This October 18, 2013 an NSF funded workshop called Kredible.Net to be held at Stanford University will bring together researchers studying reputation and social roles in social media.
The workshop will help researchers investigate how social media, especially Wikipedia articles and editors, shape public knowledge. The project aims to build a research community and to propose a research agenda for the study of reputation and authority in informal knowledge markets, such as Wikipedia.
Below is one of the few videos of the late sociologist Peter Kollock giving a lecture that I know of. It is a great example of Peter’s style: entertaining and rich with ideas and insights. The video captures Peter’s talk at Howard Rheingold’s Stanford class on “Literacy of Cooperation” – a review of computer-mediated collective action in Winter 2005. Peter speaks about strategies to avoid or resolve social dilemmas, covering the Tragedy of the Commons and Prisoner’s Dilemma situations, and applying these concepts to social media and Internet collective action.
A podcast from the Yi-Tan conference call was devoted to a discussion of Peter Kollock’s work.
If you know of additional videos of Peter, please send them my way! marc-at-connectedaction-dot-net
Bring a laptop (running Windows and Office 2007 or 2010) to this workshop and you can be analyzing a social media network from systems like Twitter, flickr, YouTube and your own email by the end of the day. If you can make a pie-chart in Excel, using the free and open NodeXL (http://nodexl.codeplex.com) you can now make a rich network graph from data extracted from social media systems and other common formats. If you have a network, bring it, if not you can bring a suggested topic that we can map during the course of the day.
Even if you leave your laptop behind or have a Mac (sorry, no version is yet available for MacOS – unless you have a virtual machine with Windows and Office) this workshop will introduce the core concepts of network science with application to social networks in general and social media networks in particular. Applied to a range of topics and services, social media network maps can illuminate a variety of “publics” – populations who share a common interest and may share connections. Maps of topics like “oil spill”, “global warming” and other issue and event related keywords can reveal the groups and factions that cluster around different concepts and terms. Key contributors in these maps can be identified through the application of network measurements that capture various aspects of a person’s location in a network graph.
Social media and virtual worlds offer two important frontiers for measuring earned engagement. In both, audiences are actively engaged as participants. This workshop covered foundational concepts in media measurement, describe new frontiers in measuring audience engagement in social media and virtual worlds, and provided hands-on experience in using new analytical tools.
This session also provided a walk through the basic operation of NodeXL, including generation of social networks from social media data sources like personal e-mail (drawing data from the Windows Desktop Search engine) and the Twitter social network micro-blogging system. Arbitrary edge lists (anything that can be pasted into Excel) can be visualized and analyzed in NodeXL. Attendees were encouraged to bring an edge list of interest. Sample data sets were provided.
I will lead a workshop with Martha Russell on social network analysis of social media as part of the Stanford Media X Summer Institute on New Metrics for New Media: Analytics for Social Media and Virtual Worldsthis Summer. I am looking forward to working with the folks at Media X which hosts a range of cutting edge events devoted to exploring the newest trends in technology and society.
It is also worth noting that the traveling exhibit “Places and Spaces” will be displayed through the MEDIA X program at Stanford until December 18th, 2009. There is a May 18, 5-6:30pm Reception in Wallenberg Hall on the campus. The show includes an image I worked on with Danyel Fisher and Tony Capone that represents an overview of Usenet newsgroups.
“The Places & Spaces exhibit, at Wallenberg Hall has two components. The physical component is available for display and allows for close visual inspection through high-quality prints. It is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how best to track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It includes hand-on science maps for children. The online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of why these maps work.” [Link]
There will be a reception following the May 18 Seminar that will include Jeff Heer and students, Katy Borner (virtual presence) and other mapmakers of the Places & Spaces exhibit.