Why do people participate in small online communities? New paper from @sohwng and @jdfoote, forthcoming in @ACM_CSCW blog.communitydata.science/why

Interested in studying collaborative production in free culture and/or free/open source software? I'm recruiting PhD students to join me at the University of Washington and in my research collective @communitydata. Don't hesitate to reach out if you're curious or if you have any questions.


Posted some reflections on returning to to watch my advisees @kayleachampion and @salt present their research using data from @debian@quitter.se mako.cc/copyrighteous/returnin

If you missed the excellent research presentations by @kayleachampion and @altsalt at last week, a blog post (w/ videos) is up! blog.communitydata.science/com

My research group, the Community Data Science Collective, is now in the Fediverse. You can follow along at @communitydata social.coop/@communitydata/106

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: communitydata.science/

You can find links to the paper Kaylea will be talking about and other material in this blog post about the research published this year:

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Tomorrow at 23:00-23:45 UTC (7pm US Eastern, 4pm US Pacific) @kayleachampion will be presenting her research w/ me on Detecting At-Risk Projects in at : debconf21.debconf.org/talks/23

is online and free and open to anyone. The talk will be "Venue 1" linked to here: debconf21.debconf.org/

@salt I'll follow up with a link the talk when it's available. Until then, a link to the thesis itself is here: digital.lib.washington.edu/res

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My student @salt just gave a great talk on his master's thesis work on "Resilience in FLOSS: Do founder decisions impact development activity after crisis events?" at 'w : debconf21.debconf.org/talks/24

Check out @epimika's awesome new paper in @PLOSMedicine that uses data from California public schools to unpack the effect of healthy food policies on kids from racial/ethic groups that are typically just lumped together into "other" and/or ignored. journals.plos.org/plosmedicine

The proposal builds very closely on the work I've done with everyone at the Community Data Science Collective, especially collaborative work with @aaronshaw, @groceryheist and @kayleachampion, and @healspersecond which provided direct inspiration for the puzzles and the approach. 🙏

So many to thank! The proposal is a direct result of my year attempting to think big at CASBS at Stanford
as well as feedback from folks in the Community Data Science Collective (especially @aaronshaw), Clark Bernier, @margaretlevi..activitypub.actor, and many others.

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In addition a bunch of new research and teaching related to (Wikimedia and Wikia/Fandom), /#opensource, and Reddit, I'm particularly psyched about funds to support new outreach and community-building from my research group w/ companies, non-profits, and more.

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Awesome news! I received a CAREER award from NSF
to support new work to understand the relationship between community lifecycles and governance in a range of digital public goods. I'm excited, grateful, daunted, and grateful. Here's my department's writeup: com.uw.edu/post/benjamin-mako-

I've got a new paper out (led by @kayleachampion)! "Underproduction: An Approach for Measuring Risk in Open Source Software" Write-up on my blog is here: mako.cc/copyrighteous/identify

Another incredible looking course at @UW
next quarter for graduate students interested in social computing!
RT @amyxzh
Thanks everyone for your helpful input! Here's my reading list for my grad social computing course: social.cs.washington.edu/cse59 hope it's useful to others out there (tho much is missing), and I'd still appreciate more pointers to lit or other writing/media you think would be great. https://t…

I still hope that the FSF will emerge from this as a better organization. (7/7)

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I have nothing but compassion, empathy, and gratitude for those who are still at the FSF—especially the staff—who are continuing to work silently toward making the FSF better under intense public pressure. (6/7)

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