Intro to Networked Collaboration

Social Protocols, Tools and Methodologies for Online Collaboration

What are some of the tools that are used?
Self-organizing mesh networks that create societies of cognitively cooperating devices
Community computing grids that support emergent swarms of supercomputing power
Peer production networks that build a constantly expanding commons for innovation
Social mobile networks that foster the collective action of “smart mobs”
Group-forming networks that integrate social and technical networks
Social software that enables the management of personal social webs
Social accounting tools that serve as trust building mechanisms
Knowledge collectives that extend the nature and reach of knowledge economies

After reading through Technologies of Cooperation, I find the community computing grids fascinating. It’s pretty brilliant for a group of people to use network computers to “share” CPU cycles for the greater good. This seems like such a simple way of collaborating and making a difference in research, more people and large companies should get involved. 

CPU cycles, unlike disk space, have the power to compute, to do things to data—which translates into the power to analyze, simulate, calculate, search, sift, recognize, render, predict, communicate, and control.” “millions of people and their PCs are not just trading music, but are tackling cancer research, finding prime numbers, rendering films, forecasting weather, designing synthetic drugs by running simulations on billions of possible molecules”.  

How are processes of collaboration affected in a virtual environment? 
Virtual Collaboration allows people from around the world the flexibility to “work” together at any time without many restrictions. Drawbacks may be few but two I thought of are the lack of human interaction but that perhaps could be remedied by a webcam and the technology, does everyone have the same expertise and tools to collaborate online?

February 25, 2008 - Posted by | collaboration, tools and methodologies, Uncategorized


  1. Exactly -the beauty of all of that is the collective wisdom that’s harnessed. According to Jane McGonigal in this interesting article on cnet,

    collective intelligence is about letting many people be involved in approaching a problem and letting everyone feel that participating is worth the effort, even if individuals don’t personally solve the problems. Further, the collective wisdom of thousands of people can produce the kinds of results that smaller groups can’t.

    Comment by funksoup | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. I thought the article was great and really brought out the oft-forgotten point of “two heads are better than one.” Video games can be incredibly isolating if you play them alone, but even for the most socially inept, games in which one player depends on the others as well as him/herself can be really cool. It’s basically a way to socialize without having to actual do so (the same as chat rooms, but gaming).

    Comment by sophiefriedman | March 2, 2008 | Reply

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