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Collaboration CollaborationBook

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The collaboration book is mostly in the context of internet based and software development related collaboration. Here's a copy of some notes originally made on TiddlySpace.

_Because I am, according to @jrbl, supposed to "just fucking write a book already".

  • Collaboration requires SharedGoals
  • SharedGoals require SharedUnderstandings
  • SharedUnderstandings require SharedLanguage
  • Effective Collaboration comes from effective information sharing, access and comparison (so the participants can get new knowledge)
  • Communication is not overhead
  • Knowledge is Private, in a single head
  • Knowledge becomes Information when uttered
  • New knowledge (learning) comes from comparing information; placing it in context
  • Computers are uniquely qualified tools for information comparison (c.f. Winograd & Flores)
  • The Unix Way and I
  • The best tools are open, in the sense that they make use of data which can be easily used by other tools.
  • Information networks show not only links between things, they also show voids where there ought to information, but there is not: Networks can highlight ignorance and thus opportunities or needs for learning. See KnownUnknowns.
  • Ideal information tools are ready to hand, keeping the task (learning) in the forefront. The information involved should be poised to inspire breakdowns (c.f. Heidegger and The Computer as Tool.
  • Naming, in information networks, matters: We want to encourage discovery and collision as it is in the act of collision that the most learning happens.
  • Identification is separate from naming. Identifiers must be truly unique and meaningless in order to be persistent and transportable in an otherwise transient network.
  • Reuse by reference, not copy.
  • The act of writing is fundamentally different from speaking or thinking. It requires a bit more follow through, and as a result writing a problem down, even if just for yourself, can lead to the solution. (Thanks to @FND for the reminder).
  • When collaborating, group members can be more effective through stigmergy: leaving artifacts in the environment that others can be informed by.