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User:Creator Platform

About this project

Derek McAuley

Michael Brown

Liz Dowthwaite

Dominic Price

Spyros Angelopoulos

D.Christina Emmanouil

Lead investigator(s):
Prof Derek McAuley
Dr Michael Brown
Ms Liz Dowthwaite
Mr Dominic Price
Dr Spyros Angelopoulos
– Ms D.Christina Emmanouil

Start Date: 1st October 2012
End Date: 30th September 2016


Proprietary sites dominant in the web 2.0 market (eg Facebook and iTunes) typically create a poor environment for user creativity by either demanding all IP rights to UGC by contract, or crippling the sale of digital products to users with DRM and similar. This project specified and implemented an alternative open social networking platform that is distributed across user machines and not a “walled garden”. It also studied how a user community can be engaged with such a platform, how it might promote user:creator interaction and open business models, and how such an approach might alleviate the common privacy concerns about web 2.0 personal data based business models.

Project outputs include:

  • User:Creator Software platform Tumblr and VCard.
  • What’s in a name? Real name policies and social networks, 1st International Workshop on Internet Science and Web Science Synergies at ACM Web Science Conference 2013, Paris, France, 1st May 2013
  • User:Creator Presentation, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Florida, USA, 18th February 2014
  • Presentation of User:Creator Software Platform at the CREATe Researchers Conference & Technology Capacity Building Event, June 2014
  • Webcomic artists’ attitudes towards copyright and attribution, CREATe Technology Capacity Building Event, University of Nottingham, 18th June 2014
  • Technology-Mediated Social Interactions on Topic-Specific Online Communities, Social Influence in the Information Age, London, UK, 3rd February 2014
  • Small Fish in a Big Pond: A Response to Users Privacy, Rights and Security in the Age of Big Data, MISQ Special Issue on Transformational Issues of Big Data and Analytics in Networked Business
  • Fame or Function? How webcomic artists choose where to share, Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015, Daventry, UK, 15th April 2015
  • Exploring the Self-Management of Multiple Context-Dependent Identities on Social Networking Sites, Human Factors in Computing Systems 2015
  • Inter-Social Networking: Applying the lessons of RFC801, HCII, Los Angeles, CA
  • How Do People Manage Multiple Identities On and Across Social Networking Sites, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
  • You can leave your hat on-line: Multiple Context-Dependent Identities on Social Networking Sites, DH 2015
  • Bridging the Divide Between Virtual and Embodied Spaces: Exploring the Effect of Offline Interactions on the Sociability of Participants of Topic-Specific Online Communities, 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2015
  • Stairway to Heaven: Longitudinal Social Network Analysis of Religious Communities on Twitter, 9th International AAAI Conference On Web And Social Media (ICWSM), Oxford, UK, 26th May 2015
  • How Relevant is Copyright to Online Artists? A qualitative study of understandings, coping strategies, and possible solutions, First Monday, Volume 21, Number 5-2, May 2016
  • Public Outreach Evaluation Tool (POET): defining the reach of social media activities, Social Media and Society conference, London, UK, 11th July 2016
  • Participatory design workshops with authors 1, Workshop, 9th March 2016 to 9th March 2016
  • Policy intervention: Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology on Government Use of Real-time Analytics in Social Media
  • Getting Paid for Giving Away Art for Free: the Case of Webcomics – blog
  • Project poster