The Digital Library Federation (a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources) has their conference (forum) in Denver this November, 2012.
“The Forum is a working meeting where the DLF Community, and those interested in joining, come together to do better work through sharing and collaboration. It provides an opportunity for practitioners to share experiences and practices and to support a broad level of information-sharing. Participation is open to all those interested in playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums, and archives services and collections.”
Go ahead and register for the conference. Here is the schedule.
Howard Rheingold has been writing about the impact of the Internet and other types of social networks on society for over 30 years. Earlier this year, he finished his most recent book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.
The introduction (PDF) notes what the intended audience is, and why he wrote the book. Concerning collaboration, the most relevant section is Chapter Four, in which the discussion:
Moves from the personal and interpersonal to the cybersocial. The know-how at the core of this literacy is about the magic of several different flavors of collaboration made possible by networked media. The realms of collaboration are broad and deep, so this chapter offers both a high-altitude map of the territory of online collaboration and close-up conversations with the people who have created famously successful collaborative enterprises.
While I personally find that he uses the term “crap detection” a little too often for my tastes, I suppose it is a good way to get the point across to your average undergraduate student.
Clay Shirky recently spoke at TEDGlobal 2012. The video is not available yet, but they blogged about some of his session.
“When a lot of ideas come into circulation, it changes society,” Shirky says. “When there are more ideas in circulation, there are more ideas for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more argument. That’s what happens when media space expands.” The Internet is following the pattern, certainly providing us with another space for more argument. He shows a screenshot of some online “discussion” involving the phrase “maggot bastard,” a new one to me. (“YouTube is just a goldmine,” he says.)
“I study social media,” says Shirky, explaining, “I watch people argue.” Now he wants to introduce us to the group of people who represent to him the arguers we should watch most carefully: open-source programmers.
The ALIA Conference will be taking place in Sydney later this month. It looks like they have already posted some of the papers that will be presented at the conference. I see three sessions concerning collaboration and libraries, and two of them are available online (as far as I can find.)
“iPads: outreach, collaboration, and innovation in academic libraries” (PDF) by Freya Bruce, Vicki Bourbous, Maria El-Chami, John Eliot, and Sarah Howard, Australian Catholic University
“Ecosciences precinct library – collaboration of spaces & people” (PDF) by Helen Macpherson, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Anne Tobin, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management
“International Collaboration to put Evidence into Practice” by Lisa Kruesi, University of Queensland Library, Suzanne Lewis, Central Coast Local Health District, and Connie Schardt, Duke University
Here is the full program as a PDF document.
MIT and Harvard announce edX. This is “a transformational new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.”
The blurb on the Hypothes.is website says:
It will enable sentence-level critique of written words combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use model of community peer-review. It will work as an overlay on top of any stable content, including news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more-without requiring participation of the underlying site.
It is based on a new draft standard for annotating digital documents currently being developed by the Open Annotation Collaboration, a consortium that includes the Internet Archive, NISO (National Information Standards Organization), O’Reilly Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a number of academic institutions.
They noted a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a workshop on February 22-24 in San Francisco and a Fellows program, so they must be on to something.
Coliibri is build from 100% community-sourced content, allowing authors to rally around creating unique works in a fun, collaborative atmosphere. Coliibri removes many of the traditional boundaries that limit innovation. You can collaborate on any idea with virtually anyone in the world.
Video for more info: https://www.coliibri.com/projects/coliibri-tutorial-video-v2
Kristine Fowler from the U. of Minnesota wrote “Mathematicians’ Views on Current Publishing Issues: A Survey of Researchers” for the journal, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Within the article, she noted:
Research Collaboration Tools and Methods
E-mail and face-to-face meetings are by far the most popular communication mechanisms for research collaborations, used usually/always by 89% and 68% of respondents, respectively. Use of telephone/Internet phone is the most variable, with roughly a third using it usually/always and a third using it rarely/never. None of the other collaboration methods given, ranging from posted letters to wikis, are frequently used by more than a few; in fact, 68-77% use them rarely or never.
The Humanities High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HpC) is a summer institute Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Humanities High Performance Computing for graduate students and faculty who are conducting scholarship in the digital humanities. HpC offers two five-day workshops, one with the University of Illinois’ Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS), and the other at the University of South Carolina’s Center for Digital Humanities (CDH). Attendees will 1) receive a comprehensive education in four computational concentrations: computer vision, augmented reality, game design, and mobile app development; 2) receive instruction in digital humanities project design and management; 3) obtain hands on experience with a variety of technical platforms; 4) work with technical staff to outline pilot explorations in at least one area of computational concentrations; and 5) join a year long virtual community where scholars will support their peers in authoring digital humanities projects.
The first workshop will take place in Champaign, IL on June 10-14. The second will take place in Columbia, SC on August 5-9. There will be a two-day concluding conference to be hosted by CDH August 25-26. From June 10 2011 to June 10 2012, participants will be linked by an online collaboratory where they can discuss, plan, and develop new projects in the digital humanities.
Because the goal of HpC is to familiarize scholars in the humanities with the crucial technologies and methods of advanced computing, applicants need not have any technical background or expertise.
Please send a letter of interest that outlines your current technical and intellectual investment in digital humanities and C.V. to Michael Simeone, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your application before January 15th, 2012. HpC will select a total of 25 applicants for participation in the institute.
Ali Gazni, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, and Fereshteh Didegah wrote “Mapping world scientific collaboration: Authors, institutions, and countries” for JASIS&T. (Subscription required to download the full text.)
Abstract – International collaboration is being heralded as the hallmark of contemporary scientific production. Yet little quantitative evidence has portrayed the landscape and trends of such collaboration. To this end, 14,000,000 documents indexed in Thomson Reuters’s Web of Science (WoS) were studied to provide a state-of-the-art description of scientific collaborations across the world. The results indicate that the number of authors in the largest research teams have not significantly grown during the past decade; however, the number of smaller research teams has seen significant increases in growth. In terms of composition, the largest teams have become more diverse than the latter teams and tend more toward interinstitutional and international collaboration. Investigating the size of teams showed large variation between fields. Mapping scientific cooperation at the country level reveals that Western countries situated at the core of the map are extensively cooperating with each other. High-impact institutions are significantly more collaborative than others. This work should inform policy makers, administrators, and those interested in the progression of scientific collaboration.