Meta Collab

About Meta Collab[]

In order to try to discover underlying commonalities existing in collaborations within and across different fields, participants are invited to contribute collaborative experiences and understandings to Meta Collab.

The contributions will be cross-referenced and drawn together in order to contribute useful research towards the distinction of collaboration from other forms of cooperation and to:

  • identify collaborations
  • support collaborations
  • develop collaborations

What is collaboration?[]

Although the word collaboration is widely used in many varying contexts such as education, science, art and business, very little research has been carried out to discover this process’s properties. With the relatively recent advent of computer mediated communication (CMC), the nature of collaboration is coming under more intensive scrutiny.

As software designers, facilitators and theorists from many diverse fields strive to create more useful and effective collaborative environments and methods, more light is shown on this ubiquitous and taken for granted practice. However, what light is being cast is still fairly refracted into the diverse fields in which the research is being carried out. Perhaps more collaboration into the nature of collaboration will be required to answer such questions as:

  • How does collaboration differ from cooperation?
  • What qualifies as a collaboration?
  • What are the defining principals or elements of this process?

Browse our collection of articles: Category:Collaboration theory for possible answers to these questions.