I was recently privileged to co-author a book chapter entitled “Beautifying Data in the Real World” in a book called Beautiful Data, available shortly from O’Reilly. The list of authors is likely known to readers interested in Open Data and Open Notebook Science: Jean-Claude Bradley, Rajarshi Guha, Andrew Lang, Pierre Lindenbaum, Cameron Neylon, Egon Willighagen and myself.
This was a great example of “distant collaboration”. We didn’t get on the phone to talk about the manuscript. We didn’t connect via a conferencing system. Cameron brought us together as a group of interested individuals, interested in contributing to a chapter regarding the work we’d done together on crowdsourced solubility measurements and handling of the data. We collaborated via a wiki with a few emails here and there. I believe the result speaks for itself. It’s an excellent article regarding “Beautifying Data in the Real World”.
The book can be pre-ordered here. I’ve browsed through some of the articles already and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the contents of the book. The content is diverse “Join 39 contributors as they explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video.”.