The original version of this post first appeared on the Trellis blog.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Science of Team Science (SciTS) conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida where I took part in a couple of sessions, and moderated a third. Here I’m going to share some reflections from the first session which focused on collaborative technologies for academic collaborations.
The uses of collaborative tools
The first activity that we used to open the session involved gathering the names of current online tools and grouping them into 5 broad categories. The categories, suggested by workshop co-organiser Ryan Watkins, covered different reasons for using online tools. I’ve listed each below, with my interpretation added alongside:
- Project management and communications – tools that allow users to organize and communicate with one another about their group-based work.
- Sense-making – tools that enable discussion and idea sharing that leads to participants forming or refining their knowledge and beliefs about topics.
- Knowledge sharing – tools that enable the dissemination of information.
- Acquisition of knowledge – tools that enable active searching for information or passively receiving updates about new information.
- Data analysis – tools that enable the sharing and computation of raw data.