BYOR

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Bring Your Own Research Workshop[edit]

BYOR is a research workshop for CDSC affiliates and fellow travelers at Northwestern currently being run by Jeremy Foote and Sneha Narayan. Participants present research-in-progress and provide feedback, accountability, and support to each other in weekly meetings. Most members of the group are affiliates of the Media, Technology & Society and Technology & Social Behavior programs at Northwestern and study online communities, collective action, organizations, collaboration, and related topics.

Get connected/involved[edit]

We currently (as of Fall 2017) meet every other Monday 1:15-2:30pm in or near room 2-419 of the Frances Searle Building on the Northwestern University Campus.

The best way to get information about the workshop is to email Jeremy or to subscribe to our email list: byor@listserv.it.northwestern.edu by sending an email to listserv@listserv.it.northwestern.edu with "subscribe byor <full_name>" (replace "<full_name>" with your name) in the body of the message.

Format and expectations[edit]

  • If you are circulating work, we welcome all projects in any stage, but we ask that it be unpublished work in some stage where the group's feedback will likely matter to you. No formatting requirements, but please share a minimum of 500-1000 words (if you're at a very early stage of a project) to give the group something to engage with. Longer pieces are welcome too.
  • If you circulate written work, please do so no less than 1 business day prior to our meeting. (Note that this means Friday for a Monday meeting).
  • Instead of circulating written work, you can also do a presentation. If it's early stage work, you might think of this as a 5-10 minute pitch for the project. If it's something that's further along, you could do a longer presentation. No matter what, I recommend limiting presentations to an absolute maximum of 15 minutes.
  • At times, we have had short (20 minutes total) and long (45 minutes total) discussion slots. Please sign up for a time slot that you believe is appropriate. If you're not sure what's appropriate, you should ask.
  • Each discussion will usually begin with an around-the-table where everyone offers one comment on the work that was circulated (after any other updates).

Snacks[edit]

Food restrictions the current quarter: no soy, no meat.

Plan on food for ~8 people and we tend to try and have at least one option that is not super sugary. The budget if you're planning on being reimbursed is $50; receipts go to Jordan Dues.

Schedule[edit]

Fall 2017[edit]

  • September 5: Cancelled
  • September 19
  • October 3
    • Circulate work: Ashley Niler (discussing how leadership forms from social roles in online peer production groups)
  • October 16
    • Circulate work: Jeremy (ABM paper), Sneha (job materials)
    • Snacks:
  • October 30
  • November 13
  • November 27
  • December 11

Summer 2017[edit]

  • June 30 -- project updates.
  • July 14 -- discussion of Wikipedia Matters paper.
    • Isaac: snacks
    • Nick Vincent: Brief "research pitch" on Intelligent Systems and their Algorithms: A Contributor to Rising Economic Inequality. Examining the asymmetric division of rewards for user-generated content.
  • July 28
  • August 11
  • August 25

Spring 2017[edit]

  • March 27
  • April 3
    • Circulate work: Morgan Clark
    • Snacks: Jeremy
  • April 10
  • April 17
    • Circulate work: Miriam
    • Snacks: Yongsung
  • April 24
    • Circulate work: Jeremy and Yongsung
    • Snacks: Miriam
  • May 1
    • Circulate work: Isaac's ICWSM presentation
    • Snacks: Alicia
  • May 8
    • Circulate work:
    • Snacks:
  • May 15
    • Circulate work: Yongsung
    • Snacks:
  • May 22
    • Circulate work:
    • Snacks: Morgan
  • May 29
    • Circulate work: Sneha (Proposal defense practice)
    • Snacks:
  • June 5
    • Circulate work: Alicia
    • Snacks:

Winter 2017[edit]

  • January 23
    • Circulate work: Miriam's Prospectus
    • Snacks: Jeremy
  • January 30
    • Circulate work: Jeremy's Collective Intelligence abstract
  • February 6
    • Circulate work: Rong's paper "Leveraging Team Diversity toward Collaborative Crowdsourcing Success"
    • Snacks: Sneha
  • February 13
    • Circulate work: Miriam (will just talk, so no materials in advance) + Isaac (talk on Wikipedia + Urban-Rural Divide, so no materials in advance)
    • Snacks: Ashley
  • February 20
    • Circulate work: Aaron, Jim, and Darren on Zooniverse
    • Snacks: Miriam
  • February 27
    • No meeting! (too many people at CSCW)
  • March 6
    • Cat Turco book discussion!
    • Snacks: Aaron
  • March 13
    • Circulate work: Sneha, part of dissertation proposal
    • Snacks: Rong

Fall 2016[edit]

  • October 3
    • Discuss Isabella's draft conference paper
    • Snacks: Sneha
  • October 10
    • Circulate work: Jim
    • Snacks: Isabella
  • October 17
    • Circulate work: Rong (Crowdfunding public goods on Kickstarter)
    • Snacks: Brent
  • October 24
    • Circulate work: Sneha
    • Snacks: Rong
  • October 31
    • Circulate work: Miriam
    • Snacks: Aaron
  • November 7
    • Circulate work: Aaron
    • Snacks: Jeremy
  • November 14
    • Circulate work:
    • Snacks:
  • November 21
    • Circulate work:
    • Snacks:
  • November 28
    • Circulate work: Isaac
    • Snacks:
  • December 5
    • Social gathering sometime this week!

Spring 2016[edit]

  • April 4
    • Debrief from prior quarter & plan upcoming sessions
    • Circulate work: ??? (only 1 person max!)
    • Snacks: Aaron will bring some fruit!
  • April 11
    • Long window: Aaron (anonedits)
    • Short window: Sneha
    • Snacks/Fruit: William
  • April 18
    • Goal setting (40 min). Everyone will create:
      • A sentence or two describing the project you will work on in BYOR this quarter.
      • The outcome you aim to produce by the end of the quarter
      • Milestones, timeline, and/or Gantt chart from April 18-June 6 (and beyond if necessary).
    • Short window: Jim
    • Snacks: Sneha
  • April 25
    • Shortish window: Jeremy
    • Short window: William
    • Snacks: Jeremy
  • May 2
    • Long window:
    • Short window: Jim
    • Snacks: Jim
  • May 9
    • Short window: Rey
    • Snacks: ???
  • May 16 (in the Collablab conference room!)
    • Long window: Sneha/Jeremy ICA presentations
    • Snacks: Rey
  • May 23
    • Long window: Jim
    • Short window: Rey
    • Snacks: William
  • May 30 - NO BYOR

Winter 2016[edit]

  • January 22
    • Rey Maktoufi
  • January 29
    • Marlon Twyman
    • Isabella Loaiza Saa
    • (Snacks: Jim Maddock)
  • February 5
    • Ashley Walker
    • Mike DeVito
    • (Snacks: Sneha)
  • February 12
    • Jeremy Foote
    • William Marler
    • (Snacks: Jeremy Foote)
  • February 19
    • Miriam Boon
    • Kyosuke Tanaka
    • (Snacks: Kyosuke Tanaka)
  • February 26
    • Sneha Narayan
    • Isabella's panic attack alleviation
    • (Snacks: Miriam)
  • March 11 (Note the date change)
    • Miriam Boon
    • Mike DeVito
    • (Snacks: ???)