tech versus culture: what makes for good digital collaboration?
In addition to the simultaneous writing functionality of Google Docs, the ability to produce and manage documents entirely online saved us from the frustrating task of keeping track of additions, changes, and comments across multiple drafts that would have been produced in an email exchange. All this was extremely helpful, not only because neither of us had written a grant before, but also because writing the grant forced us to think out the specifics of the proposed project. The process therefore was just as much about learning and thinking as it was about producing a final draft, and the opportunity to improve was far more expansive in this case than in other writing projects, such as a term paper, that typically get one shot at feedback.
…human relationships and investments – more than technologies – are essential for attracting participation in open review processes, for developing and modeling norms for participation, for teaching and practicing principles of mutual responsibility and good citizenship, and for enacting a participatory ethos, all of which are essential to a successful open review.