Digital Collaboration is using digital devices, open source data and cloud technology to share knowledge, manage information and contribute user-generated content to communities of people regardless of time or place. Dramatically different from traditional collaboration, it connects a broader network of participants who can accomplish much more than they would on their own.
- On-line Meetings and Webinar
- Co-authoring Documents and Shared Spreadsheets
- Note taking
- Mind Maps
- Social Media
- Enterprise Social Media Network
- Shared Task Lists
- Sharepoint Sites
- Network File Share
- Web-based file hosting
21st century mobile devices such as apps, social media, bandwidth and open data, connect people on a global level. This has led to an increase in information and at the same time increased levels of stress. As a result workplace innovators and visionaries want to discover new digital tools and are rethinking how, when and where they work.
A great reliance is placed on e-mail to communicate, gone are the days when a message can go unread. Adapting digital tools such as notetaking apps, task lists and ical to David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity workflow, users can find "weird time", to process the e-mail in box. GTD principles can be difficult to maintain over the long term.
Social Media networks foster collaboration as well as manage and share knowledge between peers and interested groups. Participation in these networks builds trust among peers which leads to open sharing of ideas. News and information can be activity filtered through subscription allowing users to focus on what interests them, as opposed to passively receiving information. Events, activities, files and discussions are searchable and presented as a timeline.
Open Data Sources
Applications that can deliver data to help make decisions. Public agencies and GIS services provide, what was once thought of as proprietary data, to the private sector developers to present useful context and decision making. People themselves can also provide data about their location or experience which has social value to interested users.
Open source community contributed content found on the web and in business; on-going knowledge documentation, co-authoring, and aides decision making.
Identity & Adoption
Innovators and visionaries of both Generations X and Y are leading the mainstream pragmatist to digitally collaborative tools. The Net Generation is growing up with digital collaborative tools such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard and Pinterest, building trust among peers and openness in their on-line communities. Influenced by cautious optimism about employment, post turbulent 2008 economy, and trust among peers this generation will culturally tend to share and sustain resources. These factors contribute to increased adoption of digitally collaborative tools and active participation over the previous Generation X.
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