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Social Machines Weekend: 24th - 25th of May

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Social Machines Weekend

(24th - 25th of May)

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"Once upon a time 'machines' were programmed by programmers and used by users..."

"The success of the Web has changed this relationship: we now see configurations of people interacting with content and with each other, blurring the line between computations performed by machine logic and algorithms, and those that result from input by humans, arising from their own psychological processes and life experience."

"Rather than drawing a line through such Web-based systems to separate the human and digital parts (as computer science has traditionally done), we can now draw a line around them and treat each such compound as a 'social machine', a machine in which the two aspects are seamlessly interwoven."[1].

Wikipedia is undoubtedly one of these - but what others?
How can such systems be designed from scratch, and to what ends?


The teleconference with Philippe Beaudette
  • Sociam by famine
  • WMUK newsletter piece about the event here


Teleconference with Philippe Beaudette
Wikimedia Foundation Director, Community Advocacy
6:30am PDT / 2:30pm BST on 24th May
Teleconference with Brandon Harris
Wikimedia Foundation Senior Designer
7am PDT / 3pm BST on 25th May
Teleconference with Fabrice Florin
Wikimedia Foundation Product Manager
8:40am PDT / 4:40pm BST on 24th May - See slides
Teleconference with Jessie Wild
Wikimedia Foundation Global Learning & Evaluation
11am BST on 24th May (TBC)
Teleconference with Aaron Halfaker
Wikimedia Foundation Resident Research Scientist
7am PDT / 3PM BST on 24th of May
Wikimedia Hackathon 2013
Wikimedia Hackathon 2013
Wikimedia Hackathon 2013
Wikimedia Hackathon 2013

Calling sociologists, virtual community designers, collaboration designers, social media theorists, online community managers, and anyone else interested in online communities and user experience: You're invited to the Wikimania Social Machines Weekend.

This event will feature semi-structured round-table style discussions, including teleconferences from notable people within the Wikimedia Foundation. Bring a laptop to participate fully.

The aim is to attract attendees working in and around (or just simply interested in) a variety of fields including social technology, community management, user experience design, MMO design, and distributed collaboration. Discussions aim to explore the interface between the various aspects of machine and human factors that come together in producing online social spaces and collaborative environments.

For more background see Main Page/Social Machines.

Time and Location

Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th May
10am - 5pm BST, lunch 1 - 2pm

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days.

The Barbican Centre
Silk St

Notes from the weekend are available on the Etherpad.

Day One: 24 May

General discussion on Social Machines. What can Wikipedia learn from other communities? What can other communities learn from Wikipedia?

  • 11:00am BST - Jessie Wild, Global Learning & Evaluation at The Wikimedia Foundation
  • 2:30pm BST - Philippe Beaudette, Director of Community Advocacy at The Wikimedia Foundation
  • 3:30pm BST - Aaron Halfaker, Research Scientist at The Wikimedia Foundation
  • 4:30pm BST - Fabrice Florin, Product Manager at The Wikimedia Foundation - See slides

Day Two: 25 May

Wikimania 2014 will be the largest concentration of the Wikipedia community ever. How can we take advantage of this unique opportunity?

  • 1:00pm BST - Yaneer Bar-Yam, President New England Complex Systems Institute
  • 3:00pm BST - Brandon Harris, Senior Designer at The Wikimedia Foundation

Teleconferencing in but not yet scheduled...

Attendee List

Attendance is free, just sign up below or on Eventbrite

  1. Samballand99 (talk) 14:04, 24 February 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  2. EdSaperia (talk) 14:39, 24 February 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Giacecco (talk) 8:12, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
  4. Ramine (talk) 23:31, 31 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  5. LloydDavis (talk) 20:33, 7 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  6. WikiBronze [T] 06:34, 8 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  7. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:36, 10 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Lawsonstu (talk) 08:06, 11 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  9. smcdoyle (talk) 14:16, 11 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Fhoehl (talk) 13:25, 11 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Faizan Munawar Ali Varya--Faizanalivarya (talk) 15:21, 11 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  12. KimiLawrie (talk) 14:48, 18 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  13. littlepurplegoth 22:20, 3 May 2014
  14. Danielsmith (talk) 11:43, 7 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Andrew Davidson (talk) 16:56, 22 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Promelior (talk) 14:08, 9 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
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  1. Towards a classification framework for social machines Nigel Shadbolt, Daniel Alexander Smith, Elena Simperl, Max Van Kleek, Yang Yang, Wendy Hall, Web and Internet Science Group, University of Southampton, UK