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It took us way too long but the Community Data Science Collective finally has a home in the Fediverse! Hello!

We're a research collective (made up mostly of academic types) that studies peer production, new forms of organizing, cooperation, and online communities. We study a range of communities... including the Fediverse!

Lots more online:

All communities are learning communities! Join us, @denaefordrobin, and @ReginaRCheng on September 30 for a conversation on empowering learners and mentors

We are lucky enough to have worked with a soccer team sized group of undergraduate research assistants for the past few months.

Congratulations to @groceryheist for winning the @UWComm dissertation award and to @kayleachampion for winning the graduate teaching award!

CDSC member @sohwng joined a bonfire chat on content moderation on Discord with @darc_mode. Video online:

Online communities are deeply interconnected and interdependent.

@jdfoote argues that systems theory can help us to study interdependencies, and that online platforms have the sort of data that is enabling really exciting new research.

We are coming to Paris for next week! Check out this blog post to get stickers and see presentations by @groceryheist @carlcolglazier @FloorFiers @jdfoote @kayleachampion @makoshark and @aaronshaw! @icahdq

A "hybrid" course at in which the instructor and all registered (paying) attendees were remote. Someone was guarding the door to make sure nobody snuck in to watch the Zoom session being projected to the completely empty room.

The work was led by @sejal_khatri and the team included @sayamindu, @aaronshaw, and @makoshark. Lots of help and thanks to the @Wikipedia contributors who generously shared their time and advice!

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This new paper explains why one Wikipedia language edition engaged contributors more effectively than two others from neighboring states in India. The answer: Broader social and cultural context matters for online communities!

In February we ran our first Community Dialogue event! Read about how it went and how you can get involved in the future:

Amazing guest lectures at @UWComm's online communities class this week! @kayleachampion presented several of her papers on anonymity seeking in peer production and @sohwng talked about why people participate in small communities. Class syllabus here:

Fool's gold? The perils of using online survey samples to study online behavior. (Why survey samples from AMT might not be a representative of broader populations).

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A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.