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Want to join me in the Community Data Science Collective? It's PhD admission season and my research collective (@comdatasci) is doing a group Q&A about PhD admissions this Friday (November 5th). We've got room in the session so please sign up to join us!

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Today at @sohwng will be speaking about why people participate in small online communities at 14:30 (ET).

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If you're at today, you can catch @groceryheist talking about algorithmic flagging, fairness, and @Wikipedia at 12:00 (ET) today.

Thank you so much @richlitt and others at @DigInfFund for helping put it together!

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Check out this a very slick podcast about research led by @kaylechampion on measuring "underproduction" in free/libre open source software (i.e., identifying when the important stuff isn't as good as it should be). Thanks to the @DigInfFund folks for putting it together!
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The excellent @kayleachampion and @makoshark join us in our second episode to talk about their work on over- and under-production of OSS, and how to …

We undermine our own advocacy by not leading by example when we can. @mako's seminal essay makes the great point at we cannot allow ourselves to be at the whim of the companies whose tooling we do not control.
By ceding control to proprietary platforms, we set ourselves up for failure when they inevitably fall down or ask for more.

Why do people participate in small online communities? New paper from @sohwng and @jdfoote, forthcoming in @ACM_CSCW

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

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

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

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:

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 :

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

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

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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 :

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.

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,, and many others.

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Benjamin Mako Hill's choices:

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