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Network of Excellence in Internet Science (JRA6, Virtual Communities, C. Marsden, UESSEX)

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The Network of Excellence in Internet Science aims to achieve a deeper multidisciplinary understanding of the Internet as a societal and technological artefact.
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Network of Excellence in Internet Science (JRA6, Virtual Communities, C. Marsden, UESSEX)

  1. 1. Network of Excellence in Internet Science Kick-off Meeting Brussels, 21-22 December 2011 Chris Marsden (ESSEX) FP7-ICT-2011.1.6-288021 EINS JRA6:Virtual Communities  
  2. 2. JRA6 Objectives <ul><ul><li>Developing social design methodologies that underline development and experimentation within virtual communities – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>including user needs analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the impact on technological design choices affecting future Internets. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methodologies take into explicit account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>socio-economic, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>security, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>privacy concerns. </li></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  3. 3. JRA6 develops social design methodologies <ul><ul><li>Development and experimentation within virtual communities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Including user needs analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impact on technological design choices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>such as open standards, Quality of Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking into account:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>socio-economic, security and privacy concerns. </li></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  4. 4. Audience Participation! <ul><ul><li>Send a short email about your experience with: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>what you did, what the result was </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual communities case study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any unusual/counter-intuitive example </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Conflict resolution easier offline than online? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual communities literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different literatures in each discipline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email cmars@essex.ac.uk Thank you! </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  5. 5. Partners in JRA6 <ul><li>Total Effort: 25 months (500 days) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Socio-legal studies/coordination/deliverables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ESSEX 100 days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Note recent ERC 5-year grant to Galeotti (Networks, Markets, Organisation)  http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~agaleo/ERC.htm  Also 'Emerging Segmentation Modelling Using Social Networks'  http://cresi.essex.ac.uk/getproject?projectID=46 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socio-economic analysis   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IBBT 40 days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social science broadly drawn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UNIBO 40 days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anthropology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OXF – Dunbar 20 days (NB - ERC 5 year Advanced Grant) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TUDelft 40 days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complimented by   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NEXA 50days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CNR 60days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TCLR 30days  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ULANC 40days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NKUA 40days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stockholm 2mth </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  6. 6. Tasks in JRA6 <ul><ul><li>R6.1 Overview of user needs analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R6.2 Mutual impact between virtual Internet and human social communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R6.3. Exploring virtual community e-democracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R6.4 Consensus building and e-voting in virtual communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R6.5 Dissemination and collection of user cases catalogue </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  7. 7. R6.1 Overview of user needs analysis <ul><ul><li>UESSEX, ULANC, IBBT, LSE, MLS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop needs analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>based on methodologies such as  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>user experience, anthropology, sociology, economics, network analysis. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore the role of communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>bottom-up user-generated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>hierarchical or centrally coordinated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in both commercial and community ownership. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Series of events with relevant JRAs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>also with external communities. </li></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  8. 8. R6.2 Mutual impact between virtual Internet and human social communities <ul><ul><li>UESSEX, CNR, ULANC, NKUA, UiO, MLS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze mutual dependence between </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>virtual communities and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>underlying human social communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(not necessarily mediated by ICT). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To what extent known behaviours emerge within these virtual communities as a result of properties like common interests/preferences. </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  9. 9. R6.3. Exploring virtual community e-democracy <ul><ul><ul><li>UNIBO, TUD, IBBT, CNR, LSE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 correlated & complementary Internet roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consensus building process around new political actors, interest groups and/or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>public body initiatives. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting emerging forms of political participation, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new channel to make citizen’s voice heard. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online social networks and virtual communities as starting point for newborn political initiatives </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  10. 10. R6.4 Consensus building and e-voting in virtual communities <ul><ul><li>UNIBO, TUD, OXF, LSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methods and tools to evaluate consensus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>require broad societal trust in e-voting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of current instruments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common characteristics among systems. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>usability as perceived by final users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To infer most effective technologies </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  11. 11. R6.5 Dissemination and collection of user cases catalogue <ul><ul><li>UESSEX, CNR, ULANC, OXF, MLS, LSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R6.1-6.4 lead to collection of case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in successful system design and user adoption </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design &development of virtual communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>dynamic high-speed infrastructure that should provide the services beneath the applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>investigated using outcome of R6.1-R6.2. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare R6.1-R6.2 with R6.3-6.4 outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To make recommendations about future research into virtual communities. </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  12. 12. Deliverables <ul><ul><li>DR6.1. (M18) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of user needs analysis, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>draft catalogue of design responses to needs analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>short summary document explaining </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>critical needs in various types of virtual community, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appendices dedicated to </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>typology of communities, degrees of virtuality, tools employed, as a basis for cataloguing. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also catalogued data base of communities, degrees of virtuality, tools employed, from which case studies will be selected for DR6.3. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  13. 13. Further deliverables <ul><ul><li>DR6.2 Catalogue of advanced user cases and final user need analysis (M36) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DR6.3x Continuous cataloguing of dissemination and collaboration with broader social science community (M18, M36) </li></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  14. 14. WP Action List for the 1st Year <ul><ul><li>R6.1:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initial Overview  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Draft user needs analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R6.2 Mutual impact between </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>virtual Internet and human social communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>relying on JRA partners' existing published work, experimental outcomes and associates' research </li></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  15. 15. Interdependencies with other WPs Virtual communities play a part in: JRA4 Standards and Governance JRA5 Privacy: impacts on virtual community working Other IAs/SEAs - EINS as a 'model' virtual community'? Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  16. 16. WP Impact <ul><ul><li>Brings together those involved in the design of virtual communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NoE & wider scientific/stakeholder community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop tool set to answer design questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. economic and societal impact of solutions, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>directly leading to a measure of desirability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>as well as viability of given design choices, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct use cases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>demonstrating approaches of communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>benchmarking developed set of tools. </li></ul></ul></ul>Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting
  17. 17. Issues to be discussed and decided Brussels, December 21-22, 2011 EINS Kick-off Meeting <ul><ul><li>Mode of working: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual presence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical meeting - location, timing, participants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steering group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dissemination methods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Absorption of funded research </li></ul></ul></ul>

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