Research strategy generation: Avoiding academic 'animal farm'

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In his famous novel, Animal Farm, Orwell coined the phrase 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others' [4]. This satirical observation aptly describes many common problems which emerge in group dynamics, such as the problem of mismatched contribution from over and under achievers [1]. Our motivation, therefore, is to develop a process which assists groups of academics and other stakeholders to collaboratively generate research strategy in an open, engaging, and democratic way. To this end, we will discuss a simple process involving two tools (both free for use by academics) which are designed to avoid, or at least alleviate, what we term as Academic Animal Farm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450325417
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Baltimore, MD, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Feb 201419 Feb 2014


Conference17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
Abbreviated titleCSCW 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBaltimore, MD


  • Animal farm
  • Automated document generation
  • Card sorting
  • Local collaboration
  • Meeting tools
  • Natural language processing
  • Remote collaboration
  • Research strategy
  • Topic modeling
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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