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In the next 3 years, will technology be instrumental to the success of inter-institutional collaboration?


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January 01, 2009 @ 01:59am CST

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BryanAlexander   •   Sat Oct 25 2008 at 08:35am CDT
The rise of cloud computing, and the worsening economy, suggest a driver for more interinstitutional technology collaboration.
Funkypants   •   Thu Sep 04 2008 at 07:25am CDT
Define “instrumental.” If you mean “as an instrument or tool” then yes, because that is what technology is. But then the question is tautological and meaningless. If you mean “independently causal” or “fundamentally important” then it becomes more complicated.
Todd Kelley   •   Thu Sep 04 2008 at 01:54pm CDT
Thanks Funkypants – A good question. Your second interpretation is very close to the mark with “independently causal” or “fundamentally important.” And yes – that is somewhat complicated. Will technology such as multipoint interactive videoconferencing encourage institutions to communicate more regularly and in more meaningful ways? Will collaborative projects develop into community efforts due to new technological capabilities?
Funkypants   •   Thu Sep 04 2008 at 06:40pm CDT
Then I think the participants in this market – mostly technological enthusiasts – are likely to overpredict technology’s effects on human behavior and underpredict other factors such as politics, economics, habits, laziness etc.
BryanAlexander   •   Sun Sep 07 2008 at 02:12pm CDT
There’s a big difference between emerging and old technologies. Do we think of email, for example, when we contemplate technology for collaboration?
Funkypants   •   Sun Sep 07 2008 at 10:20pm CDT
If it comes to that, ink, telephones, and the wheel are all technologies that are instrumental now to collaboration and will be so until the collapse of civilization. The question is underspecified. Perhaps it should be re-stated?
BryanAlexander   •   Tue Sep 09 2008 at 01:52pm CDT
I think “digital” was implicit in “technology”, here. That’s a bit rough-edged, since it doesn’t apply to some very digital technologies, like many phones, and television.

Good point. Restating’s a good idea.

Todd Kelley   •   Thu Sep 04 2008 at 07:25pm CDT
Possibly – but at the same time organizational inertia COULD temper their entusiasm ;-)
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