Social Machines Weekend
"Once upon a time 'machines' were programmed by programmers and used by users..."
"The success of the Web has changed this relationship: we now see configurations of people interacting with content and with each other, blurring the line between computations performed by machine logic and algorithms, and those that result from input by humans, arising from their own psychological processes and life experience."
"Rather than drawing a line through such Web-based systems to separate the human and digital parts (as computer science has traditionally done), we can now draw a line around them and treat each such compound as a 'social machine', a machine in which the two aspects are seamlessly interwoven.".
Wikipedia is undoubtedly one of these - but what others?
How can such systems be designed from scratch, and to what ends?
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Calling sociologists, virtual community designers, collaboration designers, social media theorists, online community managers, and anyone else interested in online communities and user experience: You're invited to the Wikimania Social Machines Weekend.
This event will feature semi-structured round-table style discussions, including teleconferences from notable people within the Wikimedia Foundation. Bring a laptop to participate fully.
The aim is to attract attendees working in and around (or just simply interested in) a variety of fields including social technology, community management, user experience design, MMO design, and distributed collaboration. Discussions aim to explore the interface between the various aspects of machine and human factors that come together in producing online social spaces and collaborative environments.
For more background see Main Page/Social Machines.
Time and Location
Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th May
10am - 5pm BST, lunch 1 - 2pm
Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days.
The Barbican Centre
Notes from the weekend are available on the Etherpad.
Day One: 24 May
General discussion on Social Machines. What can Wikipedia learn from other communities? What can other communities learn from Wikipedia?
- 11:00am BST - Jessie Wild, Global Learning & Evaluation at The Wikimedia Foundation
- 2:30pm BST - Philippe Beaudette, Director of Community Advocacy at The Wikimedia Foundation
- 3:30pm BST - Aaron Halfaker, Research Scientist at The Wikimedia Foundation
- 4:30pm BST - Fabrice Florin, Product Manager at The Wikimedia Foundation - See slides
Day Two: 25 May
Wikimania 2014 will be the largest concentration of the Wikipedia community ever. How can we take advantage of this unique opportunity?
- 1:00pm BST - Yaneer Bar-Yam, President New England Complex Systems Institute
- 3:00pm BST - Brandon Harris, Senior Designer at The Wikimedia Foundation
Teleconferencing in but not yet scheduled...
- Raph Koster, Founder Metaverse
Attendance is free, just sign up below or on Eventbrite
- Samballand99 (talk) 14:04, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
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- HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:36, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
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- Faizan Munawar Ali Varya--Faizanalivarya (talk) 15:21, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
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- Andrew Davidson (talk) 16:56, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
- Promelior (talk) 14:08, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Add a topic you want to work on at the Social Machines Hack!
- Philippe Beaudette is the Director of Community Advocacy for The Wikimedia Foundation. Here's his reading list for how to run an online community: http://philippebeaudette.com/?p=3
- Learning patterns
- Creating a bot on Wikipedia
- Wikimedia Labs the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)'s cloud computing environment that hosts bots and tools maintained and used by the community to maintain the foundation's projects.
- Research: The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration Community: How Wikipedia's reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline
- Wikipedia Growth team - growing the number of Wikipedia editors
- Wikipedia's VisualEditor
- Flow - a modern discussion and collaboration system for all Wikimedia projects.
- WikiProject Council encouraging—and assisting with—the development of active WikiProjects on Wikipedia, and acting as a central place for discussion and collaboration between projects.
- Emergent Phenomena on Wikimedia
- A Culture of Kindness: Can we improve Wikipedia by 'being nicer' to each other? Here are the slides from Fabrice's presentation, as well as a chat log from our community discussion. A full presentation on this topic will be held at Wikimania 2014 in London: you can sign up here for this session.
Join the discussions on Facebook
- Towards a classification framework for social machines Nigel Shadbolt, Daniel Alexander Smith, Elena Simperl, Max Van Kleek, Yang Yang, Wendy Hall, Web and Internet Science Group, University of Southampton, UK