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Announcement: RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment)

RoSE logo RoSE is a research-oriented social environment for tracking and integrating relations between authors and documents in a combined “social-document graph.” It allows users to learn about an author or idea from the evolving relationships between people-and-documents, people-and-people, and documents-and-documents.

Unique features of RoSE include:

  • Fine-grained and flexible relationship types and tags. Not everyone is just an “author of” or “friend of.”

  • Historical “dead” people have their own profile pages. In true research, the influence between the past and present evolves in both directions.

  • Visualizations of relations between people and documents. Social-network and other diagrams allow users to notice orbits and clusters of knowledge.

  • User-definable “contexts” for entering or filtering data. One can enter or search for information entered in the context of a course, conference, research project, etc.-an approach that provides implicit local contexts in which to judge goals, priorities, and information quality.

  • Potential for interaction with other document repositories or social networks-e.g., through algorithmic harvesting of information or automated output into other biblio-social systems, visualization applications, etc. Though it currently does not access full-texts of documents, RoSe may in the future be wedded to full-text repositories.

RoSe is currently a demonstration project in early development by the UC Transliteracies Project, which focuses on the digital reading in today’s socially-networked digital environments. As a demonstration project, its limited goal is to suggest what is possible and to offer a hands-on way of thinking about some of the critical issues that would need to be confronted if RoSE were to be implemented as a production-scale system. These issues—which map the frontier where older document-centric modes of knowledge are extending into new socially-networked digital environments—include: expertise and networked public knowledge, data-mining and visualization of social networks, information credibility, fluid ontologies and metadata for social and historical research, and online reading and research environments.

RoSE Beta Application

Currently in beta development, RoSE is open to Transliteracies participants, guests, and others involved in project development or critique. It is hosted on the server of the Media Arts and Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara. At present, RoSE is a working demonstration; it is not implemented at a production scale.

(Go to RoSE application)

RoSE Design Charrette (Feb. 26, 2010): Event Guide

Bren SchoolTransliteracies faculty members from multiple University of California campuses and invited guests from corporations and other universities are participating on February 26, 2010, at UC Santa Barbara in a full-day design charrette. The morning is devoted to presenting, brainstorming, and critiquing RoSE. In the afternoon, breakout groups focus on some of the critical research problems of socially-mediated computing and knowledge production—including expertise and networked public knowledge, data-mining and visualization of social networks, information credibility, fluid ontologies and metadata for social and historical research, and online reading and research environments.

RoSE Prospectus

When it began in 2000, the Transliteracies Project took on the broad topic of “the technological, social, and cultural practices of online reading.” Several years of work now leads Transliteracies to focus on a specific, high-value research-and-development direction—one that positions online reading as a new kind of research activity positioned in a sweet spot between academic and mainstream information practices.  This direction is challenging enough to drive next-generation research on online reading environments, and is distinct from (even as it complements) related research projects.

RoSE Development Team

The following graduate-student researchers on multiple University of California campuses worked on RoSe with project director Alan Liu during 2008-2010:

RoSE Developer Resources


RoSE Research Reports

The following, selected Transliteracies research reports helped guide the development of the RoSE project.

(Also see the full set of Transliteracies research reports.)


RoSE Visualization Concepts

RoSE developer Ivana Andjelkovic created several different concept visualizations of RoSE to depict the different ways we can understand the relationships between people and documents. Supplemented by social-network diagrams concepts, these evolved into the current set of RoSE visualizations (created with the conceptual and/or programming assistance of RoSE developers Rama Hoetzlein, Salman Bakht, and Lilly Nguyen).


The following are Transliteracies partners or affiliates that have had a role in the development of the RoSE Project. (more…)