Catching up with conferences in autumn 2020

autumn, trees, bruntsfieldIt currently feels like we have reached the peak of the autumn conference season. An array of events of interest to those of us working in Social Informatics and related areas are taking place this week. These include:

At the same time, we are keeping an eye on deadlines for our submissions to present at conferences next year. These include the iConference 2021 with the poster and doctoral colloquium deadline due to close just before midday UK time today (23:59 IDLW).

Given that all these events are hosted virtually, it’s possible to ‘travel’ between them over the course of the day/night, while also keeping up with work at base. For example, one member of my research group – PhD student Rachel Salzano – was registered for both ASIST20 and the CILIPS conference yesterday.

At the latter, Rachel presented on her doctoral study on new comer populations and public library use. First she spoke about the pilot study for her PhD, the focus of which has been international students as a particular newcomer population. Then she drew attention to the forthcoming main empirical stage of her research. Specifically Rachel made a call to those working in public library services to contact her if they are able to help facilitate access to another newcomer population – forced migrants – who would be interested in contributing to this study. Do please feel free to contact Rachel by email if you are able to assist: r.salzano@napier.ac.uk.

Meanwhile our colleague Dr Bruce Ryan, who is also ‘at’ the CILIPS conference, has been extending its reach by tweeting the sessions. This allows those of us not ‘there’ at the event a chance to engage with the conference activities by following the #cilips20 hashtag on Twitter. Thank you Bruce!

All set for #asist20

ASIST2020 logoFollowing three days of virtual pre-conference workshops and the annual doctoral colloquium, the annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology 2020 ‘proper’ opens today.  The opening keynote speaker is Houman Haddad, Head of Emerging Technologies, United Nations World Food Programme (Nobel Peace Prize winner). He will present to the online audience on blockchain technology for humanitarian assistance at 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT in the UK).

Several members of the Centre for Social Informatics are making co-authored contributions to ASIST 2020: Continue reading

Join the Ada Scotland Festival online on Tuesday 13th October

Ada Scotland Festival flyerThe Ada Scotland Festival is a series of online events focused on addressing the gender imbalance in Computing Science. The launch event takes place online on Tuesday 13th October on Ada Lovelace Day 2020. Continue reading

All set for #isic2020

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The 2020 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference is hosted this week by our colleagues at the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Had circumstances been different, several members of the Centre for Social Informatics would be in South Africa now. The PhD students would be joining today’s doctoral workshop in person, and everyone preparing to present their papers and posters face-to-face over the course of the main conference from Tuesday to Thursday this week (as has been the case at past ISIC conferences, e.g. 2018 in Kraków, Poland, 2016 in Zadar, Croatia, 2014 in Leeds) . Continue reading

Katherine Stephen introduces her PhD on metaskills maturity for future workplaces

Katherine Stephen SDS presentation 2020Amongst the doctoral studies undertaken within the Centre for Social Informatics are a number that are co-funded by the ESRC and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). To date, we have: Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics contributions to Information Seeking in Context 2020 #isic2020

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Hosted by the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, Information Seeking in Context 2020 (#isic2020) takes place as a virtual conference between 28th September and 2nd October 2020. As has been the case in the past (e.g. 2018 in Kraków, Poland, 2016 in Zadar, Croatia), colleagues from the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University are looking forward to the opportunity of presenting some of their research at the ISIC conference. Continue reading

Paper accepted for #ASIST2020 on the development of a network for LIS researchers and practitioners in Scotland

ASIST2020 logoMy Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Bruce Ryan and I are delighted that our short