Breaking Into Data-Spaces


One of my jobs as a Ph.D. student is to help Sean Googins with the Open Collaboration Data Factory (OCDF). A National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project, the OCDF is sponsoring a workshop at CSCW in February. The call is listed below.

Title: Breaking into new Data-Spaces: Infrastructure for Open Community Science
Date: February 27, 2016
Application Deadline: December 31, 2015
Conference: Website
Apply/Info: Breaking Into Data-Spaces 
Participants Announced: January 15, 2016

Abstract: Despite being easily accessible, open online community (OOC) data can be difficult to use effectively. In order to access and analyze large amounts of data, researchers must first become familiar with the meaning of data values. Then they must find a way to obtain and process the datasets to extract their desired vectors of behavior and content. This process is fraught with problems that are solved (through great difficulty) over and over again by each research team/lab that breaks into datasets for a new OOC.

In this workshop, we’ll experiment with documentation protocols and technologies that are designed to make the process of “breaking into” a new dataset more tractable for researchers studying open online communities. This workshop’s purpose is to bring together researchers to test these systems and discover problems and missed opportunities to support iteration. Participants will also be given the opportunity to use state-of-the-art documentation and technologies to break into a new collection of datasets.