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Robert Laubacher
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
24Publications
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1,242Citations
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Feb 25, 2017 in CSCW (Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work)
#1Thomas W. Malone (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 53
#2Jeffrey V. Nickerson (Stevens Institute of Technology)H-Index: 19
Last.W. Ben Towne (CMU: Carnegie Mellon University)H-Index: 6
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A key issue, whenever people work together to solve a complex problem, is how to divide the problem into parts done by different people and combine the parts into a solution for the whole problem. This paper presents a novel way of doing this with groups of contests called contest webs. Based on the analogy of supply chains for physical products, the method provides incentives for people to (a) reuse work done by themselves and others, (b) simultaneously explore multiple ways of combining interc...
#1Joshua Introne (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 7
#2Robert Laubacher (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 12
Last.Thomas W. Malone (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 53
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Global climate change is one of the most challenging problems humanity has ever faced. Fortunately, a new way of solving large, complex problems has become possible in just the last decade or so. Examples like Wikipedia and Linux illustrate how the work of thousands of people can be combined in ways that would have been impossible only a few years ago. Inspired by systems like these, we developed the Climate CoLab—a global, on-line platform in which thousands of people around the world work toge...
#1Joshua Introne (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 7
#2Robert Laubacher (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 12
Last.Thomas W. Malone (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 53
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Computational simulation models help support scientifically grounded "what if" analyses by translating specialized knowledge into tools that can project the likely future impact of current actions. Models have thus become important in a variety of policy domains. In recent years, several software platforms for environmental policy-making and urban planning have added simulation models to decision support tools to provide stakeholders with direct access to these models. In this paper, we discuss ...
Jun 6, 2011 in Hypertext (ACM Conference on Hypertext)
#1Keiichi Nemoto (Fuji Xerox)H-Index: 5
#2Peter A. Gloor (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 26
Last.Robert Laubacher (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 12
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In this study we measure the impact of pre-existing social capital on the efficiency of collaboration among Wikipedia editors. To construct a social network among Wikipedians we look to mutual interaction on the user talk pages of Wikipedia editors. As our data set, we analyze the communication networks associated with 3085 featured articles - the articles of highest quality in the English Wikipedia, comparing it to the networks of 80154 articles of lower quality. As the metric to assess the qua...
#2Robert Laubacher (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 12
Last.Giuseppina PassianteH-Index: 12
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The emergence of the blogosphere has created new challenges for large companies in the management of their corporate reputations, since grass roots blogs can generate negative perceptions about a firm and then spread them rapidly and widely. The blogosphere has also created new opportunities for firms to enhance their reputations, because the informal and personal communication that occurs on blogs may generate significant positive ‘Internet word of mouth’. This paper examines the interaction be...
May 1, 2011 in CTS (Collaboration Technologies and Systems)
#1Joshua Introne (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 7
#2Robert Laubacher (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 12
Last.Thomas W. Malone (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 53
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The Climate CoLab is a system to help thousands of people around the world collectively develop plans for what humans should do about global climate change. This paper shows how the system combines three design elements (model-based planning, on-line debates, and electronic voting) in a synergistic way. The paper also reports early usage experience showing that: (a) the system is attracting a continuing stream of new and returning visitors from all over the world, and (b) the nascent community c...
#1Thomas W. MaloneH-Index: 53
#2Robert LaubacherH-Index: 12
Last.Chrysanthos DellarocasH-Index: 35
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