The Reciprocal Research Network: The Development Process

Susan Rowley


In this paper I explore some of the challenges, opportunities, and transformations that occurred during the development of the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN). Due to the nature of the project—creation of a research infrastructure—and the methods of development—collaborative and agile—issues of interest to communities and museums working together and/or involved in digital projects occurred during development. Some of the creative tensions and frictions within this project are described along with the RRN specific resolutions that were reached. Process, dialogue, transparency, and letting go of control were all key to establishing the trust relationships necessary for the development of the network.


Collaboration; Information Technology; Museums; Museum Community Relationships; Technology

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