Research

Mark Zachry

Summer 2019

Beyond Makerspaces

Interested in design? hacking? invention? tinkering? Curious about other people who are and the spaces in which they work? Intrigued by alternative modes of production?

In recent years, the maker movement has captured the imagination of a broad cross-section of society. Makerspaces of different types have emerged across the Seattle area, including many locations in the heart of the city, in rural settings, and even on the UW campus. Some of these efforts have thrived while others have dissolved or been re-imagined into alternative formations.

This summer DRG will focus on enacting community strategy in the maker movement. Our initial focus will be on sustainability, and our effort this summer will be gathering key experts, industry and technology representatives, and community leaders in Seattle to build relationships, have discussions, and work together toward sustainable solutions. We will work with members of the maker community to bring together technical and sociopolitical perspectives to discover a pathway for fostering sustainable, relational community design in the maker movement.

Our focus will be conducting research (interviews, observations, secondary sources) to design and conduct an event to be held in August. Together, we will use a research-driven approach to design the event, which we now envision as a retreat. Students can expect to learn and practice community strategy, participatory design, and ethnographic methods for user/stakeholder research and engagement. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn and practice collaborative analysis of the data to generate actionable findings, including documentation of the collaborative process itself, and to improve upon the event model for future iterations.

Required Availability

  • Attend our 2-hour meeting each week on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m (starting with the kick-off meeting on June 26). Our initial and final meetings during the summer will be held at UW; our other weekly meetings will be held in downtown Seattle makerspaces.
  • Work 4 hours each week outside of meetings
  • Register for 2 credits for summer quarter of HCDE 496/596

This DRG is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Depending on space availability, preference will be given to students already admitted to an HCDE program. We anticipate that a team of 5-8 students will participate in this DRG.

This DRG will be jointly led by Mark Zachry (University of Washington), Ann Shivers-McNair (University of Arizona), Clarissa San Diego (Founder and CEO, Makerologist) and Rex St. John (Senior Manager, IoT Ecosystem, Arm). Please direct any questions to Mark Zachry (zachry@uw.edu). 

If you are interested in joining this DRG, please complete this application form. The deadline for applications is May 20. We will notify all applicants of our decisions by May 24.


Spring 2019

Do conflicts make the Spanish editions of Wikipedia better?

Co-directed by PhD student Taryn Bipat, and Professors David McDonald and Mark Zachry 

How many times has Wikipedia articles saved you from failing a homework assignment? Those articles would not have been of so much help if it were not for the contributors. These contributors do not always agree with each other. In this DRG, we will address how the conflict arises in the Wikipedia community.

To further understand this challenge, we will explore how editors behave across the various language editions of Wikipedia. While collaboration in the English Wikipedia has been researched extensively, these other language editions remain understudied. The goal of this project is to understand editor behavior in the English and Spanish language edition of Wikipedia.

We are looking for students during Winter quarter to help with a study understanding how conflict occurs between Wikipedia’s editors in the English, French, and Spanish Wikipedias. As part of this research, we will be exploring the literature around editor conflict and multilingual Wikipedia. We will be qualitatively coding editor comments in each language to understand how conflict arises across different language platforms.

We are looking for students, who have experience with or a willingness to learn (1) qualitative coding and (2) user behavior on online collaborative systems (3) Reading comprehension in Spanish is necessary. 

Being a part of this DRG would require attending a Saturday Wikipedia workshop on April 6th from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

This is a 2-credit research group offered to undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596) students. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this google form.


Spring 2019

Do conflicts make the French editions of Wikipedia better?

Co-directed by PhD student Taryn Bipat, and Professors David McDonald and Mark Zachry 

How many times has Wikipedia articles saved you from failing a homework assignment? Those articles would not have been of so much help if it were not for the contributors. These contributors do not always agree with each other. In this DRG, we will address how the conflict arises in the Wikipedia community.

To further understand this challenge, we will explore how editors behave across the various language editions of Wikipedia. While collaboration in the English Wikipedia has been researched extensively, these other language editions remain understudied. The goal of this project is to understand editor behavior in the English and French language edition of Wikipedia.

We are looking for students during Winter quarter to help with a study understanding how conflict occurs between Wikipedia’s editors in the English, French, and Spanish Wikipedias. As part of this research, we will be exploring the literature around editor conflict and multilingual Wikipedia. We will be qualitatively coding editor comments in each language to understand how conflict arises across different language platforms.

We are looking for students, who have experience with or a willingness to learn (1) qualitative coding and (2) user behavior on online collaborative systems (3) Reading comprehension in French is necessary. 

Being a part of this DRG would require attending a Saturday Wikipedia workshop on April 6th from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

This is a 2-credit research group offered to undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596) students. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this google form.


Spring 2019

Do conflicts make the English Wikipedia better?

Note: This DRG is at capacity for Spring 2019

Co-directed by PhD student Taryn Bipat, and Professors David McDonald and Mark Zachry 

How many times has Wikipedia articles saved you from failing a homework assignment? Those articles would not have been of so much help if it were not for the contributors. These contributors do not always agree with each other. In this DRG, we will address how the conflict arises in the Wikipedia community.

We are looking for students during Winter quarter to help with a study understanding how conflict occurs between Wikipedia’s editors in the English Wikipedia. As part of this research, we will be exploring the literature around editor conflict and multilingual Wikipedia. We will be qualitatively coding editor comments to understand how conflict arises across different language platforms.

We are looking for students, who have experience with or a willingness to learn (1) qualitative coding and (2) user behavior on online collaborative systems. 


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