Collaboration, from a distance

Reading through my feed this AM, I came upon the following article, in particular this quote:

“…social proximity and the relationships with one’s peers are becoming far more important than spatial proximity…”

IMHO, this message can be applied to many other areas in addition to scientific research.   What I found most surprising was the author’s observation that increases in external collaboration took place prior to the advent of online services and the Internet age.

via Science as Team Sport – Collaborating at a distance pays off.

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