Collaboration has long been a key element of scholarly work, and that trend has accelerated in recent years. In part, this is due to the near ubiquity of information technology, which has increased both the range and speed of collaborative activity. In a growing number of disciplines, technologically-mediated collaboration is simply how work gets done.
This burst of innovation has resulted in a collaborative tools landscape that is rich and multifaceted, yet, too often, fragmented and unmanageable. To effectively support the activities of its members -- in research, teaching, learning, service, and administration -- UC Berkeley needs to create an IT environment in which it is both easy and natural for people to collaborate with colleagues and partners within and beyond its boundaries.
The UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy, developed in 2008, lays the groundwork for the creation of such an environment. It provides campus with a roadmap for supporting collaborative tools for at least three years. The project is sponsored by the Chief Information Officer and has been led by Collaboration Services.
The Collaborative Tools Strategy is available for download, by section or as a whole, in PDF format:
Download the Strategy and all the supporting materials here.
This strategy has been improved by the comments and insights of more than two hundred individuals, on campus and off, who contributed their experiences and perspectives to its development. (Download as PDF)
This strategy was developed in conjunction with the above contributors by staff from IST's Data Services department:
Additional information about the project:
Contact Ian Crew.