is proud to present issue two in volume nine of
‘collaborate’ – Edited by Donna Lee Brien & Axel Bruns
Collaboration is a highly desirable and, increasingly, often a mandated element in many modes of Australian (and international) research, creative and business practice – and a factor on which successful and innovative outcomes, as well as funding, often depend. In many cases, however, participants in collaborative projects have a limited understanding of collaboration (in theory and practice) beyond that of a general concept, tossed about with nods of approval but rarely unpacked. In other fields of DIY content production, from open source software development to the large- scale distributed collaboration on projects such as the Wikipedia, collaboration often happens perhaps even more intuitively, but nonetheless produces results which can usually stand up to serious professional scrutiny. So how, and why, do we collaborate?
This issue of M/C Journal features case study articles from the point of view of practitioners and researchers, innovative research about collaborative practice, examinations of authorship credits and copyright issues in collaborative work, including collaborative interventions like the creative commons, and wider insights into the apparent human need for interaction, collaboration, and what World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners- Lee has called ‘intercreativity’.
"Copyright in a Collaborative Age"
– Suw Charman and Michael Holloway
There has never been a better time to collaborate. The Internet is providing us with ways to work together that were unimaginable even just a decade ago, and high broadband penetration means that exchanging large However, copyright law has, in general, failed to keep up with the amazing progress shown by technology and human ingenuity. It is time that the lawmakers learnt how to collaborate with the collaborators in order to bring copyright up to date.
"Stigmergic Collaboration: The Evolution of Group Work"
"Students ‘at Risk’: Dilemmas of Collaboration"
Nahid Kabir and Mark Balnaves
"Riding Waves of Resonance: Morphogenic Fields and Collaborative Research with Australian Travelling Communities"
Geoff Danaher, Beverley Moriarty and P.A. Danaher
"The Impossibility of Collaborating with Kathy, ‘The Stupid Bitch’"
"The Wicked Problem of Collaboration"
Judd Ruggill and Ken McAllister
"Reflections on Practicing Student-Staff Collaboration in Academic
Research: A Transformative Strategy for Change?"
"A Cappella and Diva: A Collaborative Process for Individual Academic
Wendy Beck, Kerry Dunne, Josie Fisher, Jane O’Sullivan and Alison
"Would We, Could We, Did We Collaborate? Mutuality and Respect"
Belinda R. Tynan = Dawn L. Garbett
"Metacognition through Group Practice in the New Media Classroom"
"Creative Communities after Television: The Collective Authorship of
"Off World Sounds: Building a Collaborative Soundscape"
Tara Brabazon and Stephen Mallinder
"Posthuman Collaboration: Multimedia, Improvisation, and Computer
Hazel Smith and Roger T. Dean
"The Convergence Potentials Of Collaboration & Adaptation: A Case Study In
"Interruption/Interaction/Collaboration: A Critical Appraisal of the
Textual @traction Interactive Event"
Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2006:
‘street’: article deadline 1 May 2006, release date 28 June 2006
‘free’: article deadline 26 June 2006, release date 23 August 2006
‘filth’: article deadline 21 August 2006, release date 18 October 2006
‘jam’: article deadline 16 October 2006, release date 13 December 2006
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