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- Try out Habitbug!
One of the things that’s been interesting to us for a while now is how we can use our friends to help us get things done – friendsourcing. (See some example previous posts here, here, here, and here.) We’re excited to launch habitbug, which is a Twitter app that helps you form and maintain habits [...]
- Converging Online Education and Online Journalism
The Neiman Journalism Lab recently collected a number of opinions on interesting trends in online journalism. You can read the whole set here, but for those too lazy to click, here’s my own contribution. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are widely believed to be revolutionizing education. But I think they also suggest some really interesting [...]
- Two Funny Things at the 2012 International Semantic Web Conference
I spent last week at the 2012 International Semantic Web Conference. This conference addresses the important topic of structured data on the web. I had two “funny” experiences; one humorous and one peculiar. At the beginning of the conference, I was amused to see that ISWC, whose central theme is linking the web’s data together [...]
- “Living with Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities”, Jeffrey Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat, Google Inc.
As part of the Big Data Lecture Series — Fall 2012, Google’s Jeff Dean gave a talk on how Google manages to deliver services which involve managing huge amounts of data. In order to make things work over the distributed infrastructure of Google’s several data-centers, they use services and sub-services. Each service uses a protocol to communicate [...]
- Faculty Summits and Industy-Faculty Collaborations
By some statistical fluke this summer I got invitations to and attended faculty summits at Google, Microsoft, and Facebook within a period of two weeks. All were well run and a lot of fun, but left me wondering whether there are better ways to foster collaborations between faculty and these great companies. Each company put [...]
- Congress, the NSF, and Social Science Research
For the past few weeks I’ve been following the Monkey Cage blog as it has followed the vote by the House of Representatives to prohibit the National Science Foundation (NSF) from funding Political Science research. These days I tend to roll my eyes and feel helpless when Congress takes silly positions for political reasons (though [...]
- To improve the CHI conference, would you share which talks you attended?
I’m having a great time at CHI (including my first time two-stepping today) but I strongly believe, as Jonathan Grudin asserted today, that we can make use of data to improve the conference. I’ve already analyzed historical data that demonstrates that we can substantially reduce reviewer workload. We’ve also created a way you can use [...]
- For CHI 2012: Discussion Forums in the Document Margins
Would you like some feedback on your CHI paper? We’ve set up a site to let people read and comment on it. On Wednesday at CHI, we’ll be presenting our paper on nb, a discussion forum situated in the margins of documents being discussed. Its original intended usage was for discussion of classroom lecture notes, [...]
- Allocating CHI reviewers, a sequel
Last year I used an analysis of CHI review data to argue that we could save a lot of reviewers’ time on low quality papers by modiyfing our review process. With all the current talk of the value of replication, I figured it was worth testing the same procedure with this year’s review data, which [...]
- Forums in the Document Margins for Classes and Reading Groups
This year at CHI we’ll be presenting a paper on nb, a tool that lets students have forum-style threaded discussions in the margins of pdf documents. We’ve posted it in advance at the link above in hopes of getting some comments on it that can help us prepare our presentation. We’re also making nb available [...]