Introducing Joy Kim, data-driven comics research intern

By andresmh3 months ago - permalink

Tags: data-driven comics internships

I have the pleasure to introduce Joy Kim, a new member of the FUSE intern family. She is a PhD student at Stanford HCI where she works on social computing and creativity. One of her recent projects is Ensemble, a platform for writing collaborative stories.

At FUSE, we will be working on a project focused on data-driven comics. Her first assignment was to introduce herself through a comic, which, as you can see, she’s quite good at! 

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If you like data, or comics, or both, come back to read more about her work in a few weeks.

Announcing the Peer Economy research projects receiving the FUSE Labs Award

By andresmh4 months ago - permalink

Tags: peer economy awards

We are really excited to announce the projects receiving the FUSE Labs Research Award this year. We were impressed by the quality and volume of applications (almost a hundred applicants!). 

It is clear there is a lot of interest in this area, so we will be looking for more ways to foster research and collaboration in this space. We will be having a session on this topic at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, for those of you who are attending, we hope to see you there. We are also hoping to organize other events in the future. 

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Everybody Knows This Isn’t Nowhere: Designing for Non-Places

By justincranshaw4 months ago - permalink

Tags: civic tech nonplaceproject transit human mobility urban mobility

This summer at FUSE, we’ve been thinking about the “non-places” that people spend much of their lives at every day. While this term might be new to you, the concept is surely familiar. Maybe you’re even reading this post from a non-place right now. Non-places are the transient waypoints we pass through on the way to where we are going. When we’re stuck in traffic on the highway on our way home from work, or waiting at the terminal for our flight to depart, or riding the subway surrounded by the same familiar strangers each morning, we’re at non-places. We visit non-places often, but they are never our destinations. 

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Eventful: Journalism as a Service Through Crowdsourcing

By andresmh4 months ago - permalink

Tags: research civic media

What if requesting an event report was as easy as ordering an Uber ride?

In a previous blog post we described the process of leveraging collaborative writing tools and TaskRabbit, for local news production. We then began to wonder what an automated, streamlined platform for journalism-as-a-service would look like. Would there be a way to connect on-demand labor, with those who need a report of an event?

We built a system that would support exactly this process. Eventful makes it possible for anyone to access the service of event reporting. The reporting process is executed behind the scenes through a crowd of people working online or at the event to produce a news report

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Eventful makes requesting a report a one-step process: identify the event type, location, date, and duration. A few hours later and under $150 dollars, a multimedia event report is ready. 

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Internship season starts! Welcoming Justin Cranshaw, urban computing researcher

By andresmh5 months ago - permalink

Tags: internships civic media urbanism civic tech research

One of my favorite things about MSR is that we get to collaborate with talented PhD students from around the world who come to intern with us during the summer. For me, it’s also a great opportunity to explore and learn about new research areas. This summer, we have five talented grad students joining us. Justin Cranshaw is the first of them.

Justin is a Computer Science PhD student at Carnegie Mellon studying urban computing. In his research, he’s seeks to better understand and better engage with urban processes through new forms of ubiquitous and social computation. You might know one of his previous projects: Livehoods, a system to understand urban dynamics using social media data from Foursquare. Livehoods received a best paper award at ICWSM 2012.

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This summer, we will be investigating ways of helping individuals and communities track their own mobility patterns. We are calling this the Quantified Mobility Project for now.

We are particularly interested in public transit, and ways of reducing environmental impact, supporting healthier lifestyles, and finding opportunities for sharing excess resources (à la UberX).

Look for follow up blog posts as we document our progress!

Request for Proposals - Peer Economy Research Awards

By andresmh5 months ago - permalink

Tags: funding

We are funding academic researchers doing work on the Peer Economy (also known as the Sharing Economy). Two page proposal due: June 6. Notification mid June. Awards totaling up to $100,000 USD. Open to US and non-US applicants, faculty, students, and other researchers as long as they are part of an non-profit institution. Learn more.

