The UW Social Computing Reading Group (SCRG) is an interdisciplinary reading group welcoming faculty and students from a variety of departments including the Information School, HCDE, Communications, and Computer Science. We think about social computing from many, sometimes less popular, angles. We explore the kinds of research being done and needing to be done. If you think about these things we would love for you to join us!
Each week members select a paper, share it electronically with the list, and then we meet to discuss. We approach readings with openness and curiosity, though we do not shy away from examining flaws and problematic issues of research. The SCRG is dynamic, fun, supportive, and a great way to encounter a wide range of social computing literature. This reading group is useful for newer scholars as well as seasoned experts. The SCRG has been meeting for over six years. Each quarter we use a poll to select the best day and time. If you would like to join us please follow the link below to the, 'SCRG Meetings: Spring 2017', WhenIsGood Poll <http://whenisgood.net/scrg_spring2017> and paint over all the times that are good for you. The one hour time with the most votes will become the weekly meeting time for spring quarter. Location TBD but will most likely be in either Sieg, MGH, or Comm. http://whenisgood.net/scrg_spring2017 Generally the way reading group works is this: 1. Pick a date. 2. Pick a reading that is (arguably) something related to Social Computing. This is a flexible concept and often the reading is new to all of us, including the person who selected it. That can make for as good of a discussion as selecting key authors in the field. During the regular academic year we generally select shorter conference or journal articles. During the summer, when people often have more free time, we sometimes tackle longer or more challenging pieces. Occasionally we even discuss a film or TV episode, after having independently viewed it. 3. Enter the citation with a link in our coordination spreadsheet. 4. Send an email, and ideally an attached copy of the paper, about 1 week in advance of the session. 5. Help lead us in a discussion about the paper. Remember you are in a room full of bright, engaged people. Leading the discussion is not the hard part, stopping it often is! Looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks! Amirah Majid *A. M. Majidأميرة ماجد* PhD student: multi-cultural computing & refugee informatics Information School, University of Washington Seattle USA https://users.resist.ca/~amirah/ *"...beware of my partisanship, my mistakes of fact, and the distortion **inevitably caused by my having seen only one corner of events." **Homage to Catalonia (1938), **George Orwell*
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