Monday, October 18, 2010

What's up at the IBM Social Software Research Center?

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The IBM Center for Social Software has a lot to celebrate. As you know, the center turned 2 years old last month ( I wonder if I can relate because of my 2 year old, but I digress). Last week, the center kicked off their Fall Speaker series by hosting Craig Watkins (@scraigwatkins). And looking at the back channel chatter, it looks like it was a total success.

The center has been busy as I mentioned earlier. This year alone they have published 10 papers on topics such as file sharing, microblogging, a blog muse, and detecting closeness in social networking sites. If you haven't yet, go ahead and take a look at what's available.

And the projects they are working on? Simply fascinating! One of these projects is called Social Lens and it was presented to bloggers recently and it was very well received. Paul Gillin not only shares his story of what he saw but he also recorded several video clips and compiled them into one. I'll let the video do the talking:

IBM Research Collaboration Lab Demonstration Night Oct. 6, 2010 from Paul Gillin on Vimeo.

MIT's Technology Review also was there (of course since they are only half a mile down the street from the IBM Center for Social Software). You can see MIT's take on IBM Social Software here which is also worth reading. It provides more details into what Social Lens is and even Google's take on it.

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