“Social media is everywhere – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, My Space, blogs. Making sense of this online networking universe is Donald Patterson, UC Irvine assistant professor of informatics.”
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`America Is Like Metamucil`: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in . . . Blogs - January 5th, 2010
Congratulations to Informatics Post-doc Eric P. S. Baumer, Informatics undergraduate alumnus Jordan Sinclair, and Informatics professor Bill Tomlinson on having their paper,
‘”America Is Like Metamucil:” Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking about Metaphor in Political Blogs’ accepted to CHI 2010.
Abstract:Blogs are becoming an increasingly important medium—socially, academically, and politically. Much research has involved analyzing blogs, but less work has considered how such analytic techniques might be incorporated into tools for blog readers. A new tool, metaViz, analyzes political blogs for potential conceptual metaphors and presents them to blog readers. This paper presents a study exploring the types of critical and creative thinking fostered by metaViz as evidenced by user comments and discussion on the system. These results indicate the effectiveness of various system features at fostering critical thinking and creativity, specifically in terms of deep, structural reasoning about metaphors and creatively extending existing metaphors. Furthermore, the results carry broader implications beyond blogs and politics about exploring alternate configurations between computation and human thought.
Get a copy of this paper here: http://ericbaumer.com/publications/pap1573-baumer.pdf
Congratulations Eric, Jordan, and Bill!
Tags: Bill Tomlinson, blogs, CHI, cognitive tools, Eric Baumer, Jordan Sinclair, paper published
|Posted: 1/5/10 12:43 pm UTC by djp3 Make the First Comment|
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The Informatics Seminar is held on Fridays at 3:00pm in ICS2 136 followed by a social hour at 4:00pm. This week’s social hour will also be a chance to meet with faculty candidate Tapan Parikh. Please join us!
This week’s Informatics Seminar speaker will be Professor Werner Beuschel.
Abstract: Recent system developments in the realm of Social Software and
Web x.0 created high hopes in many application areas. But is there a way
from the buzz to concepts? In this talk I will seek an answer focusing on
the potenzial of Social Software to support informal learning processes
within a curriculum. But before we try to develop new practices of
learning through Social Software we should explore our understanding of
the terms in order to gain common ground for devising and evaluating
concepts. This leads us to the question whether there actually is a
research field above and beyond the current collection of applications
like Weblogs, Podcasts, Wikis or social networking systems. The answer I
want to develop provides a perspective in terms of a media view. With
any analytical approach we should also be reminded of the interdependency
between theoretical understanding and subsequent findings. Some examples
of professional social networking systems, originating in Germany, are
used to illustrate the media perspective. A variety of student projects
under development then serves to explore issues and dilemmas of informal
learning concepts. Among the systems are a Web-based frame for
personalizable homepages, a review system for students’ homework, and
the Europe-wide project “Directly to the Chancellor”.
Biography: Werner is professor of information management at the
University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg, Germany. He acquired
his Ph.D. in computer science in 1987 from the Technical University of
Berlin. Most recently he was on the board of directors for the 5-year
federal project “Virtual University of Applied Sciences”. More than
600 students are now enrolled in its various online-curricula. Ever
since working at ICS as a post-doc, Werner was a regular visitor many
times, currently staying with the department of Informatics during
winter and spring. His research interests are CSCL, Social Software,
and Collaborative Virtual Environments.
Tags: AI, app, art, blogs, Ph.D., pod, podcast, STEM, USC
|Posted: 2/27/07 10:07 am UTC by djp3 Make the First Comment|
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Google Transit, the public transportation planning tool, has released coverage of Southern California. This is wonderful for bus aficionados, like me, because the OCTA.net trip planner fails me about 62% of the times I try and use it. Google on the other hand offers, nice iconography, good maps and intelligible time tables. Try it here.
Tags: AI, blogs, Google, Intel, LUCI, map
|Posted: 11/30/06 1:23 pm UTC by djp3 Make the First Comment|
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One of the few credible reports of scavenged power I have seen in the wild. This is trying to solve the same problem as Josh Smith at Intel Research Seattle.
Tokyomango: Commuter-generated electricity.
JR East’s new experiment consists of energy-generators under ticket wickets, a milliwatt-tracking counter, and 700,000 daily commuters. For the next two months, the railway company will be using using the vibrations of human foosteps at Tokyo Station to generate up to 100 milliwatts per second per person that walks through. The idea is to be able to generate enough electricity to power the wickets themselves and their display panels regularly.
Tags: AI, blogs, Intel, LUCI, MIT, NGO, Seattle
|Posted: 10/19/06 1:16 pm UTC by djp3 Make the First Comment|
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
*** Early registration deadline: August 18, 2006
Conference Date: 17. – 21.09.2006
Conference Venue: Marriott Newport Beach, Orange County, California
*** Keynote speakers:
Bruce Sterling, sci-fi author and journalist
Brenda Laurel, Sun Microsystems Labs
*** The pigeonblog: live pigeons released during the conference, carrying
instrumentation that measures and blogs air pollution. (Invited demo)
*** 30 research presentations and additional thought-provoking sessions
*** 75+ posters, demos and videos
UbiComp 2006 hosted by:
Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine
In cooperation with the ACM (SIGMOBILE, SIGBED, SIGCHI, and SIGSOFT)
Tags: AI, art, blogs, Bruce Sterling, CHI, conference, demo, iot, LUCI, STEM, video
|Posted: 8/4/06 10:10 am UTC by djp3 Make the First Comment|
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