Kevin G Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science, Associate Dean for Research

  • 6218 Citations
  • 33 h-Index
1986 …2022
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Professional Information

Kevin Crowston is a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. He received his A.B. (1984) in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently serving as Associate Dean for Research.

He is currently seeking PhD students interested in the impact on work design of systems with increased autonomy and capability.

Research Interests

Crowston's research examines new ways of organizing made possible by the use of information technology. He approaches this issue in several ways: empirical studies of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations (especially virtual organization); theoretical characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of systems to support people working together. Specific domains of interest include free/libre open source software development projects, citizen science projects and research data management.

He is a co-PI on an NSF INSPIRE project: "INSPIRE: Teaming Citizen Science with Machine Learning to Deepen LIGO's View of the Cosmos" (15-47880) that has produced the Gravity Spy system. He is the former PI on NSF SOCS Grant 12-11071 for "Collaborative Research: Focusing Attention to Improve the Performance of Citizen Science Systems: Beautiful Images and Perceptive Observers" (see here for details). With colleagues, he will be leading a research coordination network aimed at developing a socio-technical perspective on work in the age of intelligent machines.

Keywords: virtual work; virtual organizations; free/libre/open source software development practices; citizen science; work design for work with autonomous systems

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Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1986 2018

Appealing to different motivations in a message to recruit citizen scientists: results of a field experiment

Lee, T. K., Crowston, K., Harandi, M., Østerlund, C. & Miller, G., Feb 6 2018, In : Journal of Science Communication. 17, 01

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electronic mail

Coordinating advanced crowd work: Extending citizen science

Mitchell, E., Crowston, K. G. & Oesterlund, C., Jan 3 2018, Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

Folksonomies to Support Coordination and Coordination of Folksonomies

Jackson, C., Crowston, K., Østerlund, C. & Harandi, M., May 10 2018, In : Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

Stages of motivation for contributing user-generated content: A theory and empirical test

Crowston, K. G. & Fagnot, I., Jan 1 2018, In : International Journal of Human Computer Studies. 109, p. 1339-1351 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

motivation research
test theory
social movement

Stigmergic coordination in Wikipedia

Rezgui, A. & Crowston, K. G., Aug 22 2018, Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, a19

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Electric insulation coordination

Activities 2008 2017

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Editorial activity

Transactions on Social Computing (Journal)

Kevin Crowston (Editor in chief)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Situating Learning & Infrastructure: How to support different opportunities for learning in an online citizen science community?

Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Gabriel Mugar (Speaker), Corey Brian Jackson (Speaker), Kevin G Crowston (Speaker), Mahboobeh Harandi (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Typologies of learning in open online collaborative communities

Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Gabriel Mugar (Speaker), Corey Brian Jackson (Speaker), Kevin G Crowston (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

The Hermeneutics of Trace Data: Building an Apparatus

Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Kevin G Crowston (Speaker), Corey Brian Jackson (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems: Integrating Communities, OSS 2016

Kevin Crowston (Chair)

Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in conference


Best Published Social Informatics Paper Award

Kevin G Crowston (Recipient), Steven B Sawyer (Recipient) & Rolf T. Wigand (Recipient), Oct 15 2016


information processing
working group