Responding to George V.’s task 4:
Research problem: Researchers’ closed group collaboration and personal desktop practices are largely invisible to, and seem disconnected from, the growing open online sharing world. Are there any hidden influences at work? Research question: Do typical patterns of open online participation experiences and practices also change scholars’ habits within their closed environments? For example: Do the different styles of micro-publications (smaller, more context-immersed, more cross-linked, more “ephemeral”, faster than traditional formats, less focussed on selfcontained, measurable deliverables and more open to gradually emerging artefacts) have a noticeable effect on the way researchers organize their personal and group notes and sketches? Does the contact with blogs and wikis also percolate into the use personal wikis and group blogs? Does the pattern of asynchronous participation complement the closed group patterns of meetings (faster, but less reflective) vs. formalized authoring (lonesome but slow-paced)? Method: Survey both scholars who are engaged or not engaged in open environments, to be interviewd via email OR skype (a single format interview would skew the sample towards more asynchronous or more synchronous preferences, respectively).