Collaborative writing

Here we explore the benefits of collaborative writing, as well as the issues, and practice involved. First we acknowledge, that there has been very little progress over the last 60 years in this area. Sharing is difficult.

As we explore this subject in more considered detail in the coming months, we should refer to some of the extensive literature and terminology described. If we are to design a new and successful form of collaborative writing - such as wiki aspires to be - we need to learn form the extensive history of the subject.

# Terminology

__Collaborative writing__ includes three necessary components to make the writing process work, which include: - wikipedia

- Interaction between participants throughout the entire writing process. Whether it be brainstorming, writing a draft of the project, or reviewing. - Shared power among participants. Everyone included in the project has the power to make decisions and no group member is incharge of all the text produced. - The collaborative production of one single and specific text.

# Types of Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing has been the subject of academic research and business for over two decades.

- __Single Author writing or Collegial:__ one person is leading, they compile the group ideas and do the writing. - __Sequential writing:__ each person adds their task work then passes it on for the next person to edit freely. - __Horizontal Division writing:__ each person does one part of the whole project and then one member compiles it. - __Stratified Division writing__: each person plays a role in the composition process of a project due to talents. - __Reactive writing__: group all works on and writes the project at the same time, adjusting and commenting on everyone’s work.

# Authorship

An author acquires a copyright if their work meets certain criteria. In the case of works created by one person, typically, the first owner of a copyright in that work is the person who created the work, i.e. the author. But, when more than one person creates the work in collaboration with one another, then a case of joint authorship can be made provided some criteria are met.

# Collaborative software

Collaborative software or groupware is an application software designed to help people involved in a common task to achieve their goals. One of the earliest definitions of collaborative software is 'intentional group processes plus software to support them.' - wikipedia

- See also Literate Tools

We can think of collaborative software as one of the tools that reduce the transaction costs of collaboration. See Why we write with wiki.

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