Practicing e-science: media configurations in research collaboration


The presentation is based on my PhD research on the use of different media in collaborative research, and addresses the following research questions: How do different media influence research collaboration? How does research collaboration practices influences the use of different media? Two international distributed research teams were studied for the period of three years’ time and data about their communication and collaboration practices were collected. The collaborative practices studied were: task allocation and coordination, decision-making, tensions and conflicts, socializing and output production.  Moreover, real-time data about the use of ICTs and face-to-face meetings were collected and analyzed. The study shows a mutual co-evolution between media use and collaborative practices and proposes a theoretical model, which can help us understand this co-evolution process.


Eleftheria Vasileiadou

(Amsterdam School of Communications Research/

Amsterdam School of Social science Research)