholar's field of inquiry", "all academics", etc.)
  2. What is this process intended to accomplish for the scholar?
  3. Who is the intended audience of the processes described?
  4. Is this the only process the scholar uses to accomplish his/her goals?
  5. What "shared services" would help transform the story into something of more benefit for the scholar or his/her audience?  What process or processes in the story could be automated?

Folks - here is one proposed topic paragraph (sort of long), based on an interview with our interim director of the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison. Call it virtual conferences and/or virtual collaboration:

With the economic situation (and environmental concerns for our carbon footprints), people will have to travel less to professional conferences. What kinds of facilities can Bamboo create or offer to substitute for travel? We need to try to get ahead of the game on this, especially for international conferences. We need to find solutions and models that work. How can you get all the informal aspects of a conference, not only the formal presentations, papers, and Q&A sessions? This can also apply to research work groups - as in her field of 19th century poetry - getting scholars together for workshops, digital or virtual - we need to find out what works here. (Example of MLA discussion groups, but highly interactive.) The emphasis is on collaboration and collaborative research, need specific technologies for different collaborative styles and preferences (workshops, conferences, etc), not a universal, one-size-fits all. Accompanying this should be some way to access all the supporting and resulting content which is the subject and outcome of the collaboration.

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