To: "CHI-ANNOUNCEMENTS at LISTSERV.ACM.ORG"
I'm happy to write that the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is now funding: "A research coordination network (RCN) for Digital Societies and Technologies". The focus of the RCN is towards community building for sociotech scholars. This initial funding for this Digital Societies and Technologies RCN will run through December, 2016 in support of three broad efforts: (1) sociotech community building; (2) planning and piloting shared sociotech resources(heading towards a community cyberinfrastructure) and (3) expanding the breadth, depth, impact and visibility of sociotech scholarship.
The Digital Societies and Technologies RCN and the successful Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) summer research institutes (http://sociotech.net/) serve a similar community of scholars. However, the summer research institute is not a part of the RCN effort - it remains both a vibrant activity and distinct from the RCN.
Beyond sharing the good news, we write to draw your attention to opportunities to participate in events supported by the Digital Societies and Technologies RCN. Calls for participation in specific events and projects will begin being announced over the coming months and much of the RCN funding is to support workshops of various kinds. We'll need your help to plan, organize, staff and participate in these!
Feel free to share this news with sociotech colleagues and others.
Sincerely, the RCN steering committee:
Steve Sawyer (PI) (Syracuse), Wayne Lutters (Co-PI) (UM-BC), Brian Butler (Co-PI) (UM-CP), Diane Bailey (Texas), Dan Cosley (Cornell), Tom Finholt (Michigan), Sean Goggins (Drexel) and Andrea Tapia (Penn State).