Announcing the Best of CSCW 2018!

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5 min readOct 6, 2018


The 2018 ACM conference on computer-supported cooperative work and social computing is coming up in less than a month, and it will feature more paper presentations than any CSCW in the past! The research published and presented at CSCW 2018 is exciting and timely, spanning the social and engineering aspects of information and communication technologies.

This year’s conference features papers from two rounds of submissions: Online First papers, which are already available to read, and a recently completed second round with papers forthcoming (though some have already been featured in write-ups in our Medium publication!). For both of these submission rounds, special awards committees have chosen papers to represent the best of the conference! We are excited to announce the winners of Best Paper awards, as well as Best Paper honorable mentions. These papers represent a spectrum of CSCW topics, from trust in data science to civic data hackathons to helping families with preventative measures for mental health to social media marketing.

All of these papers will be presented during the main conference, November 5–7, in the NYC area. Many of these papers will also continued to be featured with short summaries on our Medium publication, so follow along and we hope to see you at the conference as well. Congratulations to all the authors receiving awards!

Best Papers

Eliciting Values Reflections by Engaging Privacy Futures Using Design Workbooks
Richmond Y. Wong: University of California Berkeley; Deirdre Mulligan: UC Berkeley; Ellen Van Wyk: UC Berkeley; James Pierce: UC Berkeley; John Chuang: UC Berkeley

Hacking with NPOs: Collaborative Analytics and Broker Roles in Civic Data Hackathons
Youyang Hou: University of Michigan; Dakuo Wang: IBM T.J. Waston Research

Collaborative Problem Solving in an Open-Ended Scientific Discovery Game
Aaron Bauer: University of Washington; Zoran Popović: University of Washington

“Trust in Data Science: Collaboration, Translation, and Accountability in Corporate Data Science Projects”
Samir Passi: Cornell University; Steven Jackson: Cornell University

Resolvable vs. Irresolvable Disagreement: A Study on Worker Deliberation in Crowd Work
Mike Schaekermann: University of Waterloo; Joslin Goh: University of Waterloo; Kate Larson: University of Waterloo; Edith Law: University of Waterloo [Blog Post]

Endorsements on Social Media: An Empirical Study of Affiliate Marketing Disclosures on YouTube and Pinterest
Arunesh Mathur: Princeton University; Arvind Narayanan: Princeton University; Marshini Chetty: Princeton University

Making Sense of Group Chat through Collaborative Tagging and Summarization
Amy Zhang: MIT; Justin Cranshaw: Microsoft Research

“‘We can go anywhere’: Understanding independence through a case study of ride-hailing use by people with visual impairments in metropolitan India”
Vaishnav Kameswaran: University of Michigan; Jatin Gupta: University of Michigan; Joyojeet Pal: University of Michigan; Sile O’Modhrain: University of Michigan; Tiffany Veinot: University of Michigan; Robin N. Brewer: University of Michigan; Aakanksha Parameshwar: University of Michigan; Vidhya Y: Microsoft Research India; Jacki O’Neill: Microsoft Research India

‘I Just Let Him Cry…’: Designing Socio-Technical Interventions in Families to Prevent Mental Health Disorders
Petr Slovak: UCL; Nikki Theofanopoulou: Anna Freud Centre; Alessia Cecchet: University of California Santa Cruz; Peter S Cottrell: UC Santa Cruz; Ferran Altarriba Bertran: UC Santa Cruz; Ella Dagan: University of California Santa Cruz; Julian Childs: University College London; Katherine Isbister: University of California Santa Cruz

“Domino: A Descriptive Framework for Hybrid Collaboration and Coupling Styles in Partially Distributed Teams”
Thomas Neumayr: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; Hans-Christian Jetter: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; Mirjam Augstein: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; Judith Friedl: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; Thomas Luger: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Applications of Social Identity Theory to Research and Design in Social Computing
Joseph Seering: Carnegie Mellon University; Felicia Ng: Carnegie Mellon University; Zheng Yao: Carnegie Mellon University; Geoff Kaufman: Carnegie Mellon University

Honorable Mentions

Collocated Use of Imaging Systems in Coordinated Surgical Practice”
Helena Mentis: University of Maryland Baltimore County