[Talk] Tracing the Constellation of Actors in the Peer Economy - 4/16 @ 12pm

By andresmh6 months ago - permalink

Tags: talks peer economy sharing economy future of work

Tomorrow (4/16) we’ll have a Denise Cheng from MIT presenting her research on the peer economy. This is what she has to say about it: 

Americans’ normative understanding of work is imploding. Throughout most of the twentieth century Americans equated landing a job to a lifetime of smooth sailing. In recent decades, faith in gainful employment has collapsed, and other models are emerging to fill the void. The peer economy is one such model.

Whether by radio, by newspaper or by screen, you cannot miss it. Stories abound about hobbyists who sell crafts on Etsy. Dwellers use Airbnb to rent out parts of their living space to travelers. Ordinary people who use their cars as private drivers for a few hours a day. This is the peer economy. At its base are online, peer-to-peer marketplaces that enable people to monetize skills and assets they already have. Peer economy platforms equip suppliers or providers with tools that empower them to transact with strangers and, in turn, depend on these transactions for ongoing income.
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I lay out the expanse of the peer economy and why it is so exciting. The flexibility of working in the peer economy brings in many people who are defined out of the traditional workplace—homecarers, the elderly, the mentally disabled, alongside the underemployed college graduate. Powering this momentum on a macro level are investors, companies, corporations, scholars, policymakers, and more. On the micro-level, however, there are very real risks, and I will detail known problems in the space, including tax remittance, regulatory skirmishes, liability, and operational costs. 
Finally, the peer economy’s expanse is also why it is so confusing. Peer economy, sharing economy, collaborative economy, crowdsourcing… liberal use of these terms have led to widespread misunderstandings. I suggest that inaccurate terminology leaves the peer economy vulnerable to criticism and peer economy users in limbo as policy begins to take shape.
 

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Latest Kodu Goodness

By reenakawal8 months ago - permalink

One Login Everywhere

We put some finishing touches on our Kodu and Socl integration. Kodu users now only need their Socl login to share their worlds and make forum posts, and can like and comment on worlds from the desktop client.

Add Your Own Language

Kodu has an awesome volunteer community that has been translating clients into different languages.Previously, users had to install the latest client whenever we changed a language, but now they get the latest & greatest when they start up Kodu.  Currently supported languages include: Arabic, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Welsh.  Klingon anyone?

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We added karma to the Kodu forums – if you’ve got enough, you can vote up posts!  We also fixed some bugs– now games made with the desktop client should work now with the Win8 client, and vice versa.  Check out the Kodu Game Lab site for the latest!

NewsPad Editor is now open source

By andresmh8 months ago - permalink

Tags: newspad research chi

Last year, Nate Matias, spend the summer at our lab developing and experimenting with NewsPad, a collaborative editor for neighborhood news articles. Today, together with our work-in-progress paper (to be presented at CHI 2014), we are releasing the source code of the project on GitHub under the Apache license.

NewsPad is a web app that helps communities of people collaborate on news articles, even when they don’t see themselves as writers. It helps people choose a headline, structure their article, and ask others to add material. The software, which supports real-time collaborative editing and content curation, incorporates the best ideas from Wikipedia, Storify, and online text editors. Here’s how it works:

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How to Ignite Your Creative Mind on Socl

By cheriatsocl8 months ago - permalink

Tags: socl collections

I feel the need to be enticed. To see the world through a new lens – one that’s filled with vibrant colors and jewel tones. I want to go where dreams float on the far side of fashion and fantasy and know that when I come back, my world will forever be enhanced, changed, enlightened.

When we explore Socl, we find ourselves relishing in the limitless creative expression we can inspire in one another. Fashion is one thing, but when shared with friends from around the world, it elevates. 

On Socl we have what are called collections. Collections are posts you and the community organize around the subjects you love. When you see a post you like, simply collect it. 

Below are a few posts from Tina’s Personal Style collection. Tina is one of our most imaginative community members and her collections are stunning. Have a look…

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