Understanding social computing participation with visual exploration tools

TitleUnderstanding social computing participation with visual exploration tools
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsShneiderman B
Conference NameInternational Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems, 2009. CTS '09
Date Published2009/05/18/22
ISBN Number978-1-4244-4584-4
KeywordsApplication software, Books, Collaborative tools, Computer science, Data visualization, Educational institutions, History, International collaboration, Social network services, Sociotechnical systems

The rapid growth of socio-technical systems, social media and social networking websites has raised the importance of understanding the determinants of their success. The pressure to understand success is increased by the shift from playful discretionary applications to mission critical applications in government, business, and civic settings. These include homeland defense, energy sustainability, environmental conservation, disaster response, and community safety. Information visualization tools and statistical methods can both be helpful, but their utility grows when they are well-integrated. This talk will demonstrate novel tools for network evolution and offer a framework for thinking about motivating technology-mediated social participation.