Service Providers of the Sharing Economy: Who Joins and Who Benefits?
Qing Ke: Indiana University Bloomington

Private Peer Feedback as Engagement Driver in Humanitarian Mapping
Martin Dittus: University College London (UCL); Licia Capra: University College London (UCL)

Technologies, Methods, and Values: Changes in Empirical Research at CSCW 1990–2015
James R Wallace: University of Waterloo; Saba Oji: University of Waterloo; Craig Anslow: Victoria University of Wellington

“Motivation Affects Levels of Attention, Dropouts, and Study Performance on Volunteer-based Online Experiments”
Eunice Jun: ; Gary Hsieh: University of Washington; Katharina Reinecke: University of Washington

Why Users Do Not Want to Write Together When They Are Writing Together: Users’ Rationales for Today’s Collaborative Writing Practices
Dakuo Wang: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Haodan Tan: Indiana University Bloomington; Tun Lu: Fudan University

“Managing Organizational Culture in Online Group Mergers”
Charles Kiene: University of Washington; Aaron Shaw: Northwestern University; Benjamin Mako Hill: University of Washington

Auditing Partisan Audience Bias within Google Search
Ronald E Robertson: Northeastern University; Shan Jiang: Northeastern University; Kenneth Joseph: Northeastern University; Lisa Friedland: Northeastern University; David Lazer: Northeastern University; Christo Wilson: Northeastern University

“#pray4victims: Consistencies in Response to Disaster on Twitter”
Cody Buntain: University of Maryland; Jungkyu Rhys Lim: University of Maryland

Social Media as Social Transition Machinery
Oliver L. Haimson: University of Michigan School of Information

Entangled with Numbers: Quantified Self and Others in a Team-Based Online Game
Yubo Kou: Florida State University; Xinning Gui: University of California, Irvine

UMI3D: A Unity3D Toolbox to Support CSCW Systems Properties in Generic 3D User Interfaces
Julien Casarin: Gfi Informatique; Nicolas Pacqueriaud: GFI Informatique; Dominique Bechmann [Blog Post]

Debiasing Desire: Addressing Bias & Discrimination on Intimate Platforms
Jevan A Hutson: University of Washington; Jessie G Taft: Cornell Tech; Solon Barocas: Cornell University; Karen EC Levy: Cornell University

Mapping Silences, Reconfiguring Loss: Practices of Damage Assessment & Repair in Post-Earthquake Nepal
Robert Soden: University of Colorado Boulder; Austin Lord: Cornell University [Blog Post]

“How Latino Children in the U.S. Engage in Collaborative Online Information Problem Solving with their Families”
Laura R. Pina: University of Washington; Carmen Gonzalez: University of Washington; Carolina Nieto: University of Washington; Wendy Roldan: University of Washington; Edgar Onofre: University of Washington; Jason Yip: University of Washinton

“Efficient Crowd Exploration of Large Networks: The Case of Causal Attribution”
Daniel Berenberg: University of Vermont; James Bagrow: University of Vermont

“Personal Informatics in Interpersonal Contexts: Towards the Design of Technology that Supports the Social Ecologies of Long-Term Mental Health Management”
Elizabeth Murnane: Stanford University; Tara Walker: University of Colorado Boulder; Beck Tench: University of Washington; Stephen Voida: University of Colorado; Jaime Snyder: University of Washington

“Knowing That You Know What I Know Helps? Understanding the Effects of Knowledge Transparency in Online Knowledge Transfer”
Chi-Lan Yang: Institute of Information Systems and Applications; Chien Wen (Tina) Yuan: Fu Jen University; Tzu-Yang Wang: University of Tsukuba; Hao-Chuan Wang: UC Davis

Information Needs in Contemporary Code Review
Luca Pascarella: Delft University of Technology; Davide Spadini: Software Improvement Group; Fabio Palomba: University of Zurich; Magiel Bruntink: Software Improvement Group; Alberto Bacchelli: University of Zurich

To see presentations on these papers and many more, register to join us at CSCW in November!

Authors: Links to papers have been included here when easily found; feel free to comment with a link to your paper if not already included!




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