Announcing iConference, 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop!

Announcing iConference, 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop!

Sociotechnical Systems Research: Defining, Converging, and Researching as a Community 

February 12, 2013, 8:30am – 5pm
iConference 2013
Fort Worth, TX


Rebecca Reynolds
Rutgers University

Shuyuan Mary Ho
Florida State University

Warren Allen
Drexel University

James Howison
University of Texas-Austin

Ingrid Erickson
Rutgers University

Ingbert Schmidt
Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Featured speakers

Bonnie Nardi
Professor, Department of Informatics
Donald Bren School of Information
and Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine
David Ribes
Assistant Professor
Communication, Culture
& Technology Program
Georgetown University

Lisa Nathan
Assistant Professor
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
(the iSchool@UBC)
University of British Columbia

Panel Moderator

Steve Sawyer, Associate Dean for Research, Professor
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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The Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) serves as a trans-discipline community, connecting like-minded scholars from many different intellectual communities. CSST brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to develop a common language and scholarly repertoire as we work to understand diverse sociotechnical issues.  Researchers focus on improving human lives through understanding sociotechnical systems, conducting research on human activity such as collaboration, creativity, learning and economic production in domains like healthcare, education, science, leisure, and computing. This requires researchers to understand both social and technical aspects of human organization.

The 2013 CSST iConference Workshop, now under the auspices of an NSF Research Coordination Network, supports continued advancement of definitions and boundaries in this area. Participants will engage in activities with established leaders as well as newcomers in this trans-discipline, to build understanding of factors that support the community’s cohesion, and, aim to leverage the diversity of the work being conducted by its members, to engender learning and research innovation. We are offering a full-day workshop to help both new and more seasoned socio-technical scholars identify research opportunities, stimulate future collaborations, and contribute to the evolution of the larger socio-technical field of scholarship.

All participants are asked to prepare a 1-page executive summary brief of their research agenda, and bring 15 copies.

Planning to attend? Please fill out this pre-workshop survey. We will pre-organize Workshop teams based on your responses.

Duration Topic
8:30-9:00 Informal self-introductions over coffee and pastries
9:00-10:30 Individual Speaker Session: Case studies of exemplary work in socio-technical systems research

  • 9:00-9:15, Brief introduction to agenda, co-organizers

3 presentations:

  • 9:15-9:45 Speaker 1: Bonnie Nardi, Professor in the Department of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (confirmed)
  • 9:45-10:15 Speaker 2: David Ribes, Assistant Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology Program at Georgetown University (confirmed)
  • 10:15-10:45 Speaker 3: Lisa Nathan, Assistant Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
    (the iSchool@UBC), University of British Columbia (confirmed)
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 Master Class, linking features of the case examples to the “socio-technical system” domain of scholarship:Steve Sawyer, Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies to facilitate.

  • 11-11:45 Moderated panel discussion among the earlier speakers drawing out the sociotechnical themes in their work.
      • Includes small group rubric activity: Identify the socio-technical elements of the earlier research exemplars
  • 11:45-12:15 Open Q & A and dialogue
12:15-1:30 Lunch with GroupsDiscussion Prompts:

  • What challenges are you facing in your research?
  • This is a great time to bring this to a small group to get some feedback from your colleagues.
1:30-3:00 Mapping domains and terrains within pre-determined groups

  • Groups sit together at tables, organized based on pre-survey analysis.
  • Share 1-page summary that all participants will pre-prepare.
  • Address a range of discussion prompts addressing morning sessions, areas of convergence and divergence in personal research agendas, how can our research be more critically oriented, areas of challenge, opportunity, funding, publication
  • Half of the groups present summaries (organizers will offer structure for the presentations)
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-4:45 Continuation, Mapping domains and terrains within pre-determined groups

  • Second half of the groups present discussion summaries (organizers will structure this)
  • Synthesis by newer faculty / advanced Ph.D. students / organizers
  • Intellectual Geography activity: What did we learn in the grouping activity that might bear weight for the socio-technical systems community as a whole?
4:45-5:00/ 5:15 Final wrap-up and sharing time.

  • Collect feedback from the participants on the day’s events, debrief with attendees. Collect participant feedback on how we should use the new Socio-tech website going forward.
  • Co-organizers present any announcements/updates
  • Brainstorm ideas for future events:
      • Paper editing workshops
      • Webinars
      • Creating a discussion board on the sociotechnical systems website
      • How to better leverage social media for our community