Year in Reviews

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 is to blog more, so here I am, reviving this blog from its two year silence!
So, why am I doing this, besides the obvious punny-ness? I thought it might be illuminating to share some short excerpts that I’ve received in reviews this year – sentences that have made me [...]

Notes from CHI: Health Care Panel

I’ve been attending the CHI conference in Vancouver this week, presenting some of my work on database user interfaces. It was interesting to attend Tuesday’s “Re-Engineering Health Care with Information Technology” panel and hear about what appears to be one of the biggest application areas for database UIs on the planet: Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). [...]

Which CHI talks should I see?

Although I’ve been going to CHI for a few years, I still feel like something of a foreigner, not certain which talks to attend.  Many of my friends and colleagues probably have a much better idea than I of which talks are given by speakers I would like and which offer insights I would find [...]

The Trouble with {The Trouble with Social Computing Systems Research}

A few weeks ago, I finished writing a thought piece with Mark Ackerman, Ed Chi, and Rob Miller about the state of systems research in social cheap viagra canada computing. It grew out of conversations with a lot of researchers in the area, and examines questions of novelty, evaluation, and the industry/academia question in the [...]

Seeking Users for Two Knight News Challenge Projects

We’ve gotten the news that both our Knight News Challenge proposals have made it through the first round.   Both projects propose to deploy systems that we think will be useful to bloggers of all sorts, but particularly of a journalistic bent.  I’m continuing to seek users interested in alpha testing these tools.  That means you [...]

Facebook’s ‘Like’ button makes me lonely

As a researcher, I expect myself to make mistakes all the time. It’s sort of par for the course, and a great way to learn. You build little tests to try out social designs, learn, and move on.  But before a company like Facebook is willing to deal with a huge firestorm of privacy issues, [...]

Open government: will too much mean none at all?

I just finished reading O’Reilly Radar’s latest post on this week’s open government initiatives, and found myself quite daunted by the sheer number of efforts to open up different government activities to public scrutiny and participation.   Obviously, there’s too much going on here for a single interested academic to keep up with.   We can [...]

Judge a book by its cover? Maybe. A news site? Definitely!

We would all like to believe that we judge the quality of a newspaper article by its content.  Yesterday at the Web Science Conference (which is co-hosted with WWW 2010), Jeffrey Treem presented some interesting work he has been doing with Kristin Thomas that suggests content quality is not our only metric.  Treem’s work starts [...]

A Torrent of Tweets: Getting control over your Twitter feed

MIT Technology Review just covered some of the research I’ve been doing with the good folks at PARC to help you manage an overwhelming Twitter feed. The idea is to let you focus just on the parts of the feed you care about: read just the posts about design or jQuery, and filter out all [...]

diversity in online groups

even though it feels like years ago, when we went to chi in atlanta last april, we saw a lot of good talks.  here’s one from jilin chen at the university of minnesota, who presented on ”the effects of diversity on group productivity and member withdrawal in online volunteer groups.”
if we think about any of a [...]