“More Minds are Brought to Bear on a Problem”: Methods of Interaction and Collaboration within Digital Humanities Research Teams

Lynne Siemens, Richard Cunningham, Wendy Duff, Claire Warwick


Digital project teams are by definition comprised of people with various skills, disciplines and content knowledge. Collaboration within these teams is undertaken by librarians, academics, undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, computer programmers and developers, content experts, and other individuals. While this diversity of people, skills and perspectives creates benefits for the teams, at the same time, it creates a series of challenges which must be minimized to ensure project success. Drawing upon interview and survey data, this paper explores the benefits, challenges and patterns of interaction associated with these types of project teams. It will conclude with a series of recommendations focused on harnessing the advantages while minimizing the challenges.

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