Upcoming Presentations

Past Presentations

Mason, Robert M. “Institutional Transformation?  Issues, Challenges” Presented at the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, University of Indiana (Bloomington) 10 April 2015

Mason, Robert M.  “Social Media Research:  Approaches, Findings, Challenges” Presented at Iowa State University, Ames, IA 29 January 2014

Mason, Robert M. “Changing Organizational Forms”  Presentation as part of the seminar “Firm in the Network Economy” University Bw Munich 31 July 2013

Eckert, Josef, Hemsley, J. “Occupied Geographies, Relational or Otherwise.” Presentation to the American Association of Geographers, Los Angeles, CA.  April 11, 2013.

Tutorial:  Research on Social Media.  Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 46); January 7, 2013, Maui.  Informal working paper for participants

Walker, S., Eckert, J., Hemsley, J., Mason, R. “Social Media Confidential: Exposing the Details of Social Media Data Collection and Cleaning.” Panel presentation to the Internet Research 13.0 conference, October 18-21, 2012, at the University of Salford, Salford, U.K.

Hemsley, J., Eckert, J., Mason, R., Walker, S. “30,000,000 Occupation Tweets: a hashtag co-occurrence network analysis of information flows.” Presentation to the Internet Research 13.0 conference, October 18-21, 2012, at the University of Salford, Salford, U.K.

Eckert, J., Hemsley J., Mason, R. Walker, S.  “#Occupy the City: Location Based Services & Social Media.” Presentation to the Internet Research 13.0 conference, October 18-21, 2012, at the University of Salford, Salford, U.K.

Mason, R.  “The changing face of agility:  the challenge and opportunity of social media”  keynote presentation at 2012 SymOrg,  June 7, 2012, at Zlatibor, Serbia

Mason, R., Walker, S., Eckert, J., Hemsley, J. “SoMe Lab, Twitter, and Occupy: Purple and Orange Go Well Together” Presentation to the Cyberinstitute at the Clemson University, Clemson,  SC, May 3, 2012. (link)

Nahon, K. and Castells, M. “Comparing Network Social Movements: Spain and Israel.” Presentation to International Seminar On Network Theory: Networked Social Movements and Network Theory” at the University of Southern California, April 26-28, 2012. (link goes to streaming video of presentation)

Mason, R., Walker, S., Eckert, J. “Research Conversations: Occupied Information and Geographic Ties.” Presentation to the Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, March 12, 2012.

Faptul ca ochelarii de soare originali Ray-Ban au preturi pe care cumparatorii romani le pot considera cam piperate ii determina pe foarte multi sa spere ca, atunci cand gasesc pe internet oferte la jumatate de pret, au gasit o oferta superspeciala sau o ocazie foarte rara de a-si procura un produs original la pret de chilipir.
Ray Ban Romania

Hemsley, Jeff. “Visualizing Discussion Threads on Wikipedia Talk Pages.” Ignite presentation to the Seattle useR Group (R Programming Language), Seattle, WA, February 29, 2012.

Jeff will present his inventive visualization of discussion threads on Wikipedia talk pages during a set of lightning talks highlighting innovative and interesting visualizations of data using R, the free software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. The R project for Statistical Computing is an example of successful peer production and crowd-sourcing – exactly the kind of the Social Media Lab is interested in!

Eckert, Josef. Winner of “Best of Show” in the “Iron Sheep Lightning Mapping Event.” Workshop at the American Association of Geographers, New York, NY, February 26, 2012.

Pack up your laptop, grab your data and head to New York for the first annual “lightning mapping of user generated information” event. Dubbed Iron Sheep (at least until someone objects) the event seeks to mimic the format of the “Iron Chef” television series. This workshop challenges participants (grouped into teams with members from diverse backgrounds and skill sets) to produce meaningful analysis and fun, evocative mash-ups from the same sets of user-generated, geo-coded data within a four hour time frame. The goal is to provide a semi-structured environment where participants can socialize and work in a fun yet socially meaningful project. Participants will be drawn from academic, industry and artistic communities from around the world.

Teams will be assigned a targeted question (e.g., What is the most “out of shape” location in the U.S.? or How can we visualize the Occupy Wall Street movement? or Where is the most likely place for the zombie apocalypse to start? or Where is the origin and destination of Super PAC money?) and use crowdsourced data to create a new geo-visualization. Teams can also choose their own questions. The exact questions and datasets depends on the participants who join.

