Welcome to CS3107 Social Computing

Over the next eleven weeks we will explore a wide variety of topics and trends in Social Media and Computing as we consider the impact of technology on society. I hope that you have found the first face-to-face meeting congenial and hopefully has excited you about the content that we will explore together. As we are studying Social Computing it certainly seems only natural that we employ the tools and processes that we are studying as a part of our own practice. So … from today we will only occasionally be meeting in person but instead will interact through a variety of online means to reflect on how these change the way in which we interact and how they can be effectively employed to share knowledge.

This module will provide an overview of social computing and its evolving impacts on society and business processes and practice. To this end, you will gain first-hand experience of the ways in which social computing technologies can be applied by individuals, communities and organisations.

Social computing encompasses such phenomena as social networking, Enterprise 2.0, internet activism/advocacy, crowdsourcing, e-Government/Government 2.0, social/viral marketing, social information processing, social network analysis and the use of blogging, podcasts, wikis and other collaboration tools. We are going to learn and reflect by doing.

Social computing has altered the ways in which individuals and organisations interact with information systems as well as with each other. New and emerging platforms and services raise new issues that provide new avenues of engagement but come with pitfalls that challenge if smooth embraced by enterprise.

So let’s get started.

On this portal you will find the information you need to participate in this module as well as many of the mechanisms by which we will interact. We will employ a variety of mainstream tools and information about them will be introduced as we need them on a week by week basis.

The weekly schedule will emerge here on Monday of each week (and is subject to change as we go along).

Week 1 – Getting Started with an Introduction to Social Computing

Week 2 – Free and Open Source Development and Wiki Knowledge

Week 3 – Open Innovation

Week 4 – Open Government and eGovernment

Week 5 – Location Based Services

Week 6 – Social Media Engagement

Week 7 – Social Media Management

Week 8 – Trust

Week 9 – Privacy

Week 10 – Trends


In addition you will find links here (as well as the handy sidebar on the right) for:

The Discussion Forums

The various means by which you will be evaluated

  • Solo Assignment – Journal Review (20% – 4 November 2013)
  • Group Assignment – Collaborative Assembly of a Particular Technology/Service/Platform, etc. (30% – 10 December 2013)
  • Contributions to the Blogs, Twitter and Forums (40%)
  • Reflection paper on the nature of online social engagement in this module (10%)

As well as means of contacting me:

  • Twitter: @iridium
  • Email: days@scss.tcd.ie
  • Module Hashtag: #tcdcs3107

I will be monitoring all aspects of the site and will intervene largely to provoke but only where necessary to help expand or carry the conversation and exploration.

On a weekly basis you will need to visit here to find out the weekly lecture and assignment information (set your own schedule whether it be 6-9 Tuesday – or another time which suits you better).

You also need to keep any eye on posts that I make to the blog about Social Computing and aspects thereof. Comment on my posts, and on your own colleagues comments.