PAPER: ICWSM 2009 – Distinguishing Knowledge vs Social Capital in Social Media with Roles and Context

ICWSM 2009 in San Jose

Our (Vladimir D. Barash, Marc Smith, Lise Getoor, Howard T. Welser ) poster paper, Distinguishing Knowledge vs Social Capital in Social Media with Roles and Context  has been accepted and published at the 2009 ICWSM (International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media) conference which will be held in San Jose, California this May 17, 2009 – May 20, 2009.

Abstract
Social media communities (e.g. Wikipedia, Flickr, Live Q&A) give rise to distinct types of content, foremost among which are relational content (discussion, chat) and factual content (answering questions, problem-solving). Both users and researchers are increasingly interested in developing strategies that can rapidly distinguish these types of content. While many text-based and structural strategies are possible, we extend two bodies of research that show how social context, and the social roles of answerers can predict content type.  We test our framework on a dataset of manually labeled contributions to Microsoft’s Live Q&A and find that it reliably extracts factual and relational messages from the data.

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Conference: 2009 International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media in San Jose

ICWSM 2009 in San Jose

Another conference focused on research on blogs and other forms of social media is “ICWSM” – the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.  I was able to attend the previous meeting of this conference last March in Seattle and give a talk about different classifications of social media and I am looking forward to attending this year’s meeting in San Jose.  Last year we had a poster paper in the conference about the ways some users in a blog system called Wallop were able to hold other users in the system.

Some Users Pack a Wallop: Measuring the Impact of Core Users on the Participation of Others in Online Social Systems
Thomas M. Lento, Eric Gleave, Marc A. Smith, Howard T. Welser
2008 ICWSM - Some Users Pack A Wallop

There was also a paper about the lessons learned from managing large corporate online community efforts.

Space Planning for Online Community
Danyel Fisher, Tammara Combs Turner, Marc A. Smith

This year, we have a poster in the conference that is focused on the ways network structures created when people reply to one another can be used to predict whether a message or thread is a question and answer exchange or a long discussion or debate.

Distinguishing Knowledge vs. Social Capital in Social Media with Roles and Context
Vladimir Barash, Marc Smith, Lise Getoor, Howard Welser

The conference attracts some great people and features the state of the art in research at the intersections of computer science, natural language processing, social network analysis, search engine/information retrieval design, information visualization, knowledge management and the social sciences.  That can be eclectic but this is the place for hearing about new work on Wikis, Blogs, Message Boards, and other social media systems like social networking services, micro-blogging systems, and mobile software.

2009 ICWSM in San Jose

The conference is held this year in May, from the 17th-20th, in San Jose, California.

Here are my pictures from last year’s ICWSM in 2008, held in Seattle, Washington.

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There is also a nice picture from Joe McCarthy of Tom Lento and me in front of our poster at ICWSM 2008.

Tom Lento and Marc Smith @ ICWSM 2008
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Video: Some dimensions of social media talk at ICWSM 2008

International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) 2008


Some dimensions of social media
Marc Smith

Talk reviews sociological concepts of social media and visualizations of computer-mediated collective behavior.

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