what tools and platforms exist right now which humanists can use to do collaborative research? what models exist of successful humanities collaboration?
I'm curious to hear, from librarians or other academics or anyone with experience working on collaborative research projects, what specific tools you've used for doing so and what's worked (or hasn't!) for you. I know there's much more collaboration in the sciences and I'm open to hearing about this too. I'm interested in any part of the collaborative process, from gathering research all the way to joint writing. Here are some very basic ones I can think of off the top of my head:
- Google documents
for joint writing and notes
, a wordpress plugin allowing real-time editing and editorial conflict resolution
- Emailed word documents & track changes; Dropbox
or similar for file-sharing
- Wikis to gather research e.g. PBWiki
- Group blogging
- CUNY's very new Commons in a Box
- I've no first-hand experience of this, but it looks promising, and I'd be interested to find more of this sort of thing.
I'd also be interested in hearing about existing (successful) examples of research collaboration on digital platforms and particularly co-authorship: any discipline, although the more applicable to the humanities, the better. Some I can think of:
- 22 authors writing a book together
- an open-access collaboratively-written book on the digital humanities
[pdf] (scroll to to the end for "production notes")
- Timothy Gowers' experiment into "massively collaborative mathematics
- in the more "conventional" category, the Modern Girl Around the World research group
at University of Washington; this was not on any sustained digital platform but was fairly uniquely centered around a cross-disciplinary transnational research agenda and produced a co-written book and articles.
Thanks in advance!