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Course Outline 412

Course Outline 412

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This is the course outline of the Social Computing Class, CMPT 412, containing the list of topics, readings, coursework, and grading scheme.
This is the course outline of the Social Computing Class, CMPT 412, containing the list of topics, readings, coursework, and grading scheme.

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Course Outline CMPT 412
:Social Computing and Participative Web (Web 2.0)
Instructor Contact Information
 
Prof. Julita Vassileva, Computer Science Dept., Room 178.8 Thorvaldson,Phone 966-2073, Email: jiv@cs.usask.ca Office hours: by appointmentThe course will cover a variety of topics related to the emerging area of Social Computing andParticipative Web. It will discuss theories, technologies and human issues of Web 2.0: howpeople network online, what communities they form, why they participate and contribute, andhow to design infrastructures for successful online communities.The course will have three interwoven components. Analytical, which discusses how people actand participate in different kinds of communities, based on observational studies. Thetheoretical component will focus on analyzing the interactions in online communities fromdifferent perspectives: physics and dynamics of complex emergent systems, behavioraleconomics, social psychology and sociology. Using the insights gained from theory, thepractical component of the course will focus on how to design and use environments tosuccessfully support online communities and participative web applications.
List of Topics
THEORIES
Analytic Theories
: Metcalfe's law, Network effects, Scale-Free networks
Economic Theories
: Wisdom of Crowds, Games, Reciprocation and Norms
Behavioural Theories
: Social Psychology, Sociology, Organizational ScienceCOMMUNITIES
Coding
: Open Source Movement,
Publishing
: Blogs and Wikis, Wikipedia
Discussions and Socialization
: Forums, Bulletin Boards, Chat, IM, Social Networking
Sharing Content
, Trading and PlayingHARVESTING PARTICIPATION
Building Communities and Putting them to WorkMotivating Participation
 – incentive mechanisms, community awareness /visualization
Search for Meaning and Recommendation
: Personal Information Management, Tagging,Community Ontologies, Semantic web; Recommender Systems, Trust and ReputationMechanisms

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