Yesterday at the University of Washington, I gave a seminar talk of my thoughts on community and alternative currencies. Lots of good, challenging questions. This marks the first time that I presented TraceEval to a group of people, and although I was nervous at first, I was glad that I did it.
I’m also waiting to hear back from other opportunities to present my ideas. In addition, I want to finish prototyping an easy-to-use implementation that I’m hoping to deploy next year. I will follow-up on the invitation to try Flora as a testbed and continue prototyping for the remainder of the year.
Really busy first half of the year. Finally, I am able to announce the study results as published in JASSS at the end of June. In early July, I presented a brief summary of the paper at the ESSA summer school in Toulouse, France. I also posted an invitation to a friendly competition next year using social simulation to test proposed currency and reputation systems.
So while there was a break from coding of prototype systems, last quarter was definitely not the usual yearly break where I mostly relax. I was actually busy working on other projects, also involving programming, that I’m hoping will help in the next stages of my personal projects.
I’m planning more outreach for the second half of the year. There is also much work left to develop Flora into a more user-friendly and intuitive simulation testbed. I’m eager to continue working on all these projects, and maybe post updates sooner rather than later.
I have to qualify the achievement of my goals for Q1 of this year, as far as not being able to broadcast results or videotape a demo of the study prototype. Instead of posting a draft of the study and results, I have submitted a paper to an online journal. It is currently under a second round of review. Once a final decision is reached by the journal editor, I will share the paper online. Email me for a preprint request if interested.
I have also demonstrated a tool for conducting studies of decentralized currency systems at ICTD2012. It was good to hear positive feedback on the idea and to see so many academics and techies who with a passion for socioeconomic development. Compared to another conference that I attended lat year, I prefer meetings with lots of presentations on case studies and demonstrations. Too bad I did not learn about Unmoney Convcergenc 2012 until it was already done, as it would have been good to experience that event as well.
I definitely feel that I made progress towards my goals for Q1. However, since I have not announced links to the paper and study tool, I have fallen short of being as open as possible with my ongoing work. There is a balancing act of being open and trying to minimize wasting people’s time with poorly baked ideas and prototypes. I believe that by initially limiting sharing to reviewers and conferences, instead of broadcasting online, other’s would benefit by waiting and seeing more polished deliverables.
Looking ahead, Q2 will likely be a downtime for me. Usually I take my break around Q1 of the year, but I have not taken a prolonged break since Q1 of last year. I have been switching between developing work-related auditing systems and study tool/visualization almost nonstop for over a year. I need time to refresh and also plan for an upcoming summer workshop/vacation. I will also use Q2 to catch up on the projects that I follow online.