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U Michigan Unveils Master's Degree in 'Social Computing'

The University of Michigan's School of Information (SI) announced a graduate-degree specialization in "social computing" through a Master of Science in Information. The university said the program is the first in the country to focus on social computing, the term describing the wave of open technologies that enable masses of people to interact and exchange and sort information.

Judy Lawson, director of academic and career services for the SI, said, "employers want graduates with a deep understanding of how to manage information and at the same time make it easily accessible to users. SI is staying ahead of the curve."

In addition to social computing, the school offers specializations in:

"Incentive-Centered Design," which it describes as "the art of designing systems or institutions to align individual incentives with overall organizational goals, and "Community Informatics," which "prepares students for positions as public interest information professionals and technical leaders for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, community development agencies, and entrepreneurial social ventures."


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