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Working out the plot: the role of stories in social machines

Working out the plot: the role of stories in social machines
Working out the plot: the role of stories in social machines
Although Social Machines do not have yet a formalized definition, some efforts have been made to characterize them from a “machinery” point of view. In this paper, we present a methodology by which we attempt to reveal the sociality of Social Machines; to do so, we adopt the analogy of stories. By assimilating a Social Machine to a story, we can identify the stories within and about that machine and how this storytelling perspective might reveal the sociality of Social Machines. After illustrating this storytelling approach with a few examples, we then propose three axes of inquiry to evaluate the health of a social machine: (1) assessment of the sociality of a Social Machine through evaluation of its storytelling potential and realization; (2) assessment of the sustainability of a Social Machine through evaluation of its reactivity and interactivity; and (3) assessment of emergence through evaluation of the collaboration between authors and of the distributed/mixed nature of authority.
Tarte, Ségolène
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De Roure, David
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Willcox, Pip
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Simperl, Elena
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Contractor, Noshir
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Hendler, James
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Tarte, Ségolène
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De Roure, David
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Willcox, Pip
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Simperl, Elena
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Contractor, Noshir
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Hendler, James
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Tarte, Ségolène, De Roure, David and Willcox, Pip, (2014) Working out the plot: the role of stories in social machines Simperl, Elena, Contractor, Noshir, Hendler, James and Shadbolt, Nigel (eds.) At The 23rd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2014), Korea, Republic of. 07 - 11 Apr 2014.

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Abstract

Although Social Machines do not have yet a formalized definition, some efforts have been made to characterize them from a “machinery” point of view. In this paper, we present a methodology by which we attempt to reveal the sociality of Social Machines; to do so, we adopt the analogy of stories. By assimilating a Social Machine to a story, we can identify the stories within and about that machine and how this storytelling perspective might reveal the sociality of Social Machines. After illustrating this storytelling approach with a few examples, we then propose three axes of inquiry to evaluate the health of a social machine: (1) assessment of the sociality of a Social Machine through evaluation of its storytelling potential and realization; (2) assessment of the sustainability of a Social Machine through evaluation of its reactivity and interactivity; and (3) assessment of emergence through evaluation of the collaboration between authors and of the distributed/mixed nature of authority.

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Published date: 2014
Venue - Dates: The 23rd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2014), Korea, Republic of, 2014-04-07 - 2014-04-11
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 365878
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365878
PURE UUID: 3f91e7ef-e61e-4542-8999-043ce9d3549a
ORCID for David De Roure: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9074-3016
ORCID for Elena Simperl: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1722-947X

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Date deposited: 23 Jun 2014 11:46
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 02:17

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Author: Ségolène Tarte
Author: David De Roure ORCID iD
Author: Pip Willcox
Editor: Elena Simperl ORCID iD
Editor: Noshir Contractor
Editor: James Hendler
Editor: Nigel Shadbolt

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