• WebSci16

    I’ve been mighty quiet on this blog for the last year, the reason for which is a new arrival and maternity leave :) As the perceptive reader will have noticed, all has not been completely silent on the research front: I took a short paper to WebSci16 this week, which also marked my first work-related travel since baby arrived. It was a flying visit, just overnight, and went well both in terms of the work...

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  • Social Machines in Practice: Solutions, Stakeholders and Scopes

    Today I'll be presenting a paper at Web Science 2016, one that I wrote with some good folk who like myself have been involved in the construction of social machines. We wanted to reflect on our experiences to draw out overall lessons about factors that are relevant for social machine success and failure. Here's the abstract: This paper frames social machines as problem solving entities, demonstrating how their ecosystems address multiple stakeholders’ problems. It enumerates...

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  • Mac OS X El Capitan upgrade: backup reminders first!

    Having just upgraded to Mac OS X El Capitan -- which, by the by, is treating me well -- I have one gotcha to share. Its in the title of this post: make sure you backup your reminders first, at least assuming that you don't have 'em on iCloud. My experience may or may not be the norm, but what happened for me is that everything was absoutely fine... except that post-upgrade, all of my...

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  • WebSci'15

    As per my previous post about building and observing social machines, I had the pleasure of travelling to Oxford a few weeks ago for Web Science 2015. As a resident of the south of England, this is the closest to home that WebSci has ever been for me! It was, of course, wonderful to catch up with old friends and new. Meanwhile, here are some observations on the structure of the conference, its content, and...

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  • Building and observing social machines

    I am delighted to be heading to Oxford for the 7th Web Science conference, ACM Web Science 2015. Thus far, I've never missed a WebSci; it is pleasing to maintain this trend! I'm author on two papers at the conference this year. It was my privilege to lead one reporting on work we've done in PRICE, a project about how we can involve collaborators more equally in inclusive research. I am also very pleased to...

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