The Cooperation Project
Under the auspices of Paul Saffo's Institute for the Future, and supported by Howard Rheingold and the Smart Mobs weblog crew, this initiative aims 'to catalyze the interdisciplinary study of cooperation'. Their first publication was: "Toward a new literacy of cooperation in business". Focusing on cooperation-amplifying technologies, they distinguish: 1) self-organising mesh networks; 2) community computing grids; 3) peer production networks; 4) social mobile computing; 5) group-forming networks; 6) social software; 7) social accounting tools; 8) knowledge collectives.
The overview essay is at http://www.rheingold.com/cooperation/Technology_of_cooperation.pdf, the project is explained at http://www.rheingold.com/cooperation/CooperationProject_3_30_05.pdf The Cooperation project produced a very useful 'overview map', outlining the interrelationships between the various forms of social software.
It sponsored a first course at the Stanford Humanities Lab: http://shl.stanford.edu/hum202_syllabus.html