workshop explored the social underpinnings of collaboration
in science. The workshop examined three broad classes of issues:
- How would one judge a collaboration
or a collaboratory to be successful?
- What are the most important individual
and group processes that affect the success of collaborations?
- What organizational, professional,
and cultural issues affect the character of collaborations?
The goal of
the workshop was to define issues, assess the current state
of understanding, and lay the groundwork for future SOC activities.
To this end, 42 experts from the University
of Michigan and other institutions gathered on June 4-5 to
consider the social aspects of collaboratory development and
use. After some introductory material, each of these themes
was addressed in parallel breakout sessions, followed by plenary
sessions in which each breakout group reported their results,
which were discussed by all. On the final morning separate
breakout groups were assigned each question, and were asked
to identify next steps for research on each question. What follows is a high-level description of each of these sessions, with links to further notes on each session.
the final summary.