iConference Paper Accepted

I’m pleased to announce that my collaborators and I have just received notification that a paper we submitted has been accepted to the iConference.

Baumer, E.P.S., Polletta, F., Pierski, N., Celaya, C., Rosenblatt, K., and Gay, G.K. (to appear 2013). Developing Computational Supports for Frame Reflection. in Proceedings of the iConference. (Fort Worth, TX).

This paper presents a controlled study of a tool designed to support critical thinking and reflection about framing in political coverage, that is, a Computational Support for Frame Reflection.

JCSCW Paper Accepted

As if the CHI papers weren’t enough, I recently received more good news. A paper I wrote with Mark Sueyoshi (who was at the time an undergrad researcher at UCI) and Bill Tomlinson (at the time my graduate advisor) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Details follow below.

This paper presents results from an ethnographic study with readers of political blogs. It builds on our previous research on blog readers in two ways. First, it examines blog reading in a specific context, i.e., political blogs, rather than blog reading in general. Second, it involves both readers and bloggers as study participants in order to understand the interactions between the two. For now, here’s the abstract:

A significant amount of research has focused on blogs, bloggers, and blogging. However, relatively little work has examined blog readers, their interactions with bloggers, or their impact on blogging. This paper presents a qualitative study focusing specifically on readers of political blogs to develop a better understanding of readers’ interactions with blogs and bloggers. This is the first such study to examine the same blogging activity from both readers’ and bloggers’ perspectives. Readers’ significance and contributions to blogs are examined through a number of themes, including: community membership and participation; the relationship between political ideology, reading habits, and political participation; and differences and similarities between mainstream media (MSM) and blogs. Based on these analyses, this paper argues that blogging is not only a social activity, but is a collaborative process of co-creation in which both bloggers and readers engage. Implications of this finding contribute to the study and understanding of reader participation, to the design of technologies for bloggers and blog readers, and to the development of theoretical understandings of social media.

I’ll post the URL/DOI as well as the final version when they become available. Feel free to contact me for a pre-print draft.

**Update 2011-1-19**: The online edition is now available athttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10606-010-9132-9, and I’m pleased to say that the PDF is available at that URL through Springer’s Open Access.

**Update 2011-2-12**: The article now has official volume, issue, and page numbers. Here’s the full citation:

Baumer, E.P.S., Sueyoshi, M., and Tomlinson, B. (2011). Bloggers and Readers Blogging Together: Collaborative Co-Creation of Political Blogs. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 20(1-2), 1-36.

Three Papers at CHI

Earlier this week, HCI researchers around the world checked their email with bated as notifications for CHI papers were sent out. I’m pleased to say that I have three papers that were accepted this year. See full details below.

To be specific, I have one full paper and two notes that were accepted. The paper and one of the notes came out of work that I had done while at UCI, and the other note is from a project at Cornell on which I helped with the evaluation and write-up. I’m quite excited for each of these to be presented in Vancouver. For now, I’ll just list the citation and abstract. Once I have camera-ready versions, I’ll post those, too.

The full paper:
Baumer, E.P.S. and Tomlinson, B. (to appear 2011). Comparing Activity Theory with Distributed Cognition for Video Analysis: Beyond “Kicking the Tires.” in ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). (Vancouver, BC). [26% acceptance rate]

The field of HCI is growing, not only in the variety of application areas or the volume of research conducted, but also in the number of analytical approaches for use in the evaluation and design of interactive systems. However, despite the abundance of theoretical frameworks available, relatively little work has directly compared the application of these frameworks. This paper compares video analysis methods based on two analytic frameworks—activity theory (AT) and distributed cognition (DCog)—by performing an analysis of the same system from each of the two different theoretical perspectives. The results presented here provide a better understanding of how such theoretically informed methods in practice both resemble and differ from one another. Furthermore, this comparison enables specific insights about each of the theories themselves, as well as more general discussion about the role of theory in HCI.

The first note:
Baumer, E.P.S. and Silberman, S. (to appear 2011). When the Implication Is Not to Design (Technology). in ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). (Vancouver, BC). [26% acceptance rate]

As HCI is applied in increasingly diverse contexts, it is important to consider situations in which computational or information technologies may be less appropriate. This paper presents a series of questions that can help researchers, designers, and practitioners articulate a technology’s appropriateness or inappropriateness. Use of these questions is demonstrated via examples from the literature. The paper concludes with specific arguments for improving the conduct of HCI. This paper provides a means for understanding and articulating the limits of HCI technologies, an important but heretofore under-explored contribution to the field.

The second note:
Halpern, M., Evjen, M., Tholander, J., Ehrlich, J.A., Baumer, E.P.S., and Gay, G. (to appear 2011). MoBoogie: Creative Expression Through Whole Body Musical Interaction. in ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). (Vancouver, BC). [26% acceptance rate]

In this paper we describe MoBoogie, an application that allows users to manipulate and arrange music through movement.  MoBoogie is designed to foster experiences of creative expression for both children and adults. The application responds to users’ movements by changing variables in a continuous stream of music loops. Our study results suggest that the creative expressions arose in the joint space of movement and music, and did not primarily have to be in one form or the other. This allowed users with limited experience in dance and music making to be creative in such forms of expression.

**Update 2011-1-19**: Final versions of each paper have now been posted.

Paper on Synergizing in Cyberinfrastructure Accepted to JCSCW

I’m happy to announce that my article with Matt Bietz and Charlotte Lee has been accepted for publication in the special issue of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work on Cyberinfrastructure. This paper included data from fieldwork that I did back in 2007 and 2008, so I’m really excited to see it published. See the full citation and abstract below the fold.

Beitz, M.J., Baumer, E.P.S., and Lee, C.P. (2010). Synergizing in Cybinfrastructure Development. in Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Special Issue on Cyberinfrastructure, 19(3-4), 245-281.

This paper investigates the work of creating infrastructure, using as a case study the development of cyberinfrastructure for metagenomics research. Specifically, the analysis focuses on the role of embeddedness in infrastructure development. We expand on the notion of human infrastructure to develop the concepts of synergizing, leveraging, and aligning, which denote the active processes of creating and managing relationships among people, organizations, and technologies in the creation of cyberinfrastructure. This conceptual lens highlights how embeddedness is not only an important result of infrastructure development, but is also a precursor that can act as both a constraint and a resource for development activities.

I’ll post links and page numbers here once they become available.

Update (2010-07-24): Our Synergizing article is now online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10606-010-9114-y.