Back in February, I went to OSWC XIII.
This is one of my favorite conferences. This was my second time. Two years ago I went and saw Stewart Clegg preside as the “judge” in a mock trial of epistemology and objective knowledge with Bill McKelvey arguing for realism and Ralph Stablein arguing for the reflexive skepticism of a post-modern/constuctionist perspective. I remember it being utterly playful and profound.
The conference focuses on dialog and relationship-building. For example, breakfast, lunch and dinner are with participants. The main presentation are poster sessions from 6-9 with lots or hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and there is lots of skiing and chats on the ski lifts. At my poster session, people stayed until 10 chatting while the bulletin boards were being pulled down.
The focus this year was on technology and innovation. I did a poster about using SIENA to study idea diffusion and idea quality conjointly with endogenous network effects (like reciprocity). I’ll blog more about this one of these days.