IThink 01/17/2009

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  • According to a recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life project (Lenhardt &
    Madden, 2005), more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly onethird
    of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced. In many cases, these
    teens are actively involved in what we are calling participatory cultures.A participatory culture is
    a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support
    for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what
    is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices.A participatory culture is also
    one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection
    with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have
    created). Forms of participatory culture include:

    tags: collaboration, learning, 21stcentury

  • The Digging into Data Challenge is an international grant competition sponsored by four leading research agencies, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the United Kingdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from Canada.

    What is the “challenge” we speak of? The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to answer the question “what do you do with a million books?” Or a million pages of newspaper? Or a million photographs of artwork? That is, how does the notion of scale affect humanities and social science research? Now that scholars have access to huge repositories of digitized data — far more than they could read in a lifetime — what does that mean for research?

    tags: data, mining, digital, humanities

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Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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