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Workshops during the General Online Research 05
given by Pro. Dr. Chris Snijders
1.) title of the workshop:
Working with MSR Community Tools and related social software
2.) duration of the workshop:
Preise (voll/ermäßigt) / Price (full/reduced): 90,- EUR / 25,-
4.) target groups:
Social scientists, community hosts and managers, HCI, CSCW
5.) Is the workshop prepared for an exclusively German language
or an international audience?
English only (sorry)
6.) workshop language:
7.) Description of the content of the workshop:
Workshop description: The Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group
has constructed a set of tools available to the public. In this workshop
I will review these systems and explore the ways that they can be used
to further a number of research agendas. Tools include the Netscan system
for reporting social accounting meta-data about Usenet newsgroups, the
SNARF application for analyzing Outlook and reporting and navigating email
based on "social sorting", the Netscan Data Archive DVD which
includes a small sample Usenet metadata dataset and a copy of the Usenet
Views Treemapper application, and the AURA and SLAM mobile handheld applications.
8.) goals of the workshop:
Familiarity with tools and data set available from Microsoft Research
Community Technologies Group as well as work in related areas from other
9.) necessary previous knowledge:
Interest in online social spaces like Usenet newsgroups, web boards, email
lists, chat rooms, collective tagging and content creation and sharing
10.) literature that has to be read for participation:
11.) additional literature
C., Smith, M. A., Fisher, D., and Welser, H. T. (2005). Picturing Usenet:
Mapping computer-mediated collective action. Journal of Computer Mediated
Communication, 10(4), article 7.
Carman Neustaedter, A.J.
Bernheim Brush, Marc A. Smith, Danyel Fisher. The Social Network and Relationship
Finder: Social Sorting for Email Triage CEAS 2005.
Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Marc A. Smith, Beyond "From"
and "Received": Exploring the Dynamics of Email Triage CHI 2005,
Bernheim Brush, Tammara Combs Turner; Marc A. Smith; Neeti Gupta, Scanning
Objects in the Wild: Assessing an Object Triggered Information System
Bernheim Brush, Xiaoqing Wang, Tammara Combs Turner, and Marc A. Smith,
Assessing Differential Usage of Usenet Social Accounting Meta-Data CHI
Smith, Marc A. - Tools for navigating large social cyberspaces, Communications
of the ACM, 2002.
Smith, Marc A., J Ubois, UC Berkeley, BM Gross, Forward Thinking, Conference
on Email and Antispam 2005.
Marc, Duncan Davenport, Howard Hwa. "AURA: A mobile platform for
object and location annotation", in Ubicomp 2003.
Byron and Marc Smith. "Inhabitant’s uses and reactions to Usenet
social accounting data", in Inhabited Information Spaces, Snowden
and Churchill, 2003.
Fernanda B., Marc Smith. "Newsgroup Crowds and AuthorLines: Visualizing
the Activity of Individuals in Conversational Cyberspaces", HICSS
2004. [Best Paper: Persistent Conversation Minitrack]
Andrew, Scott Lee Teirnan, Marc Smith. "Observed Behavior and Perceived
Value of Authors in Usenet Newsgroups: Bridging the Gap", 2001.
Andrew and Marc Smith. "Tree Map Visualizations of Newsgroups",
Marc and Andrew Fiore. "Visualization components for persistent conversations",
in ACM SIG CHI 2001.
Marc. "Some social implications of ubiquitous wireless networks"
ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review, April 200, Vol.4 No. 2
Marc, JJ Cadiz, Byron Burkhalter, Conversation Trees and Threaded Chats,
Marc and Peter Kollock. Communities in Cyberspace: Perspectives on New
Forms of Social Organization. London, Routledge Press, 1999.
Outline of the book.
Marc. “Invisible Crowds in Cyberspace: Measuring and Mapping the
Social Structure of USENET” in Communities in Cyberspace, edited
by Marc Smith and Peter Kollock. London, Routledge Press, 1999
Marc. “Voices from the WELL: The Logic of the Virtual Commons”
Unpublished manuscript, 1992
Peter, and Marc Smith. 1999. "Introduction: Communities in Cyberspace."
Pp. 3-25 in Communities
in Cyberspace, edited by Marc Smith and Peter Kollock. London: Routledge
Peter and Marc Smith. "Managing the Virtual Commons: Cooperation
and Conflict in Computer Communities." Computer-Mediated
Communication, edited by S. Herring. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1996.
Smith, Marc, Shelly Farnham, Steven Drucker. “The
Social Life of Small Graphical Chats” in ACM SIG CHI 2000
Dave Vronay, Smith, Marc, Steven Drucker. “Chat
as a Streaming Media Type” in ACM UIST 1999
Xiong, Rebecca ; Smith, Marc ; Drucker, Steven. "Visualizations
of Collaborative Information for End-Users". Microsoft Technical
12.) information about the workshop organizer:
Marc Smith is a research sociologist at Microsoft Research specializing
in the social organization of online communities. He leads the Community
Technologies Group at MSR.
He is the co-editor of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection
of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop
in online groups.
Smith's research focuses on the ways group dynamics change when they take
place in social cyberspaces. Many groups in cyberspace produce public
goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers
see: http://www.research.microsoft.com/~masmith). Smith's goal is to visualize
these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics
and life cycles. He has developed a web interface http://netscan.research.microsoft.com)
to the "Netscan" engine that allows researchers studying Usenet
newsgroups to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting,
thread length and frequency distributions of activity.
This research offers a means to gather historical data on the development
of social cyberspaces and can be used to highlight the ways these groups
differ from, or are similar to, face-to-face groups. Smith is applying
this work to the development of a generalized community platform for Microsoft,
providing a web based system for groups of all sizes to discuss and publish
their material to the web.
Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University
in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University
in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001.
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