I recently revamped my personal website after a few years of it languishing. I will work to keep this up-to-date a little more. The banner picture is one I took a year or two ago. The cherry trees around UW are awesome in spring. You should try to see them if you are in town.


Research Interests

Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing, collaboration in Wikipedia.


Research Activities

Some recent publications:

  Menking, A., D. W. McDonald and M. Zachry (2017) Who wants to read this?: A method for measuring topical representativeness in user generated content systems. Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW'17).
  Park, A., A. Hartzler, J. Huh, D.W. McDonald, and W. Pratt (2015) Homophily of Vocabulary Usage: Beneficial Effects of Vocabulary Similarity on Online Health Communities Participation. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium (AMIA'15).

A list of publications, many with links to full text, is available on my publications page. A more complete list of publications is available on my CV


Wikipedia Research

Our study of Wikipedia is aimed at desgining systems that support large scale collaborative action. Our design approach is motivated by social translucence as a soci-technical perspective that can facilitate better sense making of the activities and roles that individuals and groups play in large scale systems. We study Wikipedia because it is a successful example of large scale groupware.


HCI Remixed

Remixed has been out for several years. We have reports of people adopting the book in seminars and reading courses as a supplement to their normal set of conference and journal readings. Let us know if you want some ideas on how to make this work.

  Erickson, Thomas and David W. McDonald (eds.) HCI Remixed: Essays on Works that have Influenced the HCI Community. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2008
© 2016 David W. McDonald