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    Paste from Prediction Markets google group at: http://groups.google.com/group/Prediction- Markets/browse_thread/thread/cb77c265d51a4d12 ANN ARBOR, Mich., March
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2007
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      ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook. YouTube.
      Wikipedia. Flickr. They're the user-created stuff of Web 2.0 -- also
      known as social computing -- that have changed the way people
      interact with computers and each other.

      Developing a formal understanding of the underlying dynamics at play
      and the critical technology choices has required a patchwork of
      academic courses at a select few institutions.

      Now the University of Michigan School of Information (SI) offers
      students the nation's first graduate-degree specialization in social
      computing through the Master of Science in Information.

      SI faculty have been leaders in inventing and analyzing many of the
      underlying techniques that have powered the rise of social
      computing, including recommender systems, reputation systems,
      prediction markets, social network analysis, online communities, and
      computer-supported cooperative work.

      The specialization is one of nine the School offers -- six of which
      are newly launched -- that prepare students for careers in long-
      established and newly emerging fields.

      "Our specializations give students more choice and more flexibility
      than ever before," says Judy Lawson, director of academic and career
      services. "They also respond to the needs of organizations in hot
      fields like social computing. Employers want graduates with a deep
      understanding of how to manage information and at the same time make
      it easily accessible to users. SI is staying ahead of the curve."

      In addition to Social Computing, the School offers specializations

      -- Incentive-Centered Design -- Teaches the art of designing systems
      or institutions to align individual incentives with overall
      organizational goals. It draws deeply from economics, psychology,
      and sociology, with computer science as a unifying thread.

      -- Community Informatics -- Prepares students for positions as
      public interest information professionals and technical leaders for
      nonprofit organizations, government agencies, community development
      agencies, and entrepreneurial social ventures.

      -- Information Analysis and Retrieval -- Teaches how information is
      stored in computer systems, how it is searched and analyzed, and how
      humans access it.

      -- Preservation of Information -- Identifies preservation challenges
      and standards-based preservation practices and responds to the
      urgent need for expertise in preservation, digital curation, and Web

      -- Information Policy -- Prepares students to analyze and design
      information policy at both the organizational and general public
      policy level.

      -- Library and Information Services -- Prepares students for all
      aspects of librarianship. Students may also choose a track for
      careers in K-12 school media.

      -- Archives and Records Management -- Teaches concepts and
      techniques to manage historical materials as well as methods that
      can be applied in information systems design to support integrity,
      authenticity, access, and long-term preservation of records.

      -- Human-Computer Interaction -- Educates the professional who
      designs and develops technologies that fit the organization and work
      practices, the work to be done, and the capabilities of the user.

      The multidisciplinary School of Information has a rich history of
      innovative teaching and path-breaking research. The School also
      offers dual master's degrees in business, law, medicine, nursing,
      public policy, and social work, and a Ph.D. in information.

      Details about the School are available at si.umich.edu/go or by
      calling (734) 763-2285.

      Website: http://si.umich.edu/
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