KredibleNet Workshop at Stanford University

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 On October 18, 2013 I co-organized a workshop in collaboration with MediaX (Martha Russell) and Social Media Research Foundation (Marc Smith) on Trust, Authority, and Credibility at IRISS, on the Stanford campus, in Palo Alto. My co-PIs on the NSF grant that made the workshop possible, Elisa Bertino and Chuanhai Liu were also present, as was our collaborator Luo Si. Michael Zhu, our colleague from the Statistics department supported us from Beijing, where he is on sabbatical. Of course, nothing would’ve happened without the diligent support of our graduate students, Wutao Wei and Jeremy Foote. The workshop  continued the work started at Purdue University in April, with the goal to set up a forward looking agenda for understanding how knowledge and trust, online collaboration, roles, and credibility emerge in social media. A central aim of the workshop is to create a community of scholars interested in exploring issues such as:

  1. How do author feedback and incentive structures influence participation and value creation in reputable social media content creation?

  2. How does curation infrastructure influence the credibility of content and the perception of trustworthiness?

  3. What types of statistical strategies or procedures need to be used to better understand how social media roles emerge, function, generate valuable content, accrue trust and inspire credibility?

  4. What new approaches need to be employed to make such strategies successful in the context of very large datasets, especially those which include a time dimension?

  5. What emerging strategies can most successfully handle mixed data, which includes linkages between cases/nodes and node attributes?

  6. How can graph analysis be combined with traditional statistical approaches to handle such complex data?

  7. What are the most profitable, forward looking, high-risk but high-payoff procedures in these areas?

  8. What computational tools and algorithms should be used or created for handling these types of analyses and datasets?

  9. What advances in computer science are most likely to foster a revolution in the statistical analysis of large social media datasets, especially when trying to explain the emergence of new functional roles, detecting credibility or trust online?

  10. What kinds of tools, especially net-centric tools, should be used for making massive computational resources available to the average social science researcher or the avid content author to perform new types of statistical analyses demanded by large social media datasets?

Contributions to the workshop, which can be visualized online at, will be summarized as a book in the Computational Social Science series at Springer Verlag.

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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  • January 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm


    The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Command Control Communications – Tactical is hosting a virtual conference on Feb 12 about digital collaboration. We are planning 12 sessions throughout the daylong event and expect to attract about 1,000 participants.

    We are inviting you to present the findings of your book, Virtual sociability: From Community to Communitas.

    Because the conference is virtual, no travel is required. We use Adobe Connect to host the sessions. Presenters login to the meeting room via a URL and present over their system.

    This is a link to an article about our Nov conference.

    Please contact me at or 443-395-6755 to further discuss.

    Brett Lovelace


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