About me

Kevin Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science,
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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Kevin Crowston is a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (aka the iSchool). He received his A.B. (1984) in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research examines new ways of organizing made possible by the use of information technology. He approaches this issue in several ways: empirical studies of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations (especially virtual organization); theoretical characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of systems to support people working together. For more information, please consult his vitae and now quite out-of-date Fall 2005 research statement (both in PDF). Specific domains of interest include free/libre open source software development projects, citizen science projects and research data management.

He is a co-PI on a recently awarded NSF INSPIRE project: "INSPIRE: Teaming Citizen Science with Machine Learning to Deepen LIGO's View of the Cosmos" (15-47880). He is the former PI on 2 other NSF-sponsored projects: NSF SOCS Grant 11-11107 for "SOCS: Socially intelligent computing for coding of qualitative data" (see here for details); and NSF SOCS Grant 12-11071 for "Collaborative Research: Focusing Attention to Improve the Performance of Citizen Science Systems: Beautiful Images and Perceptive Observers" (see here for details). He and Jian Qin recently were awarded a research challenge grant from ICPSR for the development and dissemination of a capability maturity model for research data management (see here for details).

Stigmergy in ACM Ubiquity

My work with James Howison and Francesco Bolici on stigmergy in software development was picked up by ACM Ubiquity: http://ubiquity.acm.org/blog/why-cant-programmers-be-more-like-ants-or-a...

DataONE Personas published

The DataONE Personas have been published on the DataONE website. Each persona describes a typical user that the DataONE system might support.

NSF INSPIRE project funded

An NSF INSPIRE project on which I'm a co-PI (along with Carsten Østerlund) was just funded! The project award 15-47880, titled "INSPIRE: Teaming Citizen Science with Machine Learning to Deepen LIGO's View of the Cosmos". The project, joint with Northwestern University, Cal State Fullerton and the Adler Planetarium, will develop a novel citizen science project to classify glitches from the LIGO gravitational wave detector. You can read more here.

Presentation at the National Academy of Science

On 18 Sep 2015, I gave a short talk at the National Academies in a Symposium on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science, in response to the chapter on virtual work. You can see the whole symposium here, my talk here and the questions and answers here.

Springer Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence published!

The Springer Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence has been published including an article by me on Open Source Technology Development and another on Citizen Science, among many other topics.

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