Transdisciplinary itexts and the future of web-scale collaboration

Janice W. Fernheimer, Lisa Litterio, James Hendler

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Changes in Web infrastructure have allowed ITexts to become a vehicle for transdisciplinary Web-scale collaboration so that large-scale teams can create new knowledge despite differences in team members' disciplinary training, geographic location, and levels of expertise. In this article, the authors define Web-scale collaboration and illustrate the need for transdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Then they introduce heuristics for creating and evaluating such transdisciplinary, collaborative Web-scale ITexts, drawing on examples generated at a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation that was held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in April 2010.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-337
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • ITexts
  • collaboration
  • emerging digital genres
  • transdisciplinarity
  • usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)


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