Register for the next Open Knowledge Foundation Edinburgh meet-up: Monday 7th May, Edinburgh Napier Merchiston

OKFN 2018 logoRegistration is open for the next Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) Scotland meet-up which takes place on the evening of Monday 7th May at the Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston campus (room E17). Doors open 17:30, talks start 18:00, and the event is expected to finish around 20:00. The event is organised by Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan.

Open Knowledge meet-ups are friendly and informal gatherings for the discussion of open knowledge and open data. Topics range from politics and philosophy to the practicalities of theory and practice.

At the meeting on Monday 7th May there will be lightning talks from:

Drinks and snacks will be provided as part of the free registration.

For further information about Open Knowledge Scotland please see the group’s web site at http://scot.okfn.org. For further information about the event on 7th May, please see the registration page, or contact one of the organisers: Peter Cruickshank (p.cruickshank@napier.ac.uk) and Dr Bruce Ryan (b.ryan@napier.ac.uk).

Register now for iDocQ 2018, Thursday 3rd May, Edinburgh #iDocQ2018

iDocQ2018_bannerEstablished in 2011, iDocQ is the longest-running UK colloquium for doctoral students in Information Science and related subjects. iDocQ takes place this year in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Napier University on Thursday 3rd May 2018. All PhD students in Information Science and related subjects are invited to register (free of charge) for an exciting programme that includes opportunities for them to: Continue reading

Long-term community development within a researcher network: a social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre

My co-authored article with Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan ‘Long-term community development within a researcher network: a social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre’ is now available from Emerald as an EarlyCite paper for Journal of Documentation. Those with subscription access can download the full pdf. There is also a full text version available to view free of charge.

In the article we present the results from a study that investigated the extent to which an intervention to develop a community of library and information science (LIS) researchers – the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project – was successful in meeting its main objective three years after its implementation. Of particular interest are factors that support or hinder network longevity. Continue reading

An SGSSS-Scottish Government internship for Lyndsey Middleton

SGSSS logoEach year the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), of which Edinburgh Napier University is part, offers a number of 3-month full-time internships for PhD students. These provide opportunities for second and third year PhD students to develop a range of transferable skills, enhance their employability, and gain experience of working within a public sector organisation in a short (funded) break from their PhD studies. Continue reading

Appointments to Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 panels #REF2021

REF2021 logoOn Friday 23rd March the UK higher education funding bodies announced the appointment of members to the panels for the first stage of the REF 2021 exercise. The panel members were selected from over 4,000 nominations submitted last year by subject associations and other organisations with an interest in research. The panels comprise leading researchers, and individuals with expertise in the wider use and benefits of research.

I am delighted to have been appointed to serve as one of the members of Sub-panel 34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics at iConference 2018 #iconf18

iConference 2018 bannerHosted by the Information School at the University of Sheffield and the iSchool at Northumbria University, the 2018 iConference takes place in Sheffield this week from 25th to 28th March. Follow the conference remotely on Twitter using the hashtag #iconf18. Continue reading

Alicja Pawluczuk presents at Transmedia Literacy International 2018 #Transliteracy2018

Alicja Pawluczuk presents her slides (Photo credit Angélica Elisa)

Transmedia Literacy International 2018 is currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain. This afternoon at the conference, Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk presented a paper (co-authored with her supervisors Dr Colin Smith, Dr Gemma Webster and Professor Hazel Hall) on perceptions of social impact held by youth workers, and processes for the evaluation of digital youth projects. Continue reading