Online Collaboration

Online Collaboration

Charalampos Z. Patrikakis (Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece), Lemonia Argyriou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) and Agis Papantoniou (Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch034
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Abstract

In this chapter, the authors present the general framework for assessing collaborative work group behaviour over the Internet and their social or asocial behaviour based on previous studies. Following this approach, the authors first give reference to a related study on social and asocial learning and how they can be distinguished through the analysis of data diffusion curves and other mathematical models. As a next step, a used method on group collaboration over a digital content publication platform is presented. Finally, the authors state a new direction on collaborative work groups, and the idea of Collaborative Innovation Networks is presented. The paper ends with directions for future research on social networking and human-machine collaboration.
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In order to address the issue of online collaboration, we should examine first the patterns that bend the collaboration of humans (in some cases even animals since many of the observations from the animal kingdom apply to the case of human interaction), and also to elaborate on the way these patterns are transformed through the use of internet technologies and IT technologies in general. Furthermore, we should take into account the different flavors of collaboration in the form of culture-ethics, collaborative work and learning. Going beyond the study of direct applicability of experience and collective knowledge towards collaborative efficiency, there are two directions in which online group collaboration can be exploited: the first is to promote the way innovation can emerge through the collective contribution of ideas, assisted by the web and the internet, and the second is how it can best serve the intelligent communication between human and machine, over a more efficient framework inspired by human socialization, as this is served and influenced by ICT: namely social networks.

Following this rationale, the rest of sections cover all the referenced areas following the reported sequence of presentation, while a concrete application example of online group collaboration is presented in order to support the theoretical results reported.

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