Welcome on the website of the interdisciplinary Research Training Group "User-Centred Social Media" (Graduiertenkolleg „Nutzerzentrierte Soziale Medien“) at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive ScienceUniversity of Duisburg-Essen. This programme is funded by DFG and started on October 1, 2015. 

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General Research Focus

User-Centred Social Media (UCSM)

The emergence of Social Media marks a significant step in the application of information and communication technology with a profound impact on people, businesses, and society. Social Media constitute complex sociotechnical systems, encompassing potentially very large user groups, both in public and organizational contexts, and exhibiting features such as user-generated content, social interaction and awareness, and emergent functionality. While Social Media use is widespread and increasing, significant research gaps exist with respect to analyzing and understanding the characteristics and determinants of user behaviour, both at the individual and the collective level, as well as regarding the user-centered design of Social Media systems, aiming at empowering users to better appropriate, control and adapt systems for their individual goals.  There is a growing demand in academia and in industry for scientifically trained experts that are knowledgeable both in the human-oriented and the technical aspects of Social Media.   

The Research Training Group "User-Centred Social Media" addresses this need by providing an outstanding interdisciplinary research and qualification environment, located in a University department that fully integrates researchers from computer science and psychology. Our research and qualification programme  provides primarily students with a computer science, information systems and/or a psychology background with the knowledge and methods from these areas required to perform high-quality research and development in Social Media. The development of an interdisciplinary methodology forms a core part of the research programme and is be reflected in the individual dissertation themes. The programme comprises modular qualification components combined with interdisciplinary team structures as well as supervision and mentoring by internal and external scientists from both fields. The RTG obtains additional support through internal resources and associated researchers and benefits from the University's strong engagement in internationalization and diversity management.

To support collaboration between the participating chairs and within the established Interdisciplinary Working Groups, the RTG introduced UniConnect (UCT) and sciebo - the Campuscloud.

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