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Collaborative Authoring: Use and Maintenance of a Multidisciplinary eTextBook

Description: A multi-disciplinary textbook faces the challenge of satisfying the need for breadth, to represent all the disciplines that contribute to it, without compromising the need for depth, to treat each contributing discipline in a substantive way. We met this challenge in a text called "The Discipline of Organizing" with several innovations in book design. The key idea was to write the book as a "core" text with hundreds of supplemental endnotes tagged by discipline, effectively creating a family of related texts suitable for different courses and perspectives. This book architecture lends itself to implementation in ebook formats, and it also implies a clear path for evolving the book and ebooks over time. In this session the lead author and editor of the textbook describes the processes and principles needed to create, deploy, and maintain it.

About the Presenter: Robert J. Glushko is an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the School of Information. Before coming to Berkeley in 2002, he spent a decade in Silicon Valley, where he founded or co-founded four companies in the areas of electronic publishing and e-business. He previously worked in corporate R&D and consulting, mostly at Bell Laboratories. He has a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of California, San Diego and an MS in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute.
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