Somus – An Open Research Group Work Case Presentation 0511 2009

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Presentation of our short-paper ("SOMUS - an open research group work case") at the Open Symposium 2009 at the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki, Finland.

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  • TEEMU NOTES: research disciplines include: Mass Com & journalism, Media technologies, sociology, design, organizations (vai miten nää sanois) multidisciplinary and distributed team of course is challenging – we’ll get mack to that later on
  • TEEMU: olennaisempaa themes, kuin tarkat goalit, mun mielestä parempi viestiä näin TEEMU: pyrin lyhentämään kaikkee…lisäksi goals on tärkeämpi kuin sub-projektit, laitetaan se eiakan TEEMU: ne aiemmat voisi laittaa vaikka noteiksi?
  • TEEMU NOTE: don’t all projects have some budgeted flexible moneuy?!
  • Somus – An Open Research Group Work Case Presentation 0511 2009

    1. 1. SOMUS – an open research group work case study Open Symposium, Helsinki 5.-6.11.2009 Auli Harju – [email_address] Teemu Ropponen – [email_address] Pirjo Näkki – [email_address] http://somus.vtt.fi
    2. 2. What is SOMUS? <ul><li>” Social media for citizens and public sector collaboration” </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by the Academy of Finland (2009-2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary (and geo-distributed) research partners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland / Media Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Tampere / Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Jyväskylä / Dept. of Social Sciences and Philosophy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helsinki University of Technology / Dept. of Media Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Open Research Swarm / http://parvi.fi </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Project themes <ul><li>Study citizenship and participation in social media environment </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype social media based concepts for dialogue between citizen groups, public sector, mass media </li></ul><ul><li>Create and validate a model for open Internet-based research </li></ul>
    4. 4. SOMUS subprojects
    5. 5. Somus methodology <ul><li>Project management and research group work </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media communities and services, applications for online collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>’ Ideology’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Values (democracy, equality, research ethics) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key principles (openness, deliberation, agility) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In communication and research (information sharing, participation, collaboration, retrospective evaluation) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. SOME OF OUR TOOLS (AND PRACTICES) FOR OPEN COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION
    7. 7. Openness <ul><li>Work and communication are open and available on the Internet (by default) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project plan creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorming, planning, article drafting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online discussions, meeting agendas, microblogging and minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki, Qaiku, Etherpad, Skype, Delicious, blog </li></ul>
    8. 8. Openness since day 1 We started finding researchers and planning SOMUS openly on Jaiku
    9. 9. Promoting the open data agenda – Apps for Democracy Finland competition
    10. 10. Deliberation <ul><li>Discussion is democratic, open, inclusive, tolerant, respectful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation of different views, listening, argumentation, debate, empathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People, networks and interaction important </li></ul></ul><ul><li>analogy to good open-source communities? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Agility <ul><li>Agile and reactive project management and execution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New theoretical concepts and ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New collaboration parties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in the society, current issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>User groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… Even researchers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redefinition and reprioritization in software development, based on constant co-design </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Framework for participatory design Needs Ideas Concepts Services How can we make this framework open deliberative agile? Immigrants Students Media Citizens NGOs Public sector Researchers
    13. 13. Nice, but NOT in my research field?! <ul><li>Openness - ”others will steal our ideas” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how do you know other will steal your ideas?! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>so what ?! ideas come and go? isn’t that great?! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how would that feel , if someone ”cheated” and ”stole” my ideas?! (a ”crashing” learning experience?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to the audience: has anyone stolen your work!? Please explain! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deliberation – ”talking too much never gets anything done, someone must take responsibility” </li></ul><ul><li>Agility - ”an euphemism for no project planning” </li></ul>
    14. 14. Preconditions for SOMUS methodology <ul><li>Shared values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>democracy, ethics, equality, openness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-organization </li></ul><ul><li>New ideas allowed and actively investigated </li></ul><ul><li>Some budgeted “flexible” money </li></ul>
    15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>Doing actual research AND method development simultaneously </li></ul><ul><li>Swarming and new research tasks -> the big picture lost? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New issues gain interest, sometimes at expense of old ones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What extra value do new research tasks bring in? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-organization doesn’t always work in practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>all the tasks need to be addressed to someone(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Openness and information overflow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>need for organizing, summarizing and analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The big question: How to develop the dialogue between citizens, the public sector and the media? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to understand the problem, cannot be solved alone </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Benefits <ul><li>Transparency of research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Availability of research problems, ideas, and results to the public => science’s societal function! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside involvement: help, ideas, expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Minimize risk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-focus according to changes, priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Societal value through collaboration and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous learning, teamwork and spirit </li></ul>
    17. 17. Experiences from a researcher <ul><li>Key findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new kind of publishing is difficult but rewarding at best! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>” perpetual beta” – publishing and admitting own incompleteness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>enriching own thinking through collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social (digital) networking is fast, direct and far-reaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online interactions: how to fit time & fitting into ”scientific work” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new competences: new culture, communications, technological tools </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Methodology development next steps <ul><li>We see a need to develop this into a more defined framework of practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>similar to agile software development => Scrum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluate this framework in practice, e.g., </li></ul><ul><ul><li>resource allocation issues in cross-organizational swarming and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dilemmas in participation motivation and compensation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fit with academic culture remains unproven – e.g. forms of publishing, proceding as planned, reporting mechanisms </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. THANKS!

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