Here is an interesting article evaluating social networking site's potential for civic engagement. Byrne analyzes discussion forums on one popular black social networking site, BlackPlanet ,and indicates that members are interested in discussing black community issues in these forums. However, these online social networking resources are not mobilized toward civic engagement.
I like Byrne's research method and design in this paper. For instance, in order to evaluate...
The CCTE program has a new faculty member joining in the Fall: Sandra Okita from the AAA Lab at Stanford (here are some of her papers: 1 and 2). I had the pleasure of seeing her job talk and it was excellent- nice move for TC!
Just a heads up: TCR will now store some additional data. Every time a user views an article, the site logs the user, the article, the time, and whether or not the user had permission to view the content.
I hope this will give us some much needed data to drive our vision of TCR 2.0. I'd like to see these series of decisions be motivated by careful analysis of user behavior. Unfortunately, I have little or no knowledge of how market research firms go about this process. So I'll be taking a shot at the dark.
The goal of the current data collection is to see if users can be broken up in...
It looks like the field known as the Learning Sciences (governed by ISLS, the International Society of the Learning sciences, which publishes the Journal of the Learning Sciences and the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), is gaining steam. Hui Soo,
If interested, you will find the slides here from our presentation at AOIR/Vancouver:
I'd like to share an R&D center that I think is doing really interesting work. I first bumped into the Sloan Center for Internet Retailing when the director emailed me for information on Second Look, a project I am developing that is a research platform for Second Life. I then bumped into the Sloan Center when I read this New Y...
Check out this narrated animation about the spread of obesity through social networks. In short, the study found that, "Network phenomena appear to be relevant to the biologic and behavioral trait of obesity, and obesity appears to spread through social ties."
You can read the complete study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It sounds like
One of the nice things about working out of a University is having access to tons of expensive content that you don't have to buy directly. I came across JupiterResearch (link via Proxy), which does research on the Internet and emerging consumer technologies. They have a lot of research that could be helpful for both NetGen research and Channel research. Here are some of the reports they have recently put-out:
Check out this paper from the HP Information Dynamics Laboratory. The researchers, Fu and Huberman, conduct an analysis of Digg to explore the dynamics of collective attention in the virtual sphere. They discovered that most stories in Digg lost their "novelty appeal" within 69 minutes. This finding is not surprising given the way that Digg organizes it stories. However, the researchers assert that the results can also be interpreted to...
The first paper on the NED project has been completed! If you are interested, download the Word doc.
One interesting bit about co-authoring this paper was using Google Docs to write it concurrently with Matthew and Hui Soo. I've used Google Docs for stand-alone writing, but never used the concurrence capabiliti...