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Human-Centered Computing Seminar 

Spring '99, 205 South Hall, Tuesday 4-5:30pm.

CS 298-31, ccn: 25284
SIMS 290-3, ccn: 42898

Instructors: John Canny, 529 Soda Hall, x2-9955,, office hours W-Th 2-3pm
Nancy Van House, 307A South Hall, x2-0855,, office hours ??

This semester the theme is "Social Networks meets Computer Networks". We'll continue to have a mixture of information science and social science speakers, but with a bigger emphasis on sociology this time. Sample topics are (i) Online social networks and communities, (ii) Networks in organizations, weak vs. strong ties, how information systems affect them. (iii) Tacit knowledge in organizations, especially the knowledge encoded in social networks and workflows.

HCC Readings: Here is a list of HCC-related books. Please feel free to suggest additions to it.

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Schedule for Spring '99

Date Speaker Title
1/19/99 Bruce Damer
Digital Space Corp.
Cyberspace becomes a Place
1/26/99 Lucy Suchman
Xerox PARC
Putting Working Document Collections Online
2/23/99 Gene Rochlin
UC Berkeley 
Dys-Connected: Vulnerability and Dependence in the Information Age. 
3/9/99 Barry Wellman
SIMS and U. Toronto
Living Networked in a Wired World
3/15/99 **
Amy Bruckman
GVU, Georgia Tech
Beyond Information:
Research on Electronic Learning Communities
3/30/99 Sara Kiesler
CMU and Interval Research
The Internet at Home: Expectations, Realities, and the Future
4/6/99 Paul Dourish
Xerox PARC
Placeless Documents: (abstract)
Talk slides (Powerpoint)
4/13/99 Elisa Bienenstock
Sociology, Stanford
Agency and Structure in Networks of Exchange
4/20/99 Mark Granovetter
Stanford University
The Social Construction of Economic Institutions
4/27/99 Judith Donath
MIT Media Lab
Visualizing Conversations
5/4/99 Phil Agre
UCLA Information Studies
Cyberspace Does Not Exist:
Toward a Theory of the Embedded Internet