About Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, UK, Docent of Information Studies a Åbo Akademi, Finland.

A month in coronavirus captivity

I rarely write personally on this blog. That said, I have used this medium to relay some very personal news in the past, and it currently feels like the right place to reflect on these first few weeks of coronavirus lockdown. I also thought that it would be interesting to share some of the photographs that I have been taking in the limited amount of time that I have been out of my house during this period, one of which has been selected by the BBC as one of its series Your pictures of Scotland for 24th April to 1st May 2020. Continue reading

Hyperlocal democracy, tacit knowledge sharing, digital youth participation, and online reputation building and management: four more papers in JoLIS

Journal of Librarianship and Information ScienceThe last four articles of the seven that I developed with Centre for Social Informatics colleagues from the conference papers that we presented at i3 in 2017 have worked their way through the publication process, and can now be found in the print form with assigned volume, issue and page numbers in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. The article titles and themes are: Continue reading

Digital identity security information practices of citizens (DISIPRAC) report now available

DISIPRAC reportDigital identity security information practices of citizens (DISIPRAC) is a project led by Peter Cruickshank.

On Thursday 27th February, Peter and our (then) Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Frances Ryan (now at Aberdeen University) hosted a workshop on the DISIPRAC project themes. This took place at the Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston campus. Twelve people, all of whom help adults in the community, joined Peter and Frances to discuss three scenarios associated with facilitating access to services provided by UK, Scottish, and local governments. Continue reading

A new role at the UN for Dr Alicja Pawluczuk

Alicja Pawluczuk

Dr Alicja Pawluczuk

Congratulations to our PhD graduate Dr Alicja Pawluczuk who today (1st April 2020) starts a new work role as Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development Fellow at the United Nations University Institute in Macau.

Over the next twelve months, Alicja will be examining current approaches to digital inclusion measurement, and investigating digital inclusion practitioners’ narratives of their experience of digital inclusion measurement. The objective of Alicja’s fellowship is to analyse the state-of-the-art of digital inclusion measurement and evaluation on the basis of a systematic literature review. It is anticipated that outcomes of this research will inform UN policy-making on issues related to ICTs and sustainable development. Continue reading

New jobs for Dr Frances Ryan and (almost Dr) Leo Appleton

Dr Frances Ryan, who graduated with her PhD last summer, and Leo Appleton, who will cross the stage to pick up his doctoral degree certificate on 1st July 2020 (coronavirus permitting), have recently been successful in applications for new jobs. Congratulations to them both! Continue reading

Why bother to share information for little visible return? Publication in press with Information Research

Talking to imagined citizens? Information sharing practices and proxies for e-participation in hyperlocal democratic settings has recently been accepted for publication in Information Research.

This work is concerned with the extent to which existing models of information sharing based on the tenets of exchange are applicable across a full range of contexts. Specifically, in this paper, Peter Cruickshank and I deploy an information sharing practice-based approach to explore the means by which hyperlocal representatives in Scotland handle their information sharing roles, and how they address their relationships with online ‘lurker’ audiences. Continue reading

Lecturer vacancies at Edinburgh Napier University: (1) Interaction Design; (2) Interactive Audio

We are currently advertising two lecturer posts within the Creative and Social Computing Teaching Group within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. One is in Interaction Design, and the other Interactive Audio. The closing date for both vacancies is 5th April. Interviews for the Interaction Design position are likely to be held on 21st April, and for Interactive Audio on 27th April. Continue reading

Networking as an information behaviour during job search: paper now published in Journal of Documentation

networking job search Mowbray Hall 2020Dr John Mowbray and I were delighted to learn this week that our paper ‘Networking as information behaviour during job search: a study of active jobseekers in the Scottish youth labour market‘ is now published. It available in both online and in print in the Journal of Documentation: volume 76, issue 2. Continue reading

Collaboration and networking: learning from DREaM and RIVAL #UofGISTalks

This afternoon I am giving a SICSA-sponsored talk at the University of Glasgow. I have been invited to present by Dr Paul Gooding, Dr Nicole Smith, and Professor Maria Economou of the School of Information Studies as a contributor to the School’s seminar series. Continue reading

Newly published: version 10 of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer (February 2020)

Centre for Social Informatics bannerWe have a newly updated Centre for Social Informatics flyer (version 10, no less!) Please follow the link to read about the work of our group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer includes profiles of the academic and research staff within our group: Continue reading