Eckert, Josef. “Mapping the Space Between Individual and Community: a Case for Database Ethnography.” Presentation to the American Association of Geographers, New York, NY, February 24, 2012.

The tension between the individual and the community is underexplored in current geoweb literature, despite user generated content hinging on community participation (Benkler 2002, Tapscott & Williams 2006).  This tension has been explored extensively through the legal geographies literature, pointing to regulation as a means by which communities are employed to do certain tasks on behalf of the state (Herbert 2005) and as a tool by which to redefine individual liberal rights in view of the community (Blomley 2007, 2010).  Tension between the individual and the community of experts has always been a part of studies in spatial data infrastructure (Elwood 1998, Seiber 2000, Craig 2005), but how does this interaction play out between the individual and a community of practice?  This paper theoretically ties legal geographies literature to work on the geoweb, further advancing our conceptualization of what it means to be both an individual and a community member in these new infrastructures.  This serves as a framework to engage with database ethnography (Schuurman 2008) as a means of analyzing OpenStreetMap (OSM) Occupy Wall Street social media data for the influences of the community on the uneven collection of data (Haklay 2010).  I lay out an initial proposal to analyze the data for the importance of shared meaning and categorical influence that is developed as a result of this tension between individual and community within  OSM project multiple Occupy projects.

Walker, Shawn. “Not Your Parents’ Protest: New Forms of Political Participation in Social Media.” Presentation to Seattle Town Hall, Seattle, WA, February 8, 2012.

Social-media sites are no longer just where we connect with friends, says Shawn Walker—but are they a valid form of political participation? This companion piece to the Wael Ghonim lecture earlier this evening addresses the use of these powerful forms of communication in the United States, particularly by Occupy Wall Street and other movements. Walker is a doctoral candidate at the UW’s Information School. Presented by Engage: The Science Speaker Series as part of Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.

Hemsley, Jeff. “Virality.” Presentation to the MSIM/Informatics Advisory Board, at the Information School, University of Washington, , Seattle, WA, February 10, 2012.

Virality. Marketers want to exploit it. Governments want to stop it. And of the millions of videos posted, only a few get the attention quickly enough to be called a viral event. But when they happen, theory and observation suggest that some of them can be a catalyst for change. This presentation defines virality, explores some of the characteristics of social media that make it possible, and then explores some of the implications on and off line.

Mason, Bob.  “Research on (New) Social Media.” Presentation to The Information and Society Center (ISC), Seattle, WA, January 23, 2012.

In his discussion, Bob presented the highlights of past studies and discussed the recent formation of the Social Media Lab.  Past exploratory studies on the reactions of C-level executives to the challenges posed by new social media reveals pressure for changes in strategies and tactics and shortcomings in the conceptual models based on the knowledge-based view of organizations.  Later research being developed through the Social Media Lab, especially the research on the Occupy Movement, is expected to produce new ways of analyzing and visualizing “large data” and may suggest models for organizational structures.

Download PDF of Presentation Slides

Hemsley, Jeff. “The Nature of Knowledge in the Social Media Age: Implications for Knowledge Management Models”. Presented at the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Wailea, Maui, HI. January 5th, 2012.

Social media comprise the set of tools that “enable people to connect, communicate, and collaborate,” and these tools include blogs, wikis and social network sites. This paper reviews the significance of these tools and explores how together they can result in instances of virality (e.g., viral videos). Using new insights on viral processes, we provide a critical review of epistemological perspectives and the conceptual foundations underlying knowledge management models. We conclude that the widespread use of social media creates a dynamic, recursive socio-technical information and knowledge sharing system, a knowledge ecosytem (KE). This KE requires both an expansion of our understanding of knowledge creation and substantial revisions to our approaches to enterprise knowledge management.

This presentation is based on the paper of the same name by Jeff Hemsley & Robert M. Mason.

Download PDF of Presentation Slides


Mason, Robert M.; Hemsley, Jeff; Eckert, Josef; Walker, Shawn; “#OccupyTheNet- #OccupyTheSquare: It’s Not Your Parents’ Protest The growth of a movement online and across geographic space.” Presented at the Third Annual Information School Research Fair, November 17, 2011. Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Hemsley, Jeff; Mason, Robert M.; “Knowledge Management in an Age of Social Media Social Media and Viral Flows Change How Knowledge Is Created and Managed.” Presented at the Third Annual Information School Research Fair, November 17, 2011. Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.