Collaborative Research


How to do bigger better research: Collaboration tools for researchers. Symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Conference, in Irvine CA, April 2008.

Symposium Abstract: Humankind is capable of amazing projects: building 100-story buildings and putting a man on the moon. These amazing projects require collaboration between hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. In science, we are mostly operating on a single-scientist model, in which a single person (or perhaps two or three people) comes up with a research idea, runs a study, and writes a paper. Because of the time-cycle of Masters, PhD, tenure, and full professor, each project must also be short: something that one or two or three people can do in just one or two years. This encourages a large number of small projects which were done because they were easy, cheap, and fast, not because they were important or good. Imagine what we could accomplish if we instead had 100 scientists working together to do the best project they possibly could? Right now, there are a moderate number of psychological projects that are done with 10, 20, or even 50 authors, but these projects are rare. The challenge is that we do not have organizational models for how to get 10 or 20 scientists to work together productively, and do not know how to use the software that would allow this type of collaboration.

The purpose of this symposium is threefold: (1) to discuss the benefits of working together in larger groups and how to overcome the difficulties associated with collaboration, (2) to discuss and demonstrate software that can be used to facilitate collaborative data collection, collaborative writing, and long-distance meetings, and (3) to discuss structures, communication norms, and protocols that can be used to coordinate work across institutional boundaries.

Presentation PowerPoints and Handouts

Better Data, Better Writing, More Perspectives, Meeting Challenges by Kimberly A. Barchard, Bettina J. Casad, and Wind Goodfriend PowerPoint Handout
Collaborative Data Collection by Jacqueline DaVania, Kimberly A. Barchard, and Wind Goodfriend PowerPoint Handout
Software Tools for Collaborative Writing by Brian Potts, Jacqueline DaVania, Kimberly A. Barchard, Wind Goodfriend, and Bettina Casad PowerPoint Handout
Tools for Long-Distance Meetings by Bettina J. Casad and Wind Goodfriend PowerPoint Handout
Structures, Norms, and Protocols for Managing Projects across Institutional Boundaries by Jill E. Nemiro and Kimberly A. Barchard Abstract


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