Narrowing the research-practice gap: a newly published paper and the forthcoming RIVAL Reunion

‘From a network model to a model network: strategies for network development to narrow the LIS research–practice gap’ has just been published. This paper, which I co-authored with my Edinburgh Napier University colleagues Dr Bruce RyanRachel Salzano, and Katherine Stephen, can be found in issue 3 of volume 79 of the Journal of Documentation, and is available as a full-text download from the publisher.Hall Ryan Salzano Stephen 2023 Journal of Documentation Continue reading

Marina Milosheva and Thoko Kachale contribute to the SGSSS summer school 2021

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science summer school 2021 logoThe Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) summer school 2021 runs this week between 14th and 21st June. The PhD students in the Centre for Social Informatics have signed up for several sessions at the summer school. In addition, on Thursday afternoon two of our students – Marina Milsoheva and Thoko Kachale – are hosting a rerun of the training event that they ran successfully in February this year. Continue reading

Introducing the Edinburgh Napier University Social Informatics blog

Over the past couple of months, my colleague Peter Cruickshank has been leading work on the development a new collaborative blog to showcase the work of our research group at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Work essential or extra workload? The value of creating a personal professional web presence

This afternoon my Centre for Social Informatics colleague and PhD student Marina Milosheva and I are running a session on the value to academics of creating a personal professional web presence. This is one of a series of researcher development events offered through Edinburgh Napier University’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise unit. Our colleague Dr Sophie Morris is the organiser. Continue reading

Using social media to promote your research

I’ve recently contributed to a couple of internal workshops at Edinburgh Napier University on using social media to promote research. The purpose these sessions was:

  1. to address the need for academics, researchers and PhD students to enhance the visibility of their work;
  2. to raise awareness of opportunities for developing professional networks offered by social media – for example, to connect to peers and collaborators, and for academics, researchers and PhD students to engage with the work of others as others engage with theirs;
  3. to discuss strategies for the development of presences on, and use of, social media.

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An afternoon of advice from Thesis Whisperer Dr Inger Mewburn

The Thesis Whisperer

The home page of the Thesis Whisperer web site

What do you do when you hear that the Thesis Whisperer, Dr Inger Mewburn, is coming to town? If you’re my colleague Karen Strickland, you do all you can to tempt her onto the Edinburgh Napier University campus to share with colleagues her enthusiasm for social media as a means of marketing academic research.

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Fingers crossed for Aga and Tracey at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

Aga's poster

Aga’s poster describes work for the Acquisition for VFX module

Today two Edinburgh Napier computing students are competing for an award at a BCS event at the University of Nottingham.

Two months ago in February 2013 Aga Banach and Tracey Binney responded to a call for students to submit a 250 word abstract for a poster presentation at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium.

The colloquium is the UK’s main event for women undergraduate students of computing. Now in its 6th year, the day features talks from industry and academia, a panel-based careers session, stalls from employers, and lots of networking opportunities.

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Training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector: invitation to contribute to research project

This is a call to fellow library, information and knowledge professionals to contribute to a research project by completing a short survey on training needs. If you work in the library, information and knowledge sector, please read on to learn more about the project and how you can contribute to it.

cilip_logoThe survey is one of the data collection tools for the project Training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector. This work has been commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

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Winning ways: apply for that award

Like many others at this time of year I am now thoroughly sick and tired of the winter. Last weekend in Edinburgh was particularly poor with dismal dark skies overhead and a damp chill at ground level that seemed to rise up and penetrate my clothing no matter how well wrapped up I was. Each morning at this time of year I step out of my front door wondering whether this will finally be the day when I get a first real sniff of spring. As yet, no such joy.

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