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The potential for collaboration takes place at many points in the research lifecycle. Scholars can work together to gather materials, analyze the source materials, develop a model, etc. Critique and review are a form of collaboration that takes place after the research has taken shape - pre-publication, as part of the publication process, or after publication. One could argue that even the act of sharing the completed product of research for others to build upon is a form of collaboration.




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Quinn Dombrowski

University of Chicago

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Quinn Dombrowski


Scholars working on similar problems may share with one another the resources they come across through serendipity.

Quinn Dombrowski


Using social bookmarking tools, scholars can view the result of each other's gathering.

Quinn Dombrowski

Translation, Remediation, Manipulation

Scholars with different skills can work together to put the material in a form useful for all of them. Someone with a knowledge of a foreign language can provide a linguistic translation, while someone with a knowledge of TEI can take on text encoding.

Quinn Dombrowski

Model and Visualize

When collaborating on a project, scholars from different institutions can connect technical staff with expertise in different areas to produce something that neither institution would have the resources to do alone.

Quinn Dombrowski

Share (from Informal to Publication)

Sharing is an integral part of collaboration.

Quinn Dombrowski

Use of Social Media

Scholars are increasingly turning to social networking tools to connect and collaborate with others.

Alex Chapin


Integral to collaboration is being able to define and grant roles for potential collaborators.

How this collection relates to Project Bamboo's future direction


Relation to PB Future Direction

Quinn Dombrowski

A Bamboo scholarly social networking tool could help facilitate collaboration in the Humanities.

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Wikipedia is an example of (semi-)anonymous collaboration revolving around Sharing information one has Gathered and Translated into a form compatible with the nature and goals of the site (i.e. encyclopedia article standards and stylistics.) (Quinn Dombrowski)

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  1. Unknown User (achapin)

    Not sure it makes sense to have a "Collaborate" theme and a "Collaboration (collection)" theme collection, seems a bit redundant...  It does seem like many of the themes in this collection also involve sharing and publication and that it might be worthwhile to disambiguate the concepts of collaborating, sharing and publishing. 

    Clearly sharing and publishing are closely related, even more so with information networks.  It might be more fruitful to think of the "Share (from Informal to Publication)" theme as a "publication continuum" (a term Jim Muehlenberg used at one point to elucidate that theme).  In information networks, it is possible to "publish" material to a limited access repository or share it with the public.

    While sharing/publishing material is necessary for collaboration to occur, not everyone who has access to the shared/published material is a collaborator.  As well, derivative works are not necessarily collaborative.  Rather it seems collaboration is the process of two or more scholars "integrating their efforts" into a single product...