User:Benjamin Mako Hill
|Name||Benjamin Mako Hill|
|Location||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts|
I have more webpages than I can reasonably count and my current policy to to try to not aggravate this problem so I'm going to be brief. I have many webpages where I talk a lot about myself, my projects, and other things that I do. If you are interested in this, you can read any of the pages linked below:
Readings summaries can take time. As a result, I write summaries of my summaries over at the microblogging site identi.ca. None are longer than 140 characters!
At the moment, I think the best way to help AcaWiki is to help seed it with content so that scholars may spend time here and start contributing. As a result, I spend almost all of my time on AcaWiki writing summaries of academic articles and books
You can find my summaries here:
- User:Benjamin Mako Hill/Summaries: A complete list of summaries that I've written, sorted by author.
- User:Benjamin Mako Hill/Generals: My full PhD general examinations reading list of which I've prepared summaries of most.
Many of these summaries are rough. I tend to write them once, fix obvious spelling mistakes, and then publish them. I do not, in most cases, even reread my summaries before posting them. As a result, the text is likely to be flawed in a number of ways. Please keep that in mind and don't hesitate to improve them! Indeed, that's why I'm sharing them here!
These are summaries I have written recently and not sorted into the lists above yet:
- Zhang and Zhu (2010): Group size and incentives to contribute: A natural experiment at Chinese Wikipedia 
- Benkler (2009): Law, policy, and cooperation
- Astley (1985): Administrative science as socially constructed truth
- Markus and Robey (1988): Information technology and organizational change: Causal structure in theory and research
- Burrell and Morgan (1979): Sociological paradigms and organizational analysis: Elements of the sociology of corporate life
- Orlikowski and Baroudi (1998): Studying information technology in organizations: Research approaches and assumptions
- de Vugt (2010): Dare to edit! – the politics of Wikipedia the politics of Wikipedia
- Pentzold (2010): Imagining the Wikipedia community: What do Wikipedia authors mean when they write about their "community"?
- Gaio et al. (2009): Wikibugs: Using template messages in open content collections
- Ashton (2011) Awarding the self in Wikipedia: Identity work and the disclosure of knowledge
- Currie and Moretti (2003): Mother's education and the intergenerational transmission of human capital: Evidence from college openings
- Dee (2004): Are there civic returns to education?
- Ludwig and Miller (2007): Does Head Start improve children's life chances? Evidence from a regression discontinuity design
- Angrist and Lavy (1999): Using Maimonides' rule to estimate the effect of class size on scholastic achievement
- Yang et al. (2010): The research of investment and financing of wind power
- Nicklin and Roch (2008): Biases influencing recommendation letter contents: Physical attractiveness and gender
- McCarthy and Zald (1973): The trend of social movements in America: professionalization and resource mobilization
Read But Unwritten
These are summaries I have not written here but hope to write soon. I use this list as a sort of running todo list:
- Meyer (2005): Can performance studies create actionable knowledge if we can't measure the performance of the firm?
- Kerr (1975): On the follow of rewarding A, while hoping for B
- Gibbons (1998): Incentives in organizations
- Geier et al. (2006): Unit bias 
My Thoughts about AcaWiki
To my knowledge, AcaWiki is the only freely-licensed, collaboratively-edited, repository for summaries of academic articles. That's why I'm here. That said, it has a number of problems I'd like to see fixed:
- Outreach -- Most of the work on AcaWiki seems to be technical in nature. AcaWiki is not a technical problem. If we can convince 20 PhD students reading for qualifying or general exams in different field to post the summaries they are already making to this wiki, we will have created the single best resource of academic paper summaries anywhere. I'm trying to do my part! You should to!
CAPTCHAs -- The reCAPTCHAs are extremely annoying. They should be shown for anonymous editors who are adding links and for new user registrations and never for new users. The current situation is madness and are driving away contributions.
Templates -- There are errors or problems in the templates for the forms I see no (documented?) way to edit these.
- Impoverished metadata -- The metadata here is pretty weak and creating yet-another-bibliographic-metadata-format seems like a very poor way to go. AcaWiki should store rich metadata but should store it in an existing format like Zotero RDF (freely available and with all the semantic-web-goodness we want). Making that transition is probably a big step, but I think it's worth it.
- Forms for subpages -- Forms should be smarter and not try to force the template used in a particular namespace onto people using subpages. Try to edit User:Benjamin Mako Hill/Zotero integration to get an idea of what the problem is.
www.acawiki.org -- This should redirect to acawiki.org! Right now it just gives pages not found links!
Please edit my talk page and lets talk about this!