IT project success factors: an afternoon workshop for project and programme managers

Edinburgh Napier logoThe School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University runs a series of free half day workshops and seminars related to its practice-based Masters degree in Project & Programme Management. On the afternoon of Wednesday 16th September I will be speaking at one such event, drawing on work on information systems project success factors that I recently completed with Dr Robert Irvine.

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Appointment to the programme committee of the 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference

Loughborough University balloonJust as we are about to enter the summer 2015 conference season, we are already looking forward to 2016!

I have recently accepted an invitation to serve on the international programme committee of the 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference. Hosted by the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University, the conference takes place on the Loughborough campus next year on 12th and 13th January 2016. An outline programme is now available.

For those interested in presenting a paper at this event, submissions for 500 word abstracts open on July 1st, with a deadline of 30th September 2015. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to submit their full papers by 18th December 2015.

What is the future of libraries? An Edinburgh Reads event, Tuesday 9th June 2015

Edinburgh Reads logo The opening ceremony for Edinburgh Central Library took place 125 years ago on 9th June 1890. On that day the Library’s benefactor Andrew Carnegie sent a telegram in which he stated his hopes for the service that he had funded: “We trust that this Library is to grow in usefulness year after year, and prove one of the most potent agencies for the good of the people for all time to come”.

As part of Edinburgh City Libraries’ 125th anniversary celebrations Edinburgh Reads is hosting a panel session on Tuesday 9th June at 19:00 at which the future of libraries will be the main topic of discussion. I have accepted an invitation to join the panel. The other panel members are:

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Six papers at Information, Interactions and Impact i3 2015, and a preview of iDocQ 2015

i3 logoThe programme for Information, interactions and impact: i3 2015 has just been published. This international conference, held on a biennial basis in Aberdeen, brings together an international community of academic and practitioner researchers to explore the quality and effectiveness of the interactions between people and information, and how such interactions can bring about change. This year it takes place at the Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University from Tuesday June 23rd to Friday June 26th. I’m delighted that six paper proposals that I co-authored for submission to the conference have been accepted, and they can now be seen in the programme.

Five of the six papers draw on projects currently undertaken by colleagues and research students within the Centre for Social Informatics: Christine Irving; Lynn Killick; John Mowbray; Frances Ryan; and Louise Rasmussen. These are:

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The idea of the University in the 21st century: participation at a pop-up forum

I have a large number of speaking commitments coming up in the approaching ‘conference season’. I currently have my name against 14 presentations in June (and in the course of typing up this post I received another invitation!) Thankfully a number of these commitments are co-authored conference papers where another person is delivering the work, so I am not going to spend an entire month permanently on public display discussing my research.

IASH logoAmongst the list of events in which I am participating is a pop-up forum organised by colleagues at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 16th June 2015. Here we will be considering the purpose of universities and a university education. The event has just opened for registration on EventBrite. Admission is open to all and free of charge.

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More men wanted – to complete the Workforce Mapping Project survey

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The Workforce Mapping Project survey is found at

The Workforce Mapping Project survey closes at the end of the month on Thursday 30th April. The Edinburgh Napier project team is keen to encourage those who work within the UK in roles associated with libraries, archives, records, information, and knowledge management, and who have not already done so, to make their contributions to the study.

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Appointment as Chair of the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme Programme Advisory Board


I have recently been appointed Chair of the Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme Programme Advisory Board (PAB). I take over the role from Brian Collins, Professor of Engineering Policy and Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures at University College London.

My appointment builds on previous work that I have conducted for the DE Theme. This includes: serving on the 12-person panel that conducted the 2012 impact review of the DE Theme investment; involvement in an additional stream of DE research undertaken under the banner of “digital personhood” (I helped identify the scope of the investment and served as a mentor at the sandpit meeting where project ideas were germinated); and reviewing grant proposals and other panel work. I was first appointed a member of the PAB in 2014.

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