Social Objects and Social MachinesUnderstanding the Co-Constitution of the Web           David De Roure
http://www.slideshare.net/dder/social-objects-and-social-machines
http://gapingvoid.com/category/social-object/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barabasi-Albert_model
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http://gseis.ucla.edu/people/borgman
http://www.hackdiary.com/2012/04/05/extracting-a-social-graph-from-wikipedia-people-pages/
Compute & Data ComplexitySocial Complexity
The users of a website, the website, andthe interactions between them, togetherform our fundamental notion of a “machine”
1. Social Networks form around Social Objects      What are the new research objects? 2. Social Networks, like the Web, co...
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"Social Objects and Social Machines: Understanding the Co-Constitution of the Web" Talk as part of President's Seminar at Wolfson College, Oxford, UK, 7 May 2012

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  • The users of a website, the developers of the website, their respective social networks, their funders, their ambitions and political agendas, the website, the platform it's built on, the standards it uses, the user model it adopts, the interoperability it affords, the model of openness to which it subscribes, and the interactions between them, the narrative that is imposed and the narratives that emerge, together contribute to our fundamental notion of a “machine”. But does the machine have an Intelligent Designer, or a Blind Watchmaker? Who operates the levers, or claims to do, or builds the levers to operate?
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  • A machine has to be black-boxed; an actor-network has to be punctualised. How do you separate a social network from the social and technical context in which it is embedded? How do you separate a website from the technical and social milieu in which it operates? By conceptualising a machine you (as an Engineer-Who-Creates-And_Controls or as a Scientist who Observes-and-Models) are defining boundaries, where boundaries have been unhelpfully and prematurely imposed in the past oh god I'm turning into a sociologist.
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  1. 1. Social Objects and Social MachinesUnderstanding the Co-Constitution of the Web David De Roure
  2. 2. http://www.slideshare.net/dder/social-objects-and-social-machines
  3. 3. http://gapingvoid.com/category/social-object/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barabasi-Albert_model
  4. 4. A A B B F + F + - C - E C E D D Theories of Theories of Theories of Self interest Exchange Balance A A B F http://nosh.northwestern.edu/B FC + C - + E E D D Novice Expert Theories of Theories of Theories ofCollective Action Homophily Cognition
  5. 5. http://gseis.ucla.edu/people/borgman
  6. 6. http://www.hackdiary.com/2012/04/05/extracting-a-social-graph-from-wikipedia-people-pages/
  7. 7. Compute & Data ComplexitySocial Complexity
  8. 8. The users of a website, the website, andthe interactions between them, togetherform our fundamental notion of a “machine”
  9. 9. 1. Social Networks form around Social Objects What are the new research objects? 2. Social Networks, like the Web, co-evolve Analysing the Web Observatory 3. A new way of thinking: Social Machines Rethinking sociotechnical systems david.deroure@wolfson.ox.ac.uk @dder http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/people/dder Also see: http://www.w3.org/community/webobservatory/ Slide Credits: Noshir Contractor, Christine Borgman, Matt Biddulph

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