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Digital applications and software have facilitated our ability to collaborate with others, regardless of physical distance. Many applications also allow us to organize, adapt to changes, and keep record more efficiently and effectively than an analogue method like writing in a notebook. These tension pairs (digital/analogue and individual/collaborative) can likely be positioned parallel to the visitor/resident and personal/institutional spectrums. There will most likely be the largest areas of intersection between personal-individual, and resident-collaborative. However, the rest of the factors will probably depend on the purpose of task and the interactions required to complete it.

Consider the following categories:

Digital & Collaborative

If the purpose of my task is to collaborate with others, it will most likely be digital in nature. For example, scheduling meetings on my digital calendar, taking meeting minutes in a digital document that will can be accessed by the team, and developing electronic spreadsheets that others can manipulate and analyze.

Digital & Individual

There are activities that I could complete via an analogue method, but find it easier to organize and update using a digital software. An example would be using an electronic spreadsheet to record the job postings I have applied to. It is far easier to record the date, job title, company, link to the posting, and whether or not I heard back from them on a digital spreadsheet than on paper. However, I have no intentions of sharing this document or collaborating with others on it.

Analogue & Individual

I also have purely analogue activities that I could but most likely would not be sharing with others. This includes hand-written notes for school because I retain information better if I write it out manually.

Analogue & Collaborative

While digital mediums are far more convenient for most collaborative purposes, I may choose an analogue method to achieve certain results. For example, I provide my husband with a handwritten grocery list. Based on experience, if I provide the list to him in a digital medium, he almost always skips over items or forgets to go altogether. Having the odd-sized paper protruding from his wallet, as well as the ability to manually cross off items on the list, achieved far better results than a digital method.