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Due date (PST): 11:59 pm 15th April 2015 for submission, 9 am 17th April 2015 for voting and commenting on others' submissions.

This week, you will think about the main critiques to the ideas in your research proposals, and improve your research proposals based on them.

(Teams which want to contribute to infrastructure: please see the infra slack channel for how you can contribute this week)

Synthesis of last week's research proposals

Michael has synthesized the main ideas in your Milestone 6 proposals into his slides for this week. Check them out here:

The major foundational pillars that I (Michael) saw when reading the proposals are listed in the section called "Proposed platform foundations". They tie together potentially multiple submissions.

Read the critiques of last week's research proposals

We had a live critique session with expert researchers, crowdsourcing platform architects, workers and requesters.

Read through all the feedback here, and talk about it with your team. How should we be adjusting our approach based on the feedback? Should we be thinking about other foundations, or redesigning them?

Reflect and redesign our proposals

This next week, our hope is to pick foundation areas that we'll be prioritizing first in our research. (We can all agree that we like several of them, and we'll be working on them once the first few are in place.)

Remember the feedback from Adam that research should choose a core point of view and work it out deeply. So, choose one of the foundation areas from the slides and critique GDoc. Take the ideas that got proposed in Milestone 6 as synthesized by Michael, and riff and expand and reconsider them. How should we rethink our ideas in light of the critique? Which ideas should we drop, and which ideas should we expand on? Brainstorm --- flare and then focus down to the ideas your team likes best. Keep your focus within one of those platform foundation areas.

You are not required to stay with the same ideas as your previous one -- you are welcome to propose a different research proposal, optionally riffing off previous proposals/ideas, if you feel so inclined (please provide attribution appropriately).

Like last week, we'll convey our proposals in the form of an introduction to an imagined research paper.

This week's deliverable

This will (hopefully!) be our last week of idea and research proposals, before we start selecting ideas to move forward with towards higher-fidelity prototyping. You should brainstorm some more in response to the critiques, and revise and submit a new research proposal. The format should be the same as from the previous milestone. See Milestone 6 Research Proposal#Format of your research proposal for the format.

You're encouraged and welcome to include some additional mockups or basic prototypes that illustrate what you're thinking of. It will help refine your ideas into something you'd want to build or see implemented.


Create a Wiki Page for your Team's Submission

Please create a page for your team's submission at (substituting in YourTeamName with the team name), copy over the template at Milestone 7 Template .

[Team Leaders] Post the links to your research proposals until 15th April 11:59 pm

We have a service on which you can post research proposals you generated, comment on them, and upvote ones you like.

Post links to your research proposals only once they're finished. Give your posts the same title as your mock research paper. Do not include words like "Milestone", "Research Proposal", or your team name in the title.

-Please submit your finished research proposals by 11:59 pm 15th April 2015, and DO NOT vote/comment until 16th April 12:05 am

[Everyone] Peer-evaluation (upvote ones you like, comment on them) from 12:05 am 16th April until 9 am 17th April

Post submission phase, you are welcome to browse through, upvote, and comment on others' research proposals. We encourage you especially to look at and comment on submissions that haven't yet gotten feedback, to make sure everybody's submissions get feedback.

Step 1: Please use to find submissions that haven't yet gotten feedback, and to find submissions that haven't been yet been viewed many times.

Step 2: Once you find an idea of interest or less attended, please vote and comment upon it. Please perform this action from 3 to 5 submissions - this will help us balance the comments and votes. Please do not vote your team's research proposals. Once again, everyone is supposed to vote+comment, whether you're the team leader or not.

COMMENT BEST-PRACTICES: As on Crowdgrader, everybody reviews at least 3 submissions, supported by a comment. The comment should provide constructive feedback. Negative comments are discouraged - if you disliked some aspect of a submission, make a suggestion for improvement.

[Team Leaders] Milestone 7 Submissions

To help us track all submissions and browsing through them, once you have finished your Milestone 7 submission, go to the link below and post the link:

Milestone 7 Submissions

Weekly Survey

Please fill out this survey so we can improve this research project!