James Howison

Biography

James Howison examines the impact of information technology, especially software, on the organization of work. His current work focuses on the organization of scientific software production.

Prior to coming to UT Austin James undertook a post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Computer Science. James holds a Ph.D. from the Information School at Syracuse University. His dissertation brought together the study of motivation and organization among community-based Free and Open Source software projects, developing a theory of collaboration through superposition. His publications include articles in ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE Computer, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, Software Process Improvement and Practice as well as Knowledge, Technology and Policy. He has presented at the International Conferences for Information Systems (ICIS) and Software Engineering (ICSE) and the Academy of Management. He was selected as a participant at the ICIS doctoral consortium in 2007 and the NSF-funded workshop on the Science of Socio-technical Systems in 2008. He has been invited to speak at O'Reilly's eTech, OSCON, FOOcamp and SciFOO conferences.

Born in Scotland, James grew up in Australia, earning his undergraduate Economics degree from the University of Sydney. He pursued masters study in Software Engineering at the University of New South Wales before transferring to the Syracuse Ph.D. in 2002. Prior to returning to graduate school James worked in information systems implementation with KPMG management consultants, on distance education with Burmese refugees in Thailand and as a consultant with Control Risks Group, an international crisis management consultancy. During his PhD he worked with Charles River Venture Capital providing research on opportunities in the open source software space.

Degrees

PhD in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse (2008), Bachelor's of Economics (Social Sciences) at the University of Sydney (1998)

Areas Of Specialization

Distributed Work
Technology & Human Collaboration
Software Development By Scientists
Social Network Analysis
Free and Open Source Software Development

Recent Publications

Katz, D. S., Choi, S.-C. T., Lapp, H., Maheshwari, K., Lffler, F., Turk, M., Howison, J. , Venters, C. (2014). Summary of the First Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE1). Journal of Open Research Software, 2(1).

James Howison and Jim Herbsleb (2013) "Incentives and Integration In Scientific Software Production" CSCW 2013.

McConahy, A., Eisenbraun, B., Howison, J., Herbsleb, J. D., Sliz, P. (2012). Techniques for Monitoring Runtime Architectures of Socio-technical Ecosystems. In Workshop on Data-Intensive Collaboration in Science and Engineering (CSCW 2012).

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Recent Awards

  • Geraldine DeSanctis Award for best single-authored paper derived from a dissertation, Academy of Management OCIS Division
  • Best Publication in Information Systems, Association for Information Systems
  • Best Paper, Information and Organization Journal

Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourse
2020SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2020SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2020SpringINF 385T.09Data Wrangling
2019FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Peer Production
2019SpringINF 385T.09Data Wrangling
2018FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Technology Learning Studio
2018FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2018FallINF 391D.11The Research Enterprise - RESTRICTED
2018SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Peer Production (Open Source Software, Wikipedia, & Beyond)
2017FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2017FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Technology Learning Studio
2017SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2016FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2016FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Technology Learning Studio
2016FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2016SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2016SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2015FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Technology Learning Studio
2015FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2015SpringINF 385MDatabase Management
2015SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2015SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2014FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Managing Online Communities
2014FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2014SpringINF 385MDatabase Management
2013FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2013FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Managing Online Communities
2013SpringINF 385MDatabase Management
2012FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2012FallINF 385MDatabase Management
2012SpringINF 380CInformation in Social and Cultural Context
2011FallINF 385MDatabase Management