See the calendar on the right for upcoming meeting times and topics. (Click on dates in bold to see what's happening.)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Jeffrey Bigham lecture 12/1, DL480 (CS)

Jeffrey Bigham recently started as an assistant professor at the University of Rochester after completing his PhD from the University of Washington (Richard Ladner's group). His research improves web access for the blind. One of his tangible contributions is the WebAnywhere non-visual web browser () that provides convenient text-to-speech and speech-to-text browsing. He has also worked on the making visual touch screens (like the iPhone) accessible to the blind. Over the summer, he was named one of the 35 top young innovators by MIT Technology Review.

The lecture will be held on Dec 1 at 3:30pm in DL 480.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CATS email list

If you'd like to receive CATS emails you can now subscribe to the CATS email list. To subscribe, send an email as follows:

Subject: [anything]
Message text: "subscribe osucats [Firstname] [Lastname]"

The quotes around the text aren't required, and the [name] that you type in the message text will be used to identify you to other list members.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Call for Manuscripts, Mass Communication and Society

Deadline: January 12, 2010

“The Facebook Election: New Media and the 2008 Presidential Campaign”
Special Symposium

Tom Johnson & Dave Perlmutter, Guest Editors

Some political observers dubbed the 2008 presidential campaign as the Facebook election. Barack Obama, in particular, employed Online Social-Interactive Media (OSIM) such as blogs, Twitter, Flickr, Digg, YouTube, MySpace and Facebook to run a grassroots style campaign. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul similarly campaigned using OSIM technology in their organizing efforts. The Obama campaign was keenly aware that voters, particularly the young, are not simply consumers of information, but conduits of information as well. They often replaced the professional filter of traditional media with a social one. OSIMs allowed candidates to do electronically what previously had to be done through shoe leather and phone banks: contact volunteers and donors, and schedule and promote events.

OSIMs changed the way candidates campaigned, how the media covered the election and how voters received information. In this special issue of Mass Communication & Society, we seek theoretically driven and empirically grounded manuscripts on the role of OSIMs in the 2008 election campaign. In particular, we seek submissions that explore the subject in one or several of the following ways:

• Candidates’ use of OSIMs: How did presidential candidates use OSIMs as a tool to present their message, recruit volunteers and to raise money? What effect did the OSIMs have on the way they ran campaigns?
• Voters’ use of OSIMs: How did voters use OSIMS to get information on the 2008 campaign? How credible and useful did they judge political information from OSIMs? What effect did OSIMs have on their political attitudes, cognitions and behaviors?
• Traditional Media and OSIMs: How did legacy media and their online counterparts cover the OSIM phenomenon? How did they employ OSIMs in their election coverage?

This special issue of Mass Communication and Society will appear at the end of 2010. Submitted papers should follow the standard submission procedures outlined in the inside back cover of the journal. Authors should specify in their submission letter that they wish their submission to be considered for the 2008 Campaign New Media Symposium and must be received by January 12, 2010.

Friday, September 25, 2009

First meeting today

The first CATS meeting of the quarter is today at 2:30pm in JR106. Whether your a seasoned researcher or a new grad student, if you're interested in this topic we hope you will join us.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New tech lab space

As many of you know, two new tech-oriented research spaces are being created in the Journalism building. Planning started more than a year old, and I understand that the work is now underway and that the spaces may be available soon. In the meantime, I thought everyone would like to see the floor plans. (I got a copy after asking about the status of another room.)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Twitter's long tail

A new study coming out of the Harvard Business School concludes that very few Twitter users send messages using the service, suggesting that it is used more like a broadcast medium than a peer-to-peer communication network. Specifically, the authors found that although about 4 in 5 (80%) Twitter users are followed by at least one other person, "the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets." These conclusions are drawn based on analysis of the activities of a sample of 300,000 Tweeter users in May 2009.



We are very excited that CATS members have received important awards for their outstanding papers at the AEJMC 2009.

Dr. Dongyoung Sohn's paper "Anatomy of interaction experience: Distinguishing sensory, semantic, and behavioral dimensions of interactivity" has won the first place in the communication technology (CTEC) division - Faculty Paper Competition of AEJMC.

Also, a paper co-authored by four students (two of them, Michael Beam and Nick Geidner, are CATS members) has won the Top Three Student Paper Award in the CTEC division of AEJMC. Their paper title is "Gatekeeping and YouTube: News Filters and the Intermedia Dynamic in the Age of User-Generated Content."

The AEJMC 2009 convention takes place on August 5-8, Boston, Massachusetts.

Friday, June 5, 2009 goes live

There's a new website sponsored by the federal government designed to facilitate access to a vast assortment of government-collected data. The index/archive is still relatively small, but it is expected to grow over the coming months and years. Take a look for yourself:

From the site
"The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Although the initial launch of provides a limited portion of the rich variety of Federal datasets presently available, we invite you to actively participate in shaping the future of by suggesting additional datasets and site enhancements to provide seamless access and use of your Federal data. Visit today with us, but come back often. With your help, will continue to grow and change in the weeks, months, and years ahead."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

OSU CaTS presentations at ICA 2009

A list of OSU CATS presentations at ICA 2009, including times and abstract, is now available here. The complete ICA schedule can be found here. (If I've missed a presentation, please email the relevant info to me.)

HICSS Call for proposals

Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Deadline: June 15, 2009

NOTE: This conference tend to have a more applied focus and a more technical audience.

Following the success of similar minitrack from the past seven HICSS conferences, we invite submissions to the 2010 mini-track on social networking and communities.
We call for papers that address technology and information in support of communities at society, work, school and home, supporting interests of business, learning, society and play. We encourage papers from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or descriptive in nature. Submissions undergo a double-blind peer referee process and those selected for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Submissions must not have been previously published.

Conference details:
January 5 - 8, 2010 (Tuesday – Friday)
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Monday, February 23, 2009

Three upcoming conferences

2009 IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom-09)
Vancouver, Canada, August 29-31, 2009
Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2009 (March 1st for panel proposals)
Conference web site:

Social Computing can be broadly defined as computational facilitation of social studies and human social dynamics as well as design and use of information and communication technologies that consider social context. Social computing has recently become one of the central themes across a number of information and communication technology fields and attracted significant interest from not only researchers in computing and social sciences, but also software and online game vendors, web entrepreneurs, political analysts, digital government practitioners. The 2009 IEEE International Conference on Social Computing provides a key forum for researchers and industry practitioners to exchange information regarding advancements in the state of art and practice of social computing.

PRESENCE 2009: 12th Annual International Workshop on Presence
Los Angeles, California, USA,November 11-13, 2009
Submission deadline: July 1, 2009
Conference web site:

Academics and practitioners with an interest in the concept of (tele)presence are invited to submit their work for presentation at the 12th Annual International Workshop on Presence, to be held in Los Angeles, California on November 11-13, 2009. Often described as a sense of "being there" in a mediated environment, telepresence is broadly defined as a psychological state or subjective perception in which a person fails to accurately and completely acknowledge the role of technology in an experience. It is a rich, fascinating subject of scientific investigation, artistic exploration and diverse application, with increasingly important implications for the ways in which people work, play and live, and technologies are developed.

PRESENCE 2009 is co-organized by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR; and The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT;

6th Conference of the Media Psychology Division (German Psychological Society)
Focus-Theme: "New Media and Interactive Systems"
Submission deadline: April 1, 2009
University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, September 9th to 11th, 2009
Conference web sites: (not working as of 2/26)

The 6th Conference of the Media Psychology Division (German Psychological Society) will take place from September 9 to September 11, 2009 at the University Duisburg-Essen (Campus Duisburg), Germany, chaired by Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer. The division chairs as well as local chair and the Department for Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science cordially invite you to Duisburg.

This year´s focus theme is "New Media and Interactive Systems". By suggesting a focus theme we aim at concentrating results, advancing theoretical development in this area and fostering exchange with other psychological disciplines as well as with neighbouring disciplines. However, contributions on all areas of media psychology are welcome.

For the first time, the conference is to be held in English. We thus invite not only German media psychologists but also European and other international researchers to contribute. All contributions will be peer-reviewed. You can submit position and review papers (extended abstract of 1000 words each), research papers (300 word abstract including results) and posters (300 word abstract).

University Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer
Social Psychology – Media and Communication
D-47057 Duisburg
Telefon: +49-(0)203-379-2482 / Fax: +49-(0)203-379-3670

Friday, February 13, 2009

Call for Nominations for the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award

The Communication and Technology (CAT) division of the International Communication Association (ICA) invites nominations for the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award. This award honors the memory of Prof. Dordick by recognizing annually the most outstanding dissertation on communication and technology produced in the preceding year. The award will be presented this coming year at the Business Meeting of the CAT division during the 2009 ICA conference in Chicago. The rules for nominating a dissertation are:

1. Any CAT-related dissertation completed (i.e., successfully defended) between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008 is eligible for consideration. Dissertation authors need not be members of CAT division to be considered, but must be ICA members to accept the award.

2. Dissertations may be nominated by the author, dissertation advisor or a professional colleague. Full contact information of the author and the nominee must be provided, including name, phone number, surface mail address, and email address.

3. Nomination materials should include: (a) the author’s contact information, (b) proof of completion of the dissertation along with date, (c) a one-page abstract of the dissertation, (d) a 1-2 page statement describing the significance of the work and why it is deserving of the award, and (e) a representative chapter, selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper distilling it, up to 30 (double-spaced) pages maximum, excluding references, tables, and figures.

4. The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is midnight of February 15, 2009 (Greenwich Mean Time). Submissions must be made electronically in PDF form to (Free PDF converters are available on the web including at or

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

CIOS ranks OSU #2 in technology research

The Communications Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS) has ranked the School of Communication second in the nation for research in the technology area. The ranking is based on publications included in the ComAbstracts database.

Clear here to see the full list of ranked research schools. More information about the ranking process is here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Guest blogging for Discovery Tech

A few months ago I received a note from a producer for Discovery Tech, a web site run by the Discovery Channel. She's start a guest blog, and wants to give student researchers an opportunity to tell the world about their work, what it's like being a student in this area, and so forth. She said she was open to single posts, or a regular series. You can see the blog here: If you're interested, let me know and I'll see if she's still looking for people. -Kelly

New Faculty Member Hired

We are very excited that Brandon Van Der Heide will join the School of Communication in fall 2009 as a new Assistant Professor in the field of communication technology.
He is a great fit for our research group with his interest in effects of communication technology on communicative processes and his recent research studies.
Brandon comes from Michigan State University.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome to the CATS website!

The research group CATS has two main goals:
1. “Stimulation”: The discussion of different research projects, theories, and methods should stimulate group members and give them new ideas for their own research projects.
2. “Synergy”: Group members have a better chance to find similarities of their work if they know the different research fields and projects. That should lead to new cooperation with/between graduate students/faculty members.

CATS provides many opportunities for discussions and presentations. You are very welcome to join our group as an activ member or attend regular meetings as an interested guest.
If you have questions or requests, please contact Dr. Axel Westerwick at