Beyond opening up the black box: Investigating the role of algorithmic systems in Wikipedian organizational culture
BIDS Alumni Lauren Ponisio recently published an article in Ecology Letters, in which she describes her lab's work toward a clearer understanding of how networks of plants and pollinators form over time to create biotic communities. The results of their research could help scientists and conservationists rebuild communities when a species goes locally extinct.
Operationalizing Conflict and Cooperation between Automated Software Agents in Wikipedia: A Replication and Expansion of 'Even Good Bots Fight'
BIDS Fellow Christopher Hench published this paper in the workshop proceedings of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), held on July 30 - August 4, 2017, in Vacouver, British Columbia, Canada.
It is now abundantly clear to librarians, archivists, computer scientists, and many social scientists that we are in a transformational age. If we can understand and measure meaning from all of these data describing so much of human activity, we will finally be able to test and revise our most intricate theories of how the world is socially constructed through our symbolic interactions.