URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
Social network analysis
- Adapting old structures to new challenges – Does adding more nodes to a network make for more effective “networking”?
- Identifying emergent communities in complex networks – visual explanations of why it’s often hard to predict communities within larger networks
- Is email one of the last private spaces online? “This realm of asynchronous communication is akin to our living rooms. They’re private spaces that others are invited into. You select who enters your inbox, whether that’s by opting-in for a newsletter or sharing your email address with a friend or colleague.”
- The psychology of mass government surveillance – “Just how accepting are people of surveillance in the first place? In short, not very. Across all 13 countries, there was no majority support for surveillance – only 26% of people, overall, agreed that the government should monitor the communications and Internet activity of its own citizens, while a similar number (29%) felt their government should monitor overseas citizens.”
- What do members want from scholarly societies? A preliminary look at a recent survey of 14, 000 people evenly spread across 3 age ranges. “The top reason for renewing [society membership] (41%) is feeling connected to the community” but there’s more that can be done in terms of marketing: “15% of non-member respondents said they haven’t joined a society because they haven’t been invited! A further 12% (each) responded that “it never occurred to me to join one” or “I don’t know what’s available in my field””
Social media/networks/data sharing
- Paige Brown defends her PhD thesis on the science blogging ecosystem this week – and has shared slides summarising her dissertation.
- The importance of informed consent in social media research – “Contextual integrity refers to a theory of privacy in which the protection of personal information is linked to the norms of information flow in a specific context. Thus, contextual integrity ties adequate protection for privacy to norms in a specific context. In essence, it demands that information collection and its dissemination should be appropriate to the context.”
- How articles get noticed and advance the scientific conversation
- A look at the hook model for engagement.
Working with technology
- Personalizing discovery without sacrificing serendipity – “One approach would be to apply usage data as a mechanism to gauge the importance or notoriety of an individual item, allowing for materials to be discovered from further afield only insofar as they were relatively important….This type of approach underscores the importance of controlling, or at least having access to, data not only about researchers’ interests and practices, but also about research materials and how they are used.”
Social media developments
- Twitter unveils Periscope – a new video live-streaming app (see also “Meerkat is dying and it’s taking US tech journalism with it” and why live video is hard to do -“We humans are not good at being spontaneously amazing. While there are times when unedited video is important – in the face of disaster or when trying to show the ugly or truly beautiful – mankind does not need to be video-streamed.”
- Flipboard launches private magazines for groups –“With the update, Flipboard is taking its own stab at participating in the trend toward more private sharing that’s occurring across a number of social media sites today.”