Growing Large-scale Collaborative Organisms: Implementing an Open Source Collaborative Network in a Multi-disciplinary Creative Arts Institution
This paper represents an analysis of the implementation of an online collaborative network for the purposes of expanding social networking and collaborative opportunities across a multi-disciplinary arts institution, the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. Carried out as practice-led doctoral research, this project combines theories of collaboration, undergraduate teaching, a particular collaborative ethic and organic modelling in order to creatively explore large-scale collaborative possibilities, as well as to transcend imposed institutional funding and technological constraints. Moving beyond traditional top-down teacher/student roles, the use of open source, (TWiki) wiki software has engendered an approach of simultaneous production and design, providing the ability to respond in real-time to student/user input. This naturally emergent dynamic has fuelled the evolutionary development of the course and its associated site, unfolding both horizons beyond the designer’s imagination.
URL: http://cfi.vca.unimelb.edu.au/gallery/ (active as of late June '05)
Keywords: Collaboration, Large-scale Collaboration, Internet Collaboration, Technology in Education, TWiki, Open Source Software
Mr Mark Elliott
PhD Candidate, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts