Studies in the “science of team science” are now identifying the group dynamic features that lead to more effective and productive collaborative teams. The LTER synthesis working groups emerging from the 2016 RFP will benefit from NCEAS’ and NCO’s experience with working group dynamics, as well as the literature of team science and open science for synthesis.
Computing: NCEAS staff have deep experience in supporting and facilitating data-intensive collaborations. From shared server spaces to archived e-mail lists to videoconferencing, the computing staff is eager to help you find the technological solutions to your data and collaboration challenges. Learn more.
Regular and candid communication among group members is one of the keys to successful collaborations. Some of the lessons gleaned from past working groups are detailed in papers on the collaborative process:
- Collaboration and Productivity in Scientific Synthesis
- Practices for Facilitating Interdisciplinary Synthetic
Research: the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis
- Ten Simple Rules to Enable Multi-site Collaborations through Data Sharing (PLOS)
- National Academies Report (2015) on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science
The NCO also provides communications training and advice to broaden the impact and social utility of the synthesis research, and will take advantage of NCEAS partnerships including the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) to engage additional audiences such as NGOs and public agencies.