[cfp: crowdwork :: collaboration :: knowledge sharing]

GROUP 2014 - ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork
Sanibel Island, Florida, USA - November 9, 2014

The Morphing Organization: Rethinking Groupwork Systems in the Era of Crowdwork

Paper Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: September 01, 2014
Workshop Date: November 09, 2014

Web 2.0 has provided organizations remarkable opportunities to improve productivity, gain competitive advantage, and increase participation by engaging crowds to accomplish tasks at scale. However, establishing and integrating crowd-based systems into organizations is still an open question. The systems and the collaborative processes they enable appear diametrically in dissonance with the norms and culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing in traditional organizations. They require mechanisms for articulation of work, coordination, cooperation, and knowledge co-creation that are fundamentally different from those in current groupwork systems and processes. This workshop will bring together researchers investigating issues related to crowdsourcing, social computing and collaborative technologies, organizational science, and workplace research, work in industry, government and voluntary sectors, to discuss the future of groupwork systems in the era of crowdwork.

We invite position papers that seek to address the following questions that are of interest to the workshop:
What is the future of groupwork systems in the era of crowdwork? How do emerging trends in crowdwork, such as organizational collaboration with an undefined network of people, affect how we conceptualize groupwork? What are the implications for the design of groupwork systems?
How can groupwork research contribute to crowdwork research? What can be learned from the success stories and failures of groupwork systems of more than two decades to inform the design of effective organizational crowdwork systems? Can the research and design principles of traditional groupware, workflow systems, and CSCW applications be extended to support organizational collaborative work with the crowd?
How can collaboration “in the crowd” be motivated and sustained, while promoting openness and mutual knowledge co-creation, safeguarding organizational intellectual capital, and ensuring maximum job satisfaction and career growth for the crowd worker?
What are the underlying ideology and principles in the socio-technical architectures of tools for supporting collaboration and knowledge sharing? What are the norms and cultures of collaboration in organizations, and how and when do they work for or against the involvement of crowds? How do we understand the participatory processes at stake in crowdwork, ensure equal representation, and design sustainable hybrid economic systems from an organizational perspective?
What functions should the next generation of groupwork systems embody to make them viable as an organizational work tool in the era of crowdwork?
Submissions should be sent by email to: group14crowdwork@gmail.com
We recommend that position papers:
Are between 2-4 pages long and formatted to ACM GROUP guidelines;
Include title, your name, affiliation, and email address;
Has an abstract (up to 200 words);
Provide a short biography with your background and area(s) of expertise (up to 150 words);
Specify your main interest in the workshop (up to 50 words);
Workshop Organizers
Obinna Anya (IBM Research)
Laura Carletti (University of Nottingham)
Tim Coughlan (University of Nottingham)
Karin Hansson (Stockholm University)
Sophia B. Liu (US Geological Survey)

For any questions, please contact us by email: group14crowdwork@gmail.com


[employment: research assistant at sheffield uni]

**We're looking for an RA for our new ESRC Transformative Research grant!**

Deadline: 11 August
Interviews: 2 September
Start date: 1 December (15 months at 0.8FTE)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project Picturing the Social explores the social impact of the wide range of images now shared across different social media platforms and apps. The research involves an interdisciplinary team from four universities as well as industry. The project is led by Dr Farida Vis, who is based in the Information School at the University of Sheffield.

The role will require the post holder to carry out a 12-month digital ethnography of social media users and their image sharing practices. You will be required to produce summary reports of ethnographic notes to share with the project team. You will also offer research assistance in identifying key literature, including material from industry, media commentary, and policy documents, and produce summaries of these. You will work closely with the whole project team and will assist in the organisation of project events as well as contribute to the Visual Social Media Lab.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience) and have proven ability in using methods associated with the project such as digital ethnography. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and the experience in writing for publication and dissemination, and preferably knowledge or interest in visual culture and social media research.


[new publication: knowledge representations]

"Changing orders of Knowledge: Encyclopaedias in transition", part of Culture Unbound.
Journal of Current Cultural Research, Vol. 6, 2014. Please find the section

*Table of Contents:  *
Jutta Haider & Olof Sundin: Introduction: Changing Orders of Knowledge?
Encyclopaedias in Transition.

- Research Articles:
Katharine Schopflin: What do we think an Encyclopaedia is?

Seth Rudy: Knowledge and the Systematic Reader: The Past and Present of
Encyclopedic Reading.

Siv Frøydis Berg & Tore Rem: Knowledge for Sale: Norwegian Encyclopaedias
in the Marketplace

Vanessa Aliniaina Rasoamampianina: Reviewing Encyclopaedia Authority .

Ulrike Spree: How readers Shape the Content of an Encyclopedia: A Case
Study Comparing the German Meyers Konversationslexikon (1885-1890) with
Wikipedia (2002-2013).

Kim Osman: The Free Encyclopaedia that Anyone can Edit: The Shifting Values
of Wikipedia Editors.

Simon Lindgren: Crowdsourcing Knowledge: Interdiscursive Flows from
Wikipedia into Scholarly Research.

  *Tales from the field:*

Georg Kjøll and Anne Marit Godal: Store Norske Leksikon: Defining a New
Role for an Edited Encyclopaedia.

Lennart Guldbrandsson: Wikipedia.

Molly Huber: Land of 10,000 Facts: Minnesota’s New Digital Encyclopedia.

Michael Upshall: What future for Traditional Encyclopedias in the Age of

(Download as pdf:



[amazing crowdfunding examples]

Via Tech Republic:

Reading Rainbow

Earlier this year, LeVar Burton started a campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow for children. It was a campaign to provide interactive books and video field trips to more platforms like tablets and mobile devices, and give more kids access to the show. In one day, it hit $1 million, and by the end of the month, $5.4 million had been donated -- with more than 100,000 donors.

Nikola Tesla Museum

In 2012, Matthew Inman from The Oatmeal, a web comic site, started an Indiegogo campaign to build a Nikola Tesla museum and science center to honor the late engineer and save the site of the Wardenclyffe Tower, which was demolished in 1917. He raised more than $1 million in nine days to create a "Goddamn Tesla Museum." New York state also matched the donations, pushing the campaign over $2 million. Then this month, Elon Musk donated $1 million to get it off the ground.
Image: Matthew Inman/The Oatmeal

Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways raised $2.2 million through their Indiegogo campaign, and along the way they broke a few records. The Idaho-based startup worked on the technology for many years before starting the campaign to scale their prototypes, and the founders were blown away by the support of the world. Part of the reason was because their video "Solar Freakin' Roadways" went viral.
Image: Solar Roadways

Immunity Project

This is actually a Y-Combinator backed non-profit that is working to create a free HIV/AIDS vaccine. The organization raised VC money for research, and wanted to raise $462,000 more for funding the experiment for the vaccine. However, Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites do not allow medical experiments as campaigns, so Immunity Project started their own platform on their site, and reached their goal. Then, research in the journal Nature came out that said the project was controversial and possibly not as great as it seemed -- some researchers originally mentioned took their names off. But, nothing has been proven, the organization is still running, and it is still a novel approach to funding science.
Image: Immunity Project

Read about more amazing examples here.


[presentation: open educational resources]

Love this presentation from Jane Secker from the LSE. Interesting case studies noting how academic content and teaching materials are licensed under creative commons. And of course, libraries are doing this. Seems that libraries are really leading the way with digital initiatives.