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[ba-unrev-talk] Collaboration

While reading a new paper on collaboration, I discovered the Alliance to 
Advance the Understanding of Collaboratories
ants.html    (01)

And, while roaming that site, discovered the book
_Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology_
(Price $185, discounted to $85, Amazon price $185, one used for $70)    (02)

"The National Science Foundation funded the first Coordination Theory and 
Collaboration Technology initiative to look at systems that support 
collaborations in business and elsewhere. This book explores the global 
revolution in human interconnectedness. It will discuss the various 
collaborative workgroups and their use in technology. The initiative 
focuses on processes of coordination and cooperation among autonomous units 
in human systems, in computer and communication systems, and in hybrid 
organizations of both systems. This initiative is motivated by three 
scientific issues which have been the focus of separate research efforts, 
but which may benefit from collaborative research. The first is the effort 
to discover the principles underlying how people collaborate and coordinate 
work efficiently and productively in environments characterized by a high 
degree of decentralized computation and decision making. The second is to 
gain a better fundamental understanding of the structure and outputs of 
organizations, industries, and markets which incorporate sophisticated, 
decentralized information and communications technology as an important 
component of their operations. The third is to understand problems of 
coordination in decentralized or open computer systems."    (03)