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Pub. period:2011-2012
Pub. count:4
Number of co-authors:9


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Rosson, Mary Beth, Li, Na, Ryan, Timothy and Tapia, Andrea H. (2012): Addressing ownership, access and participation needs in scientific collaboration. In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference 2012. pp. 271-278.

In this paper we discuss the initial phases of design work that we have carried out to support the collaboration of physical anthropologists who use High-Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) data as a key element in their research. Drawing from sociotechnical analyses reported in earlier papers, we highlight design issues that are of particular relevance to the tasks of scanning and sharing HRCT data -- balancing the costs and benefits experienced by the stakeholders who create and share the digital files, and addressing pervasive issues of data ownership and control. We describe the evolutionary approach to technology design that we are pursuing, summarize how we have addressed these key design issues, report feedback from system users, and discuss lessons learned -- for both the continuing development of our system and scientific collaboration systems more generally.

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Tapia, Andrea H., Ocker, Rosalie, Rosson, Mary Beth and Blodgett, Bridget (2011): Good bones: anthropological scientific collaboration around computed tomography data. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 402-409.

We report preliminary results from a socio-technical analysis of scientific collaboration, specifically a loosely connected group of physical anthropology researchers. Working from a combination of interview data and artifact analysis, we identify current barriers to the scientists' collaboration as it relates to a valuable but scarce resource, a high-resolution computer tomography scanner. We analyze a two-layer structure of the collaboration, one that is loosely coupled through shared scanner access and use; and one that is tightly coupled through shared creative development of research questions, data analysis and interpretation. We conclude with implications for enhancements to the sociotechnical context and supporting infrastructure.

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Bajpai, Kartikeya, Maldonado, Edgar, Ngamassi, Louis-Marie, Tapia, Andrea H. and Maitland, Carleen (2011): NGO collaborations: sharing and pooling projects. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 410-416.

Humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly facing challenges due to the growing number of actors in the humanitarian relief sector as well as the high incidence of natural disasters. A prominent means of mitigating these challenges is through the mediation of inter-organizational structures such as collaboration bodies, which attempt to find mechanisms to coordinate information technology and information management (IT/IM). The intent of this paper is to understand the coordination mechanisms undertaken by collaboration bodies focused on IT/IM. The two prominent forms of initiatives used by collaboration bodies to achieve these ends are sharing and pooling projects. Sharing projects are those projects which seek resources from members within the collaboration body. Conversely, pooling projects look to procure resources from outside the confines of the collaboration body. This study utilizes a comparative case study approach to generate a set of propositions regarding the characteristics and implications of technological infrastructure based collaborations.

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Ngamassi, Louis-Marie, Maitland, Carleen and Tapia, Andrea H. (2011): Humanitarian information management network effectiveness: an analysis at the organizational and network levels. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 817-818.

Massive international response to humanitarian crises such as the South Asian Tsunami in 2004, the Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010 highlights the importance of humanitarian inter-organizational collaboration networks, especially in information management and exchange. Though, in recent years, humanitarian information management has considerably improved due to significant development in humanitarian information management principles and systems (Van de Walle et al., 2009), humanitarian information sharing continues to challenge the international community (Maiers et al., 2005; Wentz, 2006; Maitland et al., 2009; Bharosa et al., 2010). As I mentioned earlier, in the humanitarian relief field, the number of inter-organizational networks has significantly increased with the rise in number and complexity of humanitarian disasters of the past few decades (Stephenson, 2005; 2006; Ngamassi et al., 2010). The effectiveness of these networks in disaster response is still to be determined. Despite more than a decade old call for better understanding of the effectiveness of inter-organizational networks in the nonprofit context (see O'Toole, 1997; Provan&Milward 1995), to date limited work has been done (Provan et al., 2007).

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