UMD iSchool Professor Jenny Preece Receives Prestigious Yahoo Faculty Research Engagement Program (FREP) Award

UMD iSchool Professor Jenny Preece Receives Prestigious Yahoo Faculty Research Engagement Program (FREP) Award

Professor Jenny Preece’s research on communities has been recognized by a new award to study how the Flickr Commons have developed and changed as a result of interface design and social interaction. This award from the Yahoo Faculty Research Engagement Program (FREP) will enable Dr. Preece and Alina Goldman (a doctoral student at the UMD iSchool) to do an ethnographic study to better understand how users have experienced immersion and storytelling on Flickr and to help the platform developers create engaging tools that build communities.

Yahoo made 24 FREP awards across the world for 2015 to “produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty and students conducting research in areas of mutual interest.” Over the coming year, Preece and Goldman will be further developing their partnership with Yahoo Labs while exploring group collaboration of massive online photo collections. They are interested in how facets of the medium that are often changed in platform redesigns (images, tags and text) affect the likely creation of meaningful stories and immersive user experiences.

This exciting and innovative project reflects the interdisciplinary nature of UMD's iSchool and Faculty interests in human computer interaction design and online collaboration.  The iSchool looks forward to continuing to work with Yahoo Labs on challenging research issues of mutual interest.