I'm giving a talk on the work we have done on Augmented Social Cognition and Wikipedia at Stanford next week on Friday Oct 19th, 2007:
Research meets Web2.0: Augmented Social Cognition sheds light on Coordination, Trust, Wikipedia, and Social Tagging
Over the last few years, we've realized that many of the information environments are gradually turning people into social foragers and sharers. People spend much time in communities, and they are using these communities to share information with others, to communicate, to commiserate, and to establish bonds. This is the "Social Web". While not all is new, this style of enhanced collaboration is having an impact on people’s online lives, so we've formed a new research area here at PARC to go after these ideas in depth.
“Augmented Social Cognition” area is trying to understand the enhancement of a group of people’s ability to remember, think, and reason. This has been taking in the form of many Web2.0 systems like social networking sites, social tagging systems, blogs, and Wikis. In this talk, I will summarize examples of recent research on:
- how decreasing the interaction costs might change the number of people who participate in social tagging systems?
- how conflict and coordination have played out in Wikipedia?
- how social transparency might affect reader trust in Wikipedia?