Platform to Platform project presentation at the Creative Informatics showcase

creative informatics logoYesterday afternoon, Bruce Ryan and I headed over to Inspace to participate in the latest Creative Informatics showcase event organised by Vikki Jones and Caitlin McDonald. Members of eight project teams gave short presentations on their research, most of which have been funded in the last couple of years through small research grants.

We were the first to speak with a summary of the findings from the empirical work from Platform to Platform: an investigation into audience engagement with digitised archives and their transformative impact across different online formats. (The Creative Informatics blog post about the project gives details of the practical work that prefaced the empirical study.)

We enjoyed listening to the presentations that followed ours. Amongst the other work funded in 2021, three team members contributed on two projects:

Three 2022 projects were introduced by:

  • Martin Disley on Investigative computing: an aesthetic approach
  • Tod Van Gunten on Music streaming as global cultural diffusion
  • Ethan Robson on SOVRA: Subjective orientation in VR audio

In addition, Victoria Evans presented on Oceanic heterotopias (funded in 2020), and Glaire Anderson and Deniz Vural spoke about Digital Munya (also outlined in a Creative Informatics blog post).

Glaire Anderson

Glaire Anderson speaks about Digital Munya

The highlights of the afternoon for me were learning about forensic architecture from Martin Disley, witnessing the way in which textual information from a book can be transformed into an immersive digital experience from Glaire Anderson, and seeing examples of AI-assisted creative writing in the work presented by Arabella Sinclair and Christopher Lucas.

A few more photographs from the event are included in the slideshow below.

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Spreading the word of Lorna Lloyd’s ‘Diary of the war’ podcast series at #ARA2022 and #BBCat100

Members of the Platform to platform (P2P) and Heritage organisations and podcasts: scoping study (HOPSS) project teams from the Centre for Social Informatics have enjoyed presenting their work at two conferences this month. First, at the start of September I attended part of the Archives and Records Association’s annual conference 2022 in Chester. Then, with my colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Marianne Wilson, I spent most of last week in Bradford at the BBC at 100 Symposium. Continue reading

All set for #ISIC2022

iSchools, Inc. - Contributions sought for 2022 Information Seeking in ContextThe 2022 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference will be hosted next week from 26th to 29th September by our colleagues in the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University.

Staff and PhD students from the Centre for Social Informatics have regularly contributed to the biennial ISIC conference series over the years, most recently in 2020, 2018, and 2016. This time around, third year PhD student Marina Milosheva will be flying the flag for Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Case study on the creative use of digitised archives: presentation on Lorna Lloyd’s ‘Diary of the War’ podcast series at #BBCat100

Bradford City Hall

Bradford City Hall

The BBC at 100 symposium is taking place in Bradford, and online, this week.

This afternoon (Wednesday 14th September) I’m presenting on a panel about the creative use of digital archives. This will be with reference to the production of the podcast series of Lorna Lloyd’s Diary of the war.

Supported by AHRC funding through the Creative Informatics programme, the Platform to Platform project team at Edinburgh Napier University worked on the podcast series between February and July 2022. We combined a personal chronicle of the early months of World War II with contemporaneous news material, some of which was sourced from the BBC Archive. Continue reading

New roles for Social Informatics PhD graduates Buunk, Middleton, Mowbray, and Ryan

What can you do with a PhD from the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University? Find out here with news of four former PhD students who graduated between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading

How does engagement with an archive differ depending on its digital format? Preview of presentation on Lorna Lloyd’s Diary of the war at #ARA2022

This afternoon, I am delivering a paper on the Platform to platform (P2P) project at the Archives and Records Association’s annual conference, 2022 in Chester. In my presentation, I will be addressing two main questions.

  1. How do people engage with an archive digitised as a ‘performance’ in a non-fiction podcast series?
  2. How does this engagement compare with that when the audience accesses the same core archive material as online text and images?

Continue reading

An internship with the Scottish Government for Marina Milosheva

Marina Milosheva

Marina Milosheva

Today marks the start of a full-time internship for Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Marina Milosheva. For a period of 13 weeks, Marina will be working at the Advanced Learning and Skills Analysis Unit within the Scottish Government. This Unit is a part of the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate. The work undertaken within the Unit focuses on the improvement of the lives of children and young people in Scotland through raising educational standards.

The title of Marina’s internship is ‘Evidence review as part of the evaluation of the Developing young workforce programme (2014-21)’. It is administered through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Scottish Science (SGSSS) internship scheme.  Continue reading

Job vacancy: Professor in Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University (full-time, permanent)

view, Edinburgh, Napier, University, Merichston, campus

View of the city from Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston campus, home of the Social Informatics research group

Scotland’s top modern university for research power and impact is recruiting a new Professor in Social Informatics. Please pass the message on!

Full details of the job can be found in the advertisement on jobs.ac.uk, and by following the links on the Edinburgh Napier University ‘work with us; page. The deadline for applications is Sunday 4th September 2022, with Interviews expected to take place in the week of 10th October 2022. Continue reading

Updated flyer details work of social informatics researchers at Edinburgh Napier University

A new version (v18) of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer is now available from the Social Informatics blog on the Edinburgh Napier University web pages.

Please follow the link to read about the work of our research group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer also profiles the academic and research staff within the research group, alongside our current research students.

Centre, Social, Informatics, flyer, Napier, Edinburgh, University

Page 1 of the  updated flyer features photos from our last ‘all centre’ meeting, which took place on 22nd June 2022

The creative use of digitised archives: roundtable to be presented at the BBC at 100 Symposium

The BBC at 100 symposium, organised by Dr Marcus Collins, Reader in Contemporary History and AHRC BBC 100 Fellow at Loughborough University, takes place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and online, between 13th and 15th September 2022. A team from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), with a colleague from the BBC Archive, is delighted to be presenting at this event. Continue reading