***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Please forward as appropriate. http://interactionworkshop2007.blogspot.com/2007/04/call-for-participants-flyer.html * Thursday, June 28th at 1pm * ============================== On the campus of Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan Interaction in Online Communities --------------------------------- From Data Collection to Research Results A workshop at the Third Annual Communities and Technologies Conference 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Workshop weblog: http://interactionworkshop2007.blogspot.com Conference web site: https://ebusiness.tc.msu.edu/cct2007/ To Register: ============ https://ebusiness.tc.msu.edu/cct2007/registration/ Featured Panelists: =================== Juan Carlos Barahona, MIT Brian Butler, University of Pittsburgh Dan Cosley, Cornell University Hank Green, UIUC/NCSA Matthew Hurst, Microsoft Dan Huttenlocher, Cornell University Bob Kraut, CMU Cliff Lampe, Michigan State University Cameron Marlow, Yahoo Research Paul Resnick, U Michigan Workshop description: ===================== The scope and complexity of the data from online communities provides unprecedented insight into how social interaction unfolds in real groups. Rich longitudinal data on the content and structure of social interaction is now available, but only if researchers can effectively extract, organize and make sense of it. This workshop will focus on methods, tools, and techniques for overcoming the challenges associated with each stage of processing large scale interaction data from online communities. Processing includes: * Data collection: scraping and saving raw data from online communities * Data management: parsing the data into a format that can be queried effectively * Dataset and sample construction: extracting subsets of the data which can be processed by analytical tools * Analysis: analyzing the data and producing results Panelists will describe and demonstrate some or all of these methods in the context of their research. The workshop will emphasize generally applicable techniques that participants could apply to other projects. The workshop will include discussions on: 1. Methods employed to overcome specific issues with the data during a particular project, which other researchers might be able to use in their own work. 2. General approaches to parsing, managing, and analyzing large-scale data, which the presenter has found useful in a variety of settings or for a general class of data. Participants with experience in this area of research are encouraged to discuss their own work - either challenges they have overcome which might help other participants, or challenges that they are facing and would like to discuss. We would like this workshop to help researchers at all levels get a sense of how to apply the tools and techniques available for analyzing this type of data to their own research. Those who are just getting started are asked to bring their questions. Panelists and other participants will have a variety of good answers! ORGANIZERS AND CONTACT INFO =========================== Thomas M. Lento is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Cornell University, and a contract researcher with the Community and Technologies Group at Microsoft Research. His research interests focus on social network topologies, diffusion, contagion, and the spread of rumor in online networks, particularly weblog and threaded discussion networks. His recent work examines the effect of social network position on retention in a weblogging system. [log in to unmask] Howard T. Welser is a Post Doctoral Researcher in the Institute for Social Sciences at Cornell University, and will be, effective September 2007, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. His research investigates how micro-level processes generate collective outcomes, with application to status achievement in avocations, development of institutions and social roles, the emergence of cooperation, and network structure in computer mediated interaction. His recent work has focused on the intersection of participation and network structure in online discussion groups, blogs, and Wikipedia. [log in to unmask] Eric Gleave is a sociology graduate student at the University of Washington. His research projects include developing network methods, the demographic and structural bases for early modern revolts, simulation studies of cooperation and corruption, and discerning social roles in online discussion spaces. [log in to unmask] Marc A. 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). [log in to unmask] _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.