Workshop: iConference 2009

Expected Outcomes

We anticipate at least three outcomes from this workshop:

  • Increased awareness of, and connections between scholars employing and developing socio-technical principles and outcomes.
  • Continued development of a research agenda regarding socio-technical principles, issues and questions inclusive of a broad set of disciplinary perspectives.
  • Identification of a core set of materials to represent the intellectual and empirical aspects of socio-technical scholarship.

Opening Overviews (1:15 – 2pm)

The workshop will commence with brief talks (approx. 5 minutes each) representing a core scholarly tradition from which the science of socio-technical systems draws: library science, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, organizational studies, sociology, communication, and computer science.

  • Human-Computer Interaction – Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft
  • CSCW – Laura Dabbish, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Library and Information Science – Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Science and Technology Studies – David Ribes, Georgetown University
  • Management and Organizational Studies– Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University
  • Sociology – Andrea Tapia, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Social Informatics – Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

Round Table Discussion (2pm – 3pm)

Round tables organized to construct a diagram of the scholarly lineage from the home constituencies represented to the science of the Science of Socio-Technical Systems. This may include STS, HCI/CSCW, OCIS, LIS, Social Informatics, Sociology & Computer Science The roundtable format will use presentations as probes to identify salient socio-technical research that is being done by members of the iSchool community.

Research Areas

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Anthropology of Technology
  • New Media and Studies
  • Education
  • CSCL
  • Feminist Theory
  • Women’s Studies
  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Innovation Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Communications
  • Information Sciences
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Ubicomp
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Math
  • Rhetoric
  • Geography
  • Urban Informatics
  • Bio Informatics

Group Discussion (3pm – 4pm)

Group discussion to collaboratively identify means/mechanisms of developing CSST community with iSchool participation Questions from the Whiteboard.

Incomplete & redundant list (by far) of issues that came up in the workshop.

Open questions:

  • Where is the line between the social and the technical?
  • Individuals – can this still be sociotechnical. (not a question)
  • Number of Variables that make context?
  • What do you mean by social?
  • More than one person studied?
  • Include others?
  • Cognitive? (yes!)
  • People are not fungible! Non-lego people!
  • What is technical/technology?
  • How to represent the relation between 2 of them?

Confirmed Participants

  • Wendy Kellogg, IBM
  • Tatjana Aparaac-Jelusic, University of Zadar, Croatia
  • Andrea Wiggins, Syracuse University
  • Michael B. Twidale, University of Illinois
  • Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Johanna Birkland, Syracuse University
  • Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, Syracuse University
  • I-Chun Tsai, University of Toledo
  • David Ribes, Georgetown University
  • Andrea Tapia, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft
  • Steve Sawyer, Syracuse
  • Kevin Crowston, Syracuse
  • Laura Dabbish, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Fred Stutzman, SILS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lisa Nathan, University of Washington
  • Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Prudence Dalrymple, Drexel University
  • David Gurzick, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Michael Khoo, Drexel University
  • Paula Bach, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Ingrid Erickson, Social Science Research Council
  • Ingbert Floyd, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Sean Goggins, University of Missouri
  • James Howison, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Carleen Maitland, The Pennsylvania State University

Workshop Organizers

  • Sean P. Goggins, University of Missouri
  • Ingbert Floyd, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft Corporation
  • Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
  • Ingrid Erickson, Social Science Research Council
  • Laura Dabbish, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Madhu Reddy, Penn State
  • David Ribes, Georgetown