Innovative Approaches to introducing CS
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We will create web-based interactive curricular modules as part of this project. Each module will include background readings, including historical and philosophical treatments of relevant computer and network science and issues surrounding social networks. These modules will be made freely available as an Open Educational Resource.



CoBib Homepage
The goal of the CoBib project is to design, implement, and test a web database that enables collaborative indexing and annotation of citations within a research community. This system facilitates the structural and social elements of research: a survey of literature in a specified field, as well as discussion of the prevalent researchers or themes in that field. The database stores citations that refer to research papers. Researchers locate citations by searching, a direct query for a particular citation, or by browsing, an indirect survey of existing records. The system enables users to learn about research through explicit and implicit recommendations.

Duke Scrobbler

Scrobbler Dashboard
The Duke Scrobbler Suite is a set of tools adapted from the AudioScrobbler client that enables users to track their music listening habits through an online interface and to find other users with similar tastes and habits. The Duke Scrobbler Java client updates a user's listening profile on the Duke Scrobbler web site, tracking changes in his or her iTunes library. Using the Duke Scrobbler web site, users can find other users who like the same artist, song, or album and track popular songs and artists among the users of the site and their immediate social network on Facebook. Duke Scrobbler makes it easy to find people with similar tastes and friend them on Facebook, or use your friends' listening habits to discover new music.

Duke News: In Search of Billy Joel Fans: Duke Scrobbler software helps people with similar music tastes find each other by Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, April 25, 2007.


GUESS is an exploratory data analysis and visualization tool developed by Eytan Adar that is particularly well-suited for our work on networks. We have adapted our own version, Duke GUESS, for use in our courses. For example, In the Steven Johnson's popular book, Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter, he argues that current television shows have far more complex plots involving more complex social networks than stories in the past. The adjoining figure shows the Duke GUESS tool visualizing the social network around the show 24's main character Jack Bauer. Students can use GUESS to interactively and programmatically ask questions about networks.

Last updated Tue Mar 08 13:07:18 EST 2011