Call for applications: Digital Societies and Social Technologies (DSST) Summer Institute

A call for applications has been posted for the 2013 Digital Societies and Social Technologies (DSST) Summer Institute, a joint effort of the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) and the Summer Social Webshop. This year’s Summer Institute will be held July 28th – August 1st, 2013 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

MOOCs, Education and learning; personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; cybersecurity and privacy – these are just a few problem domains where effective design and robust understanding of complex sociotechnical systems is critical. To meet these challenges a trans-disciplinary community of scholars has come together from fields as wide ranging as CSCW, HCI, social computing, organization studies, information visualization, social informatics, sociology, information systems, medical informatics, computer science, ICT for development, education, learning science, journalism, and political science.

Through summer institutes (CSST), extended workshops (Social Webshop), preconference workshops at a wide variety of venues, and other activities (Digital Societies and Technology Research Coordination Network) this community of researchers from academia and industry has developed a strong focus on problems and opportunities arising from the interplay of social and technological systems which span individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.

The 2013 Summer Institute builds on this tradition to strengthen and expand this diverse community by bringing together graduate students, post doctoral students, faculty, and other researchers in four groups at the University of Maryland, College Park on July 28-August 1.

Applications are accepted from four groups: doctoral students, post doctoral students, and pre-tenure faculty; established researchers; emerging multi-disciplinary research teams; and research infrastructure development teams. Application materials are due to Brian Butler, Summer Institute co-coordinator, by April 5th. For more details about the workshop and how to apply, view the announcement and call on the CSST Web site, or contact Summer Institute co-coordinators Brian Butler and Susan Winter.

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