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1475First Social Computing grad program launched at University of Michigan

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  • Cynthia Typaldos
    Mar 23, 2007


      From: reputation@yahoogroups.com [mailto:reputation@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Frank DeSanto
      Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 12:03 PM
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      Subject: [reputation] First Social Computing grad program launched at University of Michigan


      University of Michigan School of Information Launches Nation's First
      Master's Degree Specialization in Social Computing

      Ann Arbor , Michigan -- The University of Michigan School of Information
      (SI) offers students the nation's first graduate-degree specialization
      in social computing, as part of its 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 new specializations in:

      - 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 archiving.

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

      These six new programs join existing specializations in:

      - 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.

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      Frank DeSanto
      School of Information
      University of Michigan
      2258 SI North
      1075 Beal Ave
      Ann Arbor , MI 48109-2112
      (734) 647-7313
      (734) 647-8045 fax
      fdesanto@umich. edu