Registrations open for free symposium on Everyday Life Information Seeking, and information behaviours in online environments, Edinburgh, Thursday 22 June 2017 #ELIS #CPCINapier

CPCI bannerInformation science researchers with interests in Everyday Life Information Seeking, and information behaviours in online environments, are invited to register for a research symposium to be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June 2017. Registration is free to all (whether established academics, ECRs or PhD students), with a number of travel bursaries available to support the participation of PhD students (please see below).

The title of the symposium – Connecting People, Connecting Ideas (CPCI) – reflects its two main goals. These are to provide an opportunity for researchers from a range of institutions (both from the UK and beyond) who share interests in information behaviours and use:

  1. To forge new connections with one another, with a view towards possible future collaborations;
  2. To consider research priorities in the domain, and seed ideas for future work, such as grant applications, publications, conference papers, events etc.

The themes for discussion on the day will be determined in part by the delegates themselves through remote completion of a short pre-symposium exercise using the Well Sorted tool. The outputs of this short exercise will establish core interests of the group members in advance of meeting together on Thursday 22 June.

The programme for the day itself begins with a keynote paper presented by Professor Simeon Yates, Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital in Liverpool. In 2016/17 Yates has led a global team on the ESRC-funded project Ways of being in a digital age. Taking the form of a scoping review, Ways of being in a digital age has addressed questions related to the role of digital technology in our lives, and the ways in which technological and social change co-evolve and impact on each other.

The discussions which follow – with reference to the output of the pre-symposium exercise – will be facilitated by an international multidisciplinary team that includes:

Mike Chantler: Professor of Computer Science, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. (Read more about Professor Chantler on the Heriot Watt University web pages.)

Brian Detlor: Professor and Chair in Information Systems, DeGroote Business School at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. (Read more about Professor Detlor on his personal web pages.)

Annemaree Lloyd: Professor in Library and Information Science, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden. (Read more about Professor Lloyd on her web site.)

Wendy Moncur: Interdisciplinary Professor of Digital Living, University of Dundee, Scotland. (Read more about Professor Moncur on her web site.)

The event is organised by Frances Ryan. I will be chairing it at the Edinburgh Napier Craiglockhart campus.

More about the bursaries for PhD students
The travel bursaries are for four PhD students as a contribution to their travel costs up to £50. Bursary application forms will be emailed to eligible participants after they complete the symposium registration form on EventBrite.

Lecturer job vacancy: Creative and Social Informatics group, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass the message on!

We are seeking to fill a vacancy for a lecturer post (grade 6, £38,183-£46,924, 2-year fixed term). The job is advertised on the University web site (along with the role description for lecturer posts) and jobs.ac.uk as ‘Lecturer in Business Information Systems’, with a deadline for applications of Tuesday 2nd May 2017. Continue reading

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of John Napier (1550-1617)

Merchiston Tower

Merchiston Tower

Whenever I deliver an invited presentation to an international audience I like to give a little bit of background about myself, the city of Edinburgh, the city’s four universities, and my home institution: see for example slides 7-23 in the presentation that I recently gave in Brazil. For the latter I refer to the work of John Napier (1550-1617), after whom Edinburgh Napier University is named, and whose former home – Merchiston Tower – is situated on the campus where I work. Continue reading

Reflections on a first visit to the University of São Paulo

 university of sao paulo logoLast week I was honoured to visit Brazil as a guest of the Departamento de Engenharia de Produção da Politéchnica at the University of São Paulo.

My visit was timed to coincide with a two-day research symposium that showcased the work of the University’s Laboratório de Gestão Estratégica da Tecnologia da Informação, do Conhecimento e da Inteligência Competitiva (LETICIC) on 15th and 16th March 2017. The symposium was organised by Professor Renato de Oliveira Moraes of the Departamento de Engenharia de Produção. Renato was also the main host for my visit to São Paulo. Continue reading

Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project: findings

Information Literacy group logoPeter Cruickshank, Dr Bruce Ryan and I recently completed the Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project. This work set out to investigate levels of digital and information literacy within Scotland’s Community Council system. It was supported by a grant from the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

We explored how community councillors develop the skills required to inform and engage with the citizens that they represent, and how libraries support this work. In doing so have extended further two established research streams within the Centre for Social Informatics: (1) Cruickshank and Ryan’s work on digital engagement in local democracy (such as our DigiCC workshops), and (2) mine with Christine Irving on information literacy and life-long learning. This work also builds upon our group’s track record in library and information science research. Continue reading

Knowledge sharing and networking behaviours in job search: two new papers in the latest issue of Information Research

Information Research headerThe latest issue of  Information Research published this week includes two papers that draw on research from the Centre for Social Informatics. I was a co-author on both:

Buunk, I., Hall, H., & Smith, C.F. (2017). Tacit knowledge sharing: the determination of a methodological approach to explore the intangible. Information Research, 22(1).

Mowbray, J., Hall, H., Raeside, R., Robertson, P. (2017). The role of networking and social media tools during job search: an information behaviour perspective. Information Research, 22(1). Continue reading