I just came back from WebSci - the "Web Science" conference. Papers were sane, keynote were plenty and of very high quality, the organisation of the conference was amazing.
Papers were mostly quantitative. One critical thinker unfairly criticized these papers to be Twitterology, and proposed to fix just that with additional work, which, others argued, manages to do Twitterology and Latourology (after Bruno Latour) at the same time - a mixed approach so-to-speak :) Unfortunately, only few papers were qualitative. I hope we will see a more balanced programme in the future - so, CHI & CSCW folks, please consider submitting your work ;) Well-grounded qualitative work is badly needed in this young community. Tip: I would use grounded theory...
With some delay owed to a laptop battery running out and a busy travel schedule following the event, here are my summaries for (part of) the second day of HotCloud in Boston.
Again, I had to duck out of parts of some of the sessions in order to do last-minute work on an imminent paper submission, but I at least covered two complete sessions.
Some of these summaries are going to turn up in USENIX's ;login: magazine (albeit in a more polished form); I am very grateful to USENIX for supporting my attendance at HotCloud with a generous travel grant.
I am a visiting preacher at HotCloud today, delivering a sermon about the seven deadly sins of cloud computing research. Of course, syslog provides you with the usual live-blogging service, although some sessions may be missing, as I nip out to work on a soon-to-be-submitted paper!
Here goes the first day...