Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Speaking of collaborative authorship

Our class is engaged in its own collaborative writing project, a wiki-based "Brief Writing Checklist."

And, with reference to a source previously referred to in this blog, our school's own Martha Woodmansee organized a collaborative authorship project in Case Western Reserve's English Department, "Beyond Authorship: Refiguring Rights in Traditional Culture and Bioknowledge":
During the spring semester 2004 I directed a collaborative research project at the intersection of Law and Cultural Studies -- specifically, the domain of international intellectual property covered by copyright. The "collaboratory" consisted of three graduate assistants from English, Law, and Sociology, and nine advanced undergraduates majoring in arts, humanities, and social science departments at Case Western Reserve University. The aim of this project was to give undergraduates an opportunity to participate in basic research in the humanities in a collaborative work environment. Our joint efforts resulted in this website, which takes advantage of digital technology to expand and enhance my article, "Beyond Authorship: Refiguring Rights in Traditional Culture and Bioknowledge," co-authored with Peter Jaszi and published in Scientific Authorship: Credit and Responsibility in Science , ed. Mario Biagioli and Peter Galison (NY: Routledge, 2003). -- Martha Woodmansee, May 15, 2004.

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