Dissertation topic

Posted on: May 17, 2006

Last semester I came up with an idea for my theoretical foundations class, and I thought it was a bit silly. My adviser totally loved it though, so now it has turned into my dissertation topic. I am going to be studying the social construction of knowledge on social bookmarking sites. I think I am mostly going to be concentrating on delicious. I am not sure exactly where this research will take me, but I am going to be writing a grant proposal to NSF in the summer. Since no one has actually done any significant research on social bookmarking, I am totally starting from scratch here which is a bit daunting to say the least. Good thing I have a few *years* to work on it. I think I will need all the time I can get!

Oh and I have recently (as in today), downloaded a desktop blog client, which I think will help me be a bit more posty. I usually have lots of things to post over the course of the week, but I hate logging into the web interface because its slow and clunky. So this is me taking Qumana for a spin, and hey its free, a poor PhD student couldn’t ask for more :)

2 Responses to "Dissertation topic"

Hey Alla! Are you at UCLA right now? Am joining IU for my masters in HCId…U did yours there too right? Anyway…just thought I ll drop in a Hi!

Hiiiii Shruti,

I am working on my PhD at UCLA right now, but I did graduate from IU with a Master’s in HCI :) I really loved the program and I hope that you will too. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about graduate life, the program, professors, or life.

I still work with Jean Camp and occasionally come back to visit, so maybe we can meet sometime :)

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Alla Zollers

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