Two-Layer Structures in Scientific Collaboratories
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Type of Work5 pages
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Citation of Original PublicationTapia, A., Ocker, R., Rosson, M. B., and Blodgett, B. (2010) “Two Layered Structure in Scientific Collaborations” Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Workshop on Scientific Collaboration. Savannah, Georgia, February 6-10, 2010.
We report preliminary results from a socio-technical analysis of scientific collaboration situated in physical anthropology research. We analyze the two-layer structure of the collaboration: one loosely coupled through shared access and use of scientific equipment, and one tightly coupled through shared creative development of research questions, data analysis and interpretation. We conclude with implications for both process and technology support.