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DICOSE: Data-Intensive Collaboration in Science and Engineering

A workshop (W2) to be held at CSCW 2012 in Seattle, February 11, 2012.

Important Dates

  • Position paper submission deadline: 25 November 2011 Extended to 2 December 2011 Submissions closed
  • Notification of acceptance: 9 December 2011
  • Workshop: 11 February 2012


Science and engineering are facing huge increases in data volumes and shifts toward more data-intensive work. The amount of data being produced is rapidly increasing with the development of new sensing and computer technologies, increasing use of computational simulation, and a move toward larger-scale and more interdisciplinary projects. This trend is affecting not just academic research, but also corporate, government, military, and intelligence work as well. The proliferation of new sensors and increasingly powerful processors is set against the relatively static nature of human cognitive capabilities. This “data deluge” presents challenges for conducting collaborative knowledge work and opportunities to provide better computational and organizational support for that work. This workshop will bring together researchers studying various aspects of collaborative data-intensive work in order to understand these challenges and design systems to support the particular needs of these collaborations.


Location: Cedar B

  • 9:00-10:00: Welcome and Introductions (slides)
  • 10:00-10:30: Framing Data-Intensive Collaboration - Themes and Open Questions from the Papers (slides)
  • 10:30-11:00: Break
  • 11:00-12:15: "Fishbowl" discussions of common themes
    • Context
      • Gardner, Weber, Brown, Cogburn
    • Infrastructure
      • Gokhman, Rubleske, Howe, Kee, McConahy
    • Reusability
      • Belhajjame, Rotman, Rolland, Li
  • 12:15-12:30: Plan breakout sessions
  • 12:30-14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00-15:30: Break-out sessions
  • 15:30-16:00: Break
  • 16:00-16:30: Report back from breakouts
  • 16:30-17:00: Group activity
  • 17:00-17:30: Wrap up discussion and Future plans

Notes and Resources

Please post resources, notes, comments, or links to new pages of workshop-generated content here.

Initial Fishbowl Discussion

Methods Fishbowl Discussion Notes

Data Sharing Fishbowl Discussion Notes

From discussion of who assigns power, there is a very good account recently published on the relationship between economics and science [1]

Accepted Position Papers

  • Khalid Belhajjame, David De Roure & Carole A. Goble. Research Object Management: Opportunities and Challenges. (PDF) (Slides) NotesForBelhajjame
  • Judith M. Brown, Robert Biddle, Stevenson Gossage, Jeff Wilson & Steven Greenspan. Collaboratively Analyzing Large Data Sets using Multitouch Surfaces. (PDF) NotesForBrown
  • Derrick L. Cogburn, Mary E. Hansen & Amy Wozniak. Accelerating Social Science Analysis for a New Age. (PDF) NotesForCogburn
  • Jeffrey P. Gardner. Big Data Collaboration in Astrophysics: A View from the Trenches. (PDF) NotesForGardner
  • Stephanie Gokhman. Emergent Properties of Data-Driven Technological Development in Science. NotesForGokhman
  • Bill Howe, Cecilia Aragon, David Beck, Jeffrey P. Gardner, Ed Lazowska, Tanya McEwen. Supporting Data-Intensive Collaboration via Campus eScience Centers. (PDF) NotesForHowe
  • Kerk F. Kee & Larry D. Browning. Challenges of Scientist-Developers and Adopters of Existing Cyberinfrastructure Tools for Data-Intensive Collaboration, Computational Simulation, and Interdisciplinary Projects in Early e-Science in the U.S.. (PDF) NotesForKee
  • Ben Li. The mirages of big data. (PDF) NotesForLi ReflectionsByBen
  • Amber Lynn McConahy, Ben Eisenbraun, James Howison, James D. Herbsleb, and Piotr Sliz. Techniques for Monitoring Runtime Architectures of Socio-technical Ecosystems. (PDF) NotesForMcConahy
  • Betsy Rolland & Charlotte P. Lee. Post-Doctoral Researchers' Use of Preexisting Data in Cancer Epidemiology Research. (PDF) NoteForRolland
  • Dana Rotman, Jennifer Preece, Derek Hansen & Kezia Procita. Facilitating scientific collaboration through content curation communities. (PDF) NotesForRotman
  • Joe Rubleske & Nicholas Berente. Foregrounding the Cyberinfrastructure Center as Cyberinfrastructure Steward. (PDF) NotesForRubleske
  • Nicholas M. Weber & Karen S. Baker. System Slack in Cyberinfrastructure Development: Mind the Gaps. (PDF) NotesForWeber


  • Matthew J. Bietz, Dept. of Informatics, University of California Irvine
  • Andrea Wiggins, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
  • Mark Handel, The Boeing Company
  • Cecilia Aragon, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Prior Cyberinfrastructure Workshops

This workshop is conceived as part of a series of workshops on HCI and CSCW approaches to cyberinfrastructure and scientific collaboration. Previous workshops were broadly themed, and included:

Questions? Comments?


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