Tinati, Ramine and Carr, Les
Understanding social machines
At Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT), 2012 International Conference on and 2012 International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), Netherlands.
03 - 05 Sep 2012.
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The framework introduced in this paper aims to reflect the characteristics that social machines have been described to have. The framework uses a mixed methods approach underpinned by social theory to provide a detailed and rich understanding of the socio-technical nature of a social machine. The strength of this lies in the diversity of the data being used; whilst the quantitative approach can provide mathematical rigor to the structure and properties of the networks and appreciate its scale, the qualitative approach seeks to examine the `social relations', and the context to how the social machine is enabling humans and technologies to interact and shape each other. Like many studies using empirical-based research, this framework takes advantage of the complementary nature that mixed methods offers, and pushes it further by using an analytical socio-technical lens.
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