Where are the Breakdowns? Surveying Unsuccessful and Failed Uses of Data

From The Theme POTENTIAL, PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY WHAT IF What if we could better understand best practices for data analytics? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO We set out to illuminate the processes and practices through which individuals from diverse professional backgrounds enact data analytics. Specifically, we conducted an organizational field study to investigate how […]

Trust, Reputation, and Anonymity in Peer to Peer Publishing and Content

From The Theme ONLINE MEDIA CONTENT WHAT IF What if we could develop a truly fair, comprehensive and anonymous mechanism for assigning reputation ratings to self-published work online? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO We set out to explore reputation systems, with a focus on the feasibility of algorithmic techniques that address the issues of […]

Transparent Social Footprints

From The Theme PUBLISH ON DEMAND WHAT IF What if we could help media companies increase revenue by tracking the “social footprints” of their audiences? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO We wanted to examine the requirements needed to develop prototypes for metrics and tools to support media organizations in the shift from print to […]

TweakCorps: Re-targeting Existing Webpages for Diverse Devices and Users

From The Theme PUBLISH ON DEMAND WHAT IF What if there were a machine learning algorithm that could identify and label design elements of web pages? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO We focused on one popular class of semantic identifiers – those concerned with the structure (information architecture) of a page. Across webpages, there […]

Recasting the Textbook

From The Theme PUBLISH ON DEMAND WHAT IF What if active engagement in building stories of history helped students evaluate the sources of information and better understand the perspectives from which history is written? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO We recast the history textbook as an edited on- demand, collaborative collection of historical narratives. […]

Content on the Go: The Economics of the Market for Mobile Apps

From The Theme PUBLISH ON DEMAND WHAT IF What if there were a better way to price apps than pricing based on either raising revenue or raising visibility? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO We studied app pricing decisions in a stylized model to ascertain the relationship between pricing decisions and market visibility. We took […]

Decision Products and Long Term Integrity

From The Theme PUBLISH ON DEMAND WHAT IF What if we could use a software infrastructure to develop a culture that makes high-quality decision products a priority – as if facts, logic, future consequences, and preserving the integrity of those decisions are factors that matter? WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO Our objectives were to […]