This section foregrounds annotations based on our analytic structure specifically looking at collaboration in data analysis. The annotated piece looking at this phase of the research life cycle focused on facilitating collaborative synthesis between multi-disciplinary research partners located in diverse geographic locations around one general topic. Cochrane and Cunhill (2018) describe “synthesis” as a process whereby knowledge from a variety of sources was summarised and critically appraised. They are worried about how to produce syntheses within and across research projects that bring together results to have greater impact. The analysts noted that strengthening the way that collaborative spaces were facilitated in order that individuals were better able to interact, know one another, identify mutual interests and then develop collaborative projects was important towards facilitating such synthesis. Nonetheless, the analysts do not discuss in depth the underlying technologies or sharing mechanisms and structures that would be necessary to facilitate such synthesis, rather they focused largely on the development of interpersonal relationships.
This essay is part of a broader orals document querying collaborative formations. Works were categorized under one part of the “research life cycle” as a heuristic. Sub-essays within the orals doc can be accessed directly through the following links: Research Design (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Gathering and Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Analysis (Artifacts | Analysis); Artifact Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Dissemination (Artifacts | Analysis); Political Practice (Artifacts | Analysis).