On Monday, I will give another version of the talk “From Inspiration to Activation: Making Online Collaborative Communities Work” that I gave at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, this time at the National Research Council Canada Institute for Information Technology in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It’s good to have another opportunity to present and get quality feedback on these ideas that have been keeping me busy for such a long time.
Inspiration is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for collaborative communities to work. Such communities often make use of complex Internet-based tool systems. In these systems, work gets distributed over many tools, often leading to the fragmentation of communicative acts. To address this problem, explicit attention needs to be paid to community activation. We outline a conceptual model of online collaborative communities. We introduce the use of collaboration patterns for defining socio-technical design solutions for activation problems. We illustrate the approach by discussing the results from a digital class experiment. Applications ranging from e-government to scientific collaborations are discussed.
The talk will webcast live: Mon March 23, 10:30 am – noon Atlantic Daylight Time:
Distant participants should be able to ask questions via chat.
(The archived version of my talk is available at: https://iitconnect01.iit.nrc.ca/p14825022/)
Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems
ISBN: 978-1-60566-264-0; 1,034 pp; March 2009
Published under the imprint Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference)
Edited by: Brian Whitworth, Massey University, New Zealand and Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, The Netherlands
The focus of this book is not how to make technology more efficient, nor even how technology harms or helps society, but rather how to successfully combine society and technology into socio-technical performance.
The Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems provides a state-of-the-art summary of knowledge in this evolving, multi-disciplinary field distinctive in its variety of international authors’ perspectives, depth and breadth of scholarship, and combination of practical and theoretical views. This noteworthy Handbook of Research extends a useful collection for anyone interested in modern socio-technincal systems where knowledge of social principles can mean the difference between success and failure.
For more information about Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking, you can view the title information sheet at http://www.igi-global.com/downloads/pdf/33019.pdf.
To view the Table of Contents and a complete list of contributors online go to http://www.igi-global.com/reference/details.asp?ID=33019&v=tableOfContents
You can also view the first chapter of the publication at http://www.igi-global.com/downloads/excerpts/33019.pdf