I'm currently working in [http://www.cisa.inf.ed.ac.uk The Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications] in [http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk Informatics] at the [http://www.ed.ac.uk University of Edinburgh]. I'm working on the [http://sociam.org/ SociaM] project. [http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/J017728/1 Grant Description]:
SOCIAM - Social Machines - will research into pioneering methods of supporting purposeful human interaction on the World Wide Web, of the kind exemplified by phenomena such as Wikipedia and Galaxy Zoo. These collaborations are empowering, as communities identify and solve their own problems, harnessing their commitment, local knowledge and embedded skills, without having to rely on remote experts or governments.
Such interaction is characterised by a new kind of emergent, collective problem solving, in which we see (i) problems solved by very large scale human participation via the Web, (ii) access to, or the ability to generate, large amounts of relevant data using open data standards, (iii) confidence in the quality of the data and (iv) intuitive interfaces.