- Collaboration and Digital Libraries
- Slides: week14.ppt
- L. M. Simmons, Jr., "Collaboration Dreams (Guest Editorial)," D-Lib
Magazine, March 1997.
This editorial provides an insightful overview of collaboration. Simmons
begins with the explanation of the role of collaboration among humans in
general, then of collaboration in a research environment. He then
describes the function of the ideal electronic collaboration tool. A
short, readable article that motivates discussion of collaboration.
- M. Van Alstyne & E. Brynjolfsson, "Could the Internet Balkanize Science,"
Science, 294, Novemmber, 1996, pp. 1479-1480.
Van Alstyne & Brynjolfsson offer a less optimistic view of electronic
collaboration. Their thesis is that the electronic access to colleagues
that allows geographic barriers to be overcome for collaboration could
also produce a homogeneity of thought. Geographic balkanization
could be replaced by electronic balkanization, and the necessary
ingredient for multi-disciplinary collaboration could be lost.
- M. Bowman & B. Camargo, "Digital Libraries: The Next Generation in File
System Technology," D-Lib Magazine, February 1998.
In the spirit of collaboration, this paper describes file systems and area
of intersection between digital libraries and file systems. Not only are
file systems available with richer semantics for collaboration than many
of the current tools using http for transport, there are also
object-oriented experimental file systems in development that could be
used to deliver a digital object in the KWF sense.