March 23, 2012
by Matthew Bietz
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“Doing Business with Theory” published

Congratulations to CRADL lab members Norman Su, Hiroko Wilensky, and David Redmiles on the publication of their article, “Doing Business with Theory: Communities of Practice in Knowledge Management” in the Computer Supported Cooperative Work journal!

Su, Wilensky and RedmilesAbstract: We explore how the notion of communities of practice (CoPs) was translated and popularized from its original inception by Lave and Wenger in 1991. We argue that the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL), a spin-off of Xerox PARC, proved instrumental in enrolling CoPs into the knowledge management (KM) discipline. IRL objectified, packaged, and made a business out of CoPs. CoPs in KM are now a formalized process coupled with technological artifacts to build groups of people who effectively share knowledge across boundaries. Drawing from participant observations, archival documents, and interviews with KM practitioners in the aerospace industry as well as key players of IRL, our research seeks to unveil the invisible history that the popularization of a theory can often obscure. We argue that CoPs provide a case study for understanding how abstract concepts in science are strategically and subconsciously reified, or made objects of inquiry, and appropriated by actors. This reification of a “soft” science blurs the line between theory and technology.

Keywords: aerospace – communities of practice – knowledge management – science & technology studies – sociology of scientific knowledge

Get the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10606-011-9139-x

February 23, 2012
by Matthew Bietz
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CRADL Rocks at CSCW

Members of the CRADL Lab had a great showing at the CSCW conference in Seattle this year. Lab members were authors on six papers and a poster:

  • Blogs as a Collective War Diary. Gloria Mark, Mossaab Bagdouri, Leysia Palen, James Martin, Ban Al-Ani, Kenneth Anderson.
  • The Egyptian Blogosphere: A Counter-Narrative of the Revolution. Ban Al-Ani, Gloria Mark, Justin Chung, Jennifer Jones. Best of CSCW Honorable Mention.
  • I Love You, Let’s Share Calendars: Calendar Sharing as Relationship Work. Alexander Thayer, Matthew Bietz, Katie Derthick, Charlotte Lee.
  • Remote and Alone: Coping with Being the Remote Member on the Team. Benjamin Koehne, Patrick Shih, Judith Olson.
  • A Sociotechnical Exploration of Infrastructural Middleware Development. Charlotte Lee, Matthew J. Bietz, Katie Derthick, Drew Paine.
  • Sustaining the Development of Cyberinfrastructure: An Organization Adapting to Change. Matthew J. Bietz, Toni Ferro, Charlotte P. Lee. Best of CSCW Honorable Mention.
  • A Blog Considered from the Perspectives of Social Practice Theory. [Poster] Hiroko Wilensky, David Redmiles.

We were also involved in three workshops. Ban Al-Ani and David Redmiles attended the Future of Collaborative Software Development workshop, Hiroko Wilensky was in the Collaboration and Crisis Informatics workshop, and Matthew Bietz was a co-organizer of a workshop on Data-Intensive Collaboration in Science and Engineering.

December 26, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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Redmiles named ACM Distinguished Scientist

David Redmiles has been named a 2011 Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery. David is the author of more than 100 research publications integrating the areas of software engineering, human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. His research focuses on the processes and technologies needed to develop and support useful and usable interactive software. The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

December 26, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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CRADL Student Accomplishments

CRADL student members continued to shine this fall quarter. Erik Trainer passed his topic defense, Oliver Yi Wang passed his qualifying exam, and visiting student Jana Schumann defended her master’s thesis at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Congratulations!

November 17, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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Patrick Shih Defends Dissertation

CRADL Lab member Patrick Shih has successfully defended his dissertation: Brainstorming Beyond the Laboratory: Idea Generation Practices in Software Development Firms. Congratulations Patrick!

Patrick and his Committee

Patrick with his committee, Gary Olson, David Redmiles, and Gina Venolia

October 19, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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Pamela Hinds visits Informatics & CRADL

 

CRADL group with Pamela Hinds

CRADL members Steve Abrams, Oliver Wang, Ben Koehne, Ban Al-Ani, Matthew Bietz, and Erik Trainer, with Pamela Hinds (3rd from right)

Prof. Pamela Hinds of Stanford University was in town last week to present her work at the ICS Informatics Seminar. Luckily there was some free time in her schedule to come to our CRADL meeting, and we got to discuss some of our work on culture and trust with her. Thanks for your insights Pam!

September 23, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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Benjamin Koehne completes internship at Microsoft Research Asia (Beijing)

Benjamin Koehne with Ya-Qin Zhang, Corp. Vice President at Microsoft

Benjamin Koehne with Ya-Qin Zhang, Corp. Vice President at Microsoft

CRADL member Benjamin Koehne completed his internship at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. Working with the Human Computer Interaction research group, he studied globally distributed teams that work across time zone differences. In a joint project between MSR Redmond and MSRA Beijing, he investigated time-shifted collaboration practices using a novel conferencing tool.

September 20, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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CRADL Members Attend Grant Kickoff

CRADL members Erik Trainer, Oliver Wang, Ban Al-Ani and Matthew Bietz attended the Pittsburgh kickoff meeting of our new collaborative project, Large-Scale Human-Centered Coordination Systems to Support Interdependent Tasks in Context. The meeting was a great chance to brainstorm ideas with our collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We’re excited about the discussion, and have lots of new ideas to bring into our work.

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September 16, 2011
by Matthew Bietz
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CRADL Receives NSF Grant

We are happy to announce that CRADL has been awarded a 2011 IIS grant from the National Science Foundation!

The grant, titled “Large-Scale Human-Centered Coordination Systems to Support Interdependent Tasks in Context” is a collaboration with André van der Hoek (UCI), Jim Herbsleb (CMU), Laura Dabbish (CMU), Linda Argote (CMU), and Anita Sarma (UNL).

January 18, 2011
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Welcome to CRADL Lab!

Welcome to CRADL Lab at the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine!

You can find information about all group members and our research projects by accessing the sections using the left menu. More information is added as our website is still growing.