Collaboration: Evolution, not Revolution

Collaboration was a goal of networked systems going back decades. For people of a certain age, a memory will be triggered by the mention of Novell Groupware (“Groupwise”). Yet, decades after this promise, increased availability of internet access and mobile computing, collaboration remains very much a manual process for many. Attempts to automate collaboration face many hurdles. The question must be asked, then: Are the limitations to e-collaboration due to technological limitations, or to something more intrinsically sociological or psychological?

The image shown here, of a library, represents this schism of sorts. The pursuit of knowledge — of “reference” or “study” content remains very much an individual affair.

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