My physical Research Symbiont award arrived! 🏆🐟https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/a-research-symbiont I knew it was a plush fish w/ an attached parasitic lamprey but didn't appreciate the detail that went into the magnetic "interface." [Current Mood: Weird mix of deeply honored and grossed out. 😊🤢]
This question from the @OED FAQ—"How do you know what the definition of a word is?"—strikes me as profound in terms of both lexicography and epistemology. How DOES one know? https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/news-and-press/oxford-dictionaries-faq
The award was primarily in recognition of the work I did with Andrés Monroy-Hernández on the Scratch Research dataset: https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata20172
If you want more context, I recorded a short speech that they showed at the ceremony that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npj-5uYde4U
My student Charlie Kiene spent 6mo with 2 groups of World of Warcraft raid guilds undergoing mergers. One merger led to a thriving community while the other led to complete collapse. Our new #CSCW2018 paper (with Aaron Shaw) tries to explain why. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/why-organizational-culture-matters-for-online-groups
In my #LibrePlanet2018 keynote (https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/libreplanet-2018-keynote) I argued that online collaborative production is shifting from social to market-based arrangements. This paper explores the implications. (As is clear in the talk, part of this paper's results motivated the whole argument!)
My new paper tries to identify some of what is lost as market-based "sharing economy" platforms increasing replace socially-oriented systems based on actual sharing: https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/what-we-lose-when-we-move-from-social-to-market-exchange (The paper was led by @notconfusing who will present it at @CSCW next month!)
Claude Shannon created the "ultimate machine" and kept one on his desk. While I'm in his old office at CASBS, I'm doing the same! It can prompt useful thinking/conversation about AI, agency, cybernetics, homeostatis, etc. And it's super fun! https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons-ghost
I continue to be blown away by the fact that I get to spend this year at CASBSS working in Claude Shannon's old study.🤩 I've written some reflections about Shannon's relationship to communication (the discipline/field) and to my own work. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons-ghost
I'll be moving to Palo Alto next week for a year-long fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford: https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/heading-to-the-bay-area
Let me know if you're around an want to connect!
Although it's never fun to hear your main professional association (ICA) tell you that "you have no friends or colleagues," being able to make one's very first submission to screenshots of despair softens the blow a little. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/i-have-no-friends-or-colleagues https://social.coop/media/zHZl7z50XfzQhVzd4Hs
This is a great talk by @mako if you're interested in peer-production and open source.
Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY&feature=youtu.be
And is very clear on #commons and #P2P (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of #platforms to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't #coop follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here