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. Slides: 2008 - ICWSM - Marc Smith - Some Dimensions Of…

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Workshop on Research 2.0

A while back I posted links to some research on Web 2.0 tools and scientific collaboration. For anyone who might be interested, there is a Workshop on Research 2.0 offered as part of the next Conference on e-Social Science. The…

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The Next Social Revolution

Clay Shirky posted his talk from last week’s Web 2.0 conference as a wonderful piece on what he calls social surplus – extra cognitive capacity that people don’t know how to spend at first. He argues that our next revolution is the shift from spending our spare cognitive cycles consuming content – watching TV – to spending our spare cognitive cycles consuming, producing, and sharing content.

It’s an interesting train of thought. I particularly like the bit at the end:

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Social Media and Scientific Collaboration

I saw an article posted to Slashdot yesterday about how scientists are using Web 2.0 tools to facilitate collaboration. The original piece, published in Scientific American, offers some food for thought around these parts. The article is pretty basic, but…

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Interdisciplinary Communication

I had the opportunity to chat with Michael Joroff of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning the other day, and we had an interesting conversation about the importance of being able to bridge boundaries between disciplines. He said the world has come to the point where the most successful people are multi-lingual – that is, able to converse with people from a variety of different spheres of knowledge. Such people are ideally positioned to serve as integrators of diverse and previously separate information. These integrators can therefore synthesize advances in different fields, create innovative solutions to both long-standing and newly relevant problems, and serve as collaborative bridges between related but disconnected disciplines. This puts these individuals in a powerful position indeed.

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