This project examined the onboarding and socialization processes newcomers face when joining existing virtual research organizations (collaboratories). Newcomers must learn new techniques, navigate a new social network and work within unfamiliar organizational structures.
Collaboration and virtual organizations
UMSI professor Lionel Robert will be joining engineering professors Vineet Kamat and SangHyun Lee on this MCubed project that will study the use of visual prototyping techniques in the modeling and study of human and robot motion for a number of applications.
Erik Hofer served as the principal investigator on this collaborative project to provide the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE), a collaboration cyberinfrastructure, with research-based socio-technical systems for conducting synchronous and asynchronous learning through integrated research and education.
Working with Dr. Geoffrey Bowker at the University of Pittsburgh, Professor of Information Paul Edwards studied how effective interdisciplinary research collaborations emerge in modern science.
With this project, Carl Lagoze examined the collaborative tendencies of the independent small research groups that characterize long-tail science.
The Virtual Space Interaction Testbed (VISIT) was a UMSI initiative that applied advanced cyberinfrastructure capabilities to the challenges of effective collaboration between geographically distributed sites. With facilities on the UM Central and North Campuses, the School of Information was a natural testbed for conducting this kind of experimentation into how distributed organizations can be better supported using a combination of advanced networking and computing.