Events and Workshops

Workshop: Advancing the OCDX and Building a Social Computing Infrastructure

Event: Advancing the Open Collaboration Data Exchange: Building a Social Computing Infrastructure
Date: February 26, 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017
Link: https://cscw.acm.org/2017/program/workshops.php

Open online communities (OOC) have emerged as significant drivers of innovation, economic activity, and social well-being. Scholars and practitioners from different disciplines engage in OOC research to build disciplinary understanding that in turn helps citizens successfully manage and grow OOCs. Research contexts are identical, but differences in data and method frequently prevent the development of coherent understandings across disciplines. To forge coherent understandings across disciplines that study OOCs, this day-long workshop is focused on building technical, social, and methodological infrastructure for sharing: 1) data connected to social computing papers, 2) methods and software built to analyze that data, and 3) a common set of ethical practices built to address issues in social computing research.

At CSCW in 2016, OCDF stakeholders piloted a “Wizard of Oz” data interchange manifest file, which has been developed into the Open Collaboration Data eXchange (OCDX). To further prototype the OCDX, this workshop will help engage the CSCW community to: 1) Scale OCDX tooling to improve the production and discovery of data and 2) advance ongoing design and development efforts (which will include a user-need component of the workshop).

To apply to this workshop, submit a brief statement by to gogginss@missouri.edu outlining:

•  A challenge you encountered working with open, online community data;
•  A short, high level characterization of the research questions you have in open online community research;
•  A description of your technical skills, if any; and
•  Describe how and to what extent you have considered questions of privacy and ethics protecting individuals during research on open online communities.

Workshop: Designing and Building a Space for Innovative Scholarly Practices

Event: ACM Group Workshop: Designing and Building a Space for Innovative Scholarly Practices to Enhance Open Online Community Scholarship
Date: November 2016
Location: Sanibel Island, Florida
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016
Link: http://oldwww.acm.org/conferences/group/conferences/group16/publish.html#workshop

Open online communities play important roles in a wide variety of areas including, but not limited to, software development, knowledge management, education, health, and scientific discovery. Finding ways to bring scholars together to discuss diverse interests and abilities promotes dataset curation and fosters coherent disciplinary understandings of scholarship needs. This workshop will be built on an infrastructure and toolset that enables the sharing of electronic trace data from a wide range of systems, including open online community systems, in such a way that the content, structure and associated analysis tooling for each dataset is explicitly noted in an instance of the OCDX manifest. To enable this process, workshop participants will help to build additional tools on top of and in concert with the OCDX Manifest Engine that includes support for the generation, management, and consumption of OCDX metadata standard derived manifests.

To apply to this workshop, submit a 1-2 page statement by to goggins@missouri.edu outlining:

•  A challenge you encountered working with open, online community data;
•  A short, high level characterization of the research questions you have in open online community research;
•  A description of your technical skills, if any; and
•  Describe how and to what extent you have considered questions of privacy and ethics protecting individuals during research on open online communities.

Breaking Into Data-Spaces

Event: CSCW Workshop: Breaking Into New Data Spaces – Infrastructure for Open Community Science
Date: February 27, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
Link: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Breaking_into_new_Data-Spaces

Despite being easily accessible, open online community (OOC) data can be difficult to use effectively. In order to access and analyze large amounts of data, researchers must first become familiar with the meaning of data values. Then they must find a way to obtain and process the datasets to extract their desired vectors of behavior and content. This process is fraught with problems that are solved (through great difficulty) over and over again by each research team/lab that breaks into datasets for a new OOC.

In this workshop, we’ll experiment with documentation protocols and technologies that are designed to make the process of “breaking into” a new dataset more tractable for researchers studying open online communities. This workshop’s purpose is to bring together researchers to test these systems and discover problems and missed opportunities to support iteration. Participants will also be given the opportunity to use state-of-the-art documentation and technologies to break into a new collection of datasets. This workshop is the direct result of a call to action to build infrastructure for data sharing between researchers from past CSCW workshops and related conferences.

Open Data Factory Symposium

Event: Open Collaboration Data Factory Symposium
Date: May 31 – June 2, 2015
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

The first event hosted under the auspices of the Open Collaboration Data Factory (OCDF), this symposium will bring together scholars from North America and Europe to plan and prototype solutions to problems in the study of open online communities. Attendees will break into three sub-groups based on past events: (1) Data and Ontologies, (2) Ethics and Privacy, and (3) Infrastructure and Technology. Hosted at Copenhagen Business School, this event will mark the beginning of OCDF operations and will be followed by future symposia, hackathons, and data createathons, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary scholars to make breakthroughs by fostering increased instrumentation in the social sciences, data mining, and computer sciences. For questions, please contact Dr. Sean Goggins, University of Missouri or Dr. Susan Winter, University of Maryland.

For Attendees: Information about the event will be provided below as it becomes available:

•  Agenda saved as PDF for download 
•  Accommodations include a block of rooms at the Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel so please visit the hotel site for directions
•  Venue addresses are also saved in a stand-alone file
•  Symposium scenarios are available for each of the working groups
•  The symposium will be held at Copenhagen Business School, and we recommend traveling from Copenhagen Airport to the business school or hotel by Metro

CSCW Collaboration Workshop

Event: CSCW Collaboration Workshop: Bridging the Industry/Academic Divide
Date: March 14, 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Link: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Open_Collaboration_Systems_Workshop

Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia, Imgur, Zooniverse, StackExchange, and Reddit have shown that networked communities of volunteer contributors can produce and maintain immense, valuable public resources. A growing body of work within the CSCW research community has come to recognize novel opportunities and challenges that openness brings with it. For example, this relates to:

•  Distributed production and the need for quality control
•  Maintaining volunteer motivation to participate
•  Distributing the processes for articulation and governance
•  Community maintenance via socializing newcomers

However, findings from these academic studies do not always permeate the boundaries between scholarship and practice. Furthermore, many important phenomena related to peer production are not yet fully understood. This workshop will focus on characterizing areas of research within the domain of Open Collaboration Systems (OCS’s) where partnerships between academic and industry researchers can both increase our scientific understanding of OCS’s and also support those systems through research. This workshop’s purpose is to bring together researchers on both sides of the “data divide” to identify current challenges and opportunities for future research within these research areas, and to develop a preliminary set of requirements for improved resource sharing and collaboration between OC enterprises and academic research institutions.