A Case of Collaboration, Part 1

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As part of this focus on collaboration we will look at the various ways researchers and academic writers work together. This post is the first in a series of posts based on SAGE Research Cases.  based on SAGE Research Cases. 

The selected cases are open access until the end of January, 2019.  If the links have expired you can access them through with a 30-day free trial of the Cases platform, using your academic email address. 

In earlier times, we could put all the resources for a project in a filing cabinet available to everyone in the office. Now we need to share documents and project materials with partners who are not co-located. This case, while set in a specific research context, shows practical steps for using the commonly-available Microsoft OneNote to create Digital Research Notebooks.

Fernandes, J.,& Barbeiro, L. (2017). Coordinating diverse research practices using digital research notebooks: A case study in science educationSAGE Research Methods Cases.doi:10.4135/9781473993983 


This case study provides an account on how we struggled with the coordination of the many activities of a research project in Science Education: managing the project as a whole, collaborating on the literature review, integrating diverse research methods (interviews,
classroom observation, survey), analyzing, and reporting. The initial difficulties led us to develop the concept of Digital Research Notebook, a meta-tool and set of workflows to coordinate many of these activities. We will give you practical examples of how we have developed some of the project’s research activities before and after we began using a Digital Research Notebook. We will focus on Collaboration (e.g., writing a paper collaboratively), Project management (e.g., task management), Literature review (e.g., annotating publications collaboratively), Interviews (e.g., collecting audio and handwritten notes in an integrated way), Classroom observation (e.g., a workflow to produce pedagogical graphic novels), and a Survey (e.g., making the dataset and design process open). Our aim is also to present you with scenarios through which you can reflect on the relevance of Digital Research Notebooks and envision its adaptation to your own research project.

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