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James Howison

Assistant Professor

Specialization(s)

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

Bio

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.

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


Year Semester Course Number Course Title
2017 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Technology Learning Studio
2017 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL and Beyond
2017 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2016 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2016 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Technology Learning Studio
2016 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2016 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2015 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2015 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2015 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Data Wrangling from Excel to SQL & Beyond
2014 Fall INF 391D.10 Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2014 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Managing Online Communities
2014 Spring INF 385M Database Management
2013 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Managing Online Communities
2013 Fall INF 391D.10 Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2013 Spring INF 385M Database Management
2012 Fall INF 385M Database Management
2012 Fall INF 391D.10 Survey of Information Studies - RESTRICTED
2012 Spring INF 380C Information in Social and Cultural Context
2011 Fall INF 385M Database Management
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