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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
-- 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.