Thesis Proposal Outline

Paper structure thoughts

  • Could be sections on
    • Introductory story (problem statement/framing)
      • Chapter 1
      • Overall Problem
      • Why does that matter.
      • Story to start small, then expand out to generalization
      • Organization
      • Fundamental research questions
      • Description of the structure of the dissertation
    • Background
      • Generalized trust (with some Heidegger?)
      • Connectivism
        • Trust in the network
        • Relevance vs Pertinence
          • Avoiders, Supporters and Explorers
          • The role of the information consumer and PageRank
          • Information Need
          • Context
          • Fragment Sythesis
          • Sensemaking
        • Bubble patterns
        • Star Patterns
        • Group Polarization Theory
    • Social Trust
    • System Trust
    • The continuum from fragment synthesis to sensemaking
    • Credibility cues and cognitive dissonance
    • Trustworthiness (by domain?)
      • Interrogation
      • Reporting
      • Journalism
      • Quantitative research
      • Qualitative research
      • Search and Information Retrieval
    • Anonymity, or the absence of known experts
    • Misinformation
    • Counter-narrative
    • Conspiracy theories credibility cues to make outlandish claims
    • The state of the art (by methods or principle) kind of like
      • Seattle Public Library
      • Politifact
      • etc
  • Study(s) Chapter 3
    • Talk about the research process
      • Why running lab studies and such are not optimal.
      • Research Through Design. The purpose of building is not to evaluate the purpose of building is to explore.
    • Current/Past work
      • Biometric Recognition
      • Interactive SERP reordering.
    •  Producers
      • Determine cues for producing high-quality anonymous information
        • Historical tracking via biometrics
        • UI affordance (design?) to enhance trustworthiness
        • Network analytics to determine veracity
        • Rewards and other feedback
    • Consumers
      • Determine cues for discriminating avoiders, confirmers and explorers
      • Determine if these behaviors map to different IR quality
      • Determine UIs that encourage higher IR quality
        • Group Polarization issues
    • Overall System Design
      • Research through Design revisited. Where I’ve been and how I got here. Where it seems like I should go…
    •  Evaluation
      • Computational Journalism example
        • Analysis
      • Search interface
        • Analysis
      • Paper reviewing
        • Analysis
  • Timelines
  • Expected contributions
    • Implications for Search as an institution
    • Extending knowledge of the implicit collaboration between information producers and consumers
    • A framework for anonymous producers of reliable information
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