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'TED Tuesdays' to feature open source communities discussion Nov. 8

RELEASED: Nov. 4, 2011

Dr. Matt Germonprez
Dr. Matt Germonprez

EAU CLAIRE — A discussion on participation in open source communities led by Dr. Matt Germonprez, associate professor of information systems at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will take place during the next session of "TED Tuesdays" at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 100 of the university's Hibbard Humanities Hall.

"The Open Source Contributor" will be the theme of the session, which is open to the public and hosted by The Corps of Excellence, a UW-Eau Claire student organization, and the university's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Attendees will view TED talks featuring Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and legal expert Yochai Benkler, followed by a lecture and discussion led by Germonprez.

Germonprez has been a UW-Eau Claire faculty member since 2005. His research focuses on theory and method development and investigation, with particular focus on emerging and tailorable technologies. In particular he explores how these new, user-centered technologies are designed and used in practice from the individual to the enterprise level. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and accepted in MIS Quarterly, The Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information & Organization, and The Communications of the Association for Information Systems. Most recently, he was awarded a $399,000 NSF grant for his research on how and why organizations participate in the Linux open source community.

"TED Tuesdays" are hosted weekly by The Corps of Excellence and include the viewing of intellectually stimulating TED Talks followed by a lecture and discussion with a UW-Eau Claire faculty member.

For more information, contact Matt Sias at siasmj@uwec.edu or 715-220-1866.

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