Today the members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded RIVAL network are meeting formally for the penultimate time at part 1 of RIVAL Event 4. As has been the case for so many professional activities since mid-March 2020, Dr Bruce Ryan, Rachel Salzano, Katherine Stephen and I are not hosting this event as originally envisaged. Rather than gathering face-to-face, at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus for a full day on July 9th 2020, the RIVAL network members will be logging onto Teams for two half day meetings, the first of which is this afternoon, with the second on the morning of Friday 12th February.
The delay and the switch to the online platform are explained by the pandemic. Our decision to host the event over two half days was made on the basis of our recent experience of participation at online conferences: it’s simply too exhausting to sit at a screen at the same meeting for a full day.
The main focus of
RIVAL Event 4 is a set of four outputs from the project. These are the delivery of a professional event in late 2021, an article for publication, a funding bid, and an evaluation report (as outlined in my introductory slides for today’s event). These outputs were determined by the network members themselves, who are working in teams to complete the work on each. It is anticipated that the first of the outputs to be made public will be the article: do look out for it in the professional press in the spring.
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Girls in Scottish schools and female students studying computing subjects (including IT and Digital Media) in Scottish colleges/universities (including apprentices) are invited to submit a video of up to 3 minutes in length for the Ada Scotland Festival video competition. Entries may be submitted by individuals, or by teams of up to 4 people. They should provide an answer to the question Why did you get into computing and what do you get out of it? Continue reading
Are you an information worker who supports citizens in their use online systems by accessing digital services on their behalf as their ‘digital proxy’? Perhaps this kind of activity has become part of your role working in local government, a public library service, civil society, and/or a third sector organisation?
If so, my
Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Gemma Webster, Dr David Brazier, Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan would like to invite you to participate at one of three free half-day online workshops next month. Continue reading
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is a half-day interactive online training event for PhD students Changing research plans: how to move forward in times of uncertainty funded by the It takes place on the morning of Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. February 10th 2021 (09:00-13:00). The event has been organised by Centre for Social Informatics PhD students Marina Milosheva and Thokozani Kachale. Continue reading
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School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass on word of these exciting opportunities to work with some great colleagues in one of the most beautiful and liveable cities of the world.
The vacancies are for full-time permanent posts within the Creative and Social Informatics Subject Group at
Edinburgh Napier University. The Creative and Social Informatics Subject Group is one of three focus areas for research and teaching in the School of Computing. My Research Group – the Centre for Social Informatics – is one of the two Research Groups within this Subject Group.
The vacancies are for:
Lecturer in Business Information Technology, salary £40,322 to £49,553, interviews anticipated to take place on 12th March
Professor of Creative and Interactive Computing, salary £64,603 to £73,630, interviews anticipated to take place on 2nd and 9th March
Applications should be made through the
Edinburgh Napier Jobs web pages for the closing date of 11th February 2021 (both posts). Continue reading
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The way we were, December 2019. L to R: John Marshall, Peter Cruickshank, Lyndsey Middleton (now graduated with PhD), Katherine Stephen, Rachel Salzano, Marina Milosheva, Laura Muir (now retired), Hazel Hall, Leo Appleton (now graduated with PhD), Ella Taylor-Smith, David Haynes, David Brazier, Frances Ryan (now Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen), Colin Smith, Wegene Demeke, and Bruce Ryan.
Just over a year ago, on 22nd December 2019, I summarised
the the previous six months of activities of the members of the Centre for Social Informatics. I illustrated this account with a jolly photograph of us all bunched closely together around the table a few days earlier in room C34a of Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus. Continue reading
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The December 2020 issue of is now available. Alongside the ‘regular’ papers and book reviews, Information Research this issue incorporates all the papers and posters from the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference hosted online by the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa in September. Continue reading
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Last week two of our Centre for Social Informatics PhD students learnt that they will be contributing to iConference 2021. Continue reading
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After two postponements, last month on 19th November 2020, Dr Bruce Ryan and I (finally) hosted the third RIVAL project event. Continue reading
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This time last year on 18th December 2019, following our usual tradition, the
Centre for Social Informatics staff and students marked the end of the year with an ‘All centre’ celebration of their achievements of the previous six months. This kind of get-together is completely impossible under the current pandemic restrictions. So, instead of the usual hilarity in room C34a of Napier’s Merchiston campus, during which I use my enormous egg timer to time five minute updates from everyone around the table over the course of two hours (glass of wine in hand), yesterday afternoon we gathered online for just 30 minutes of social fun. Continue reading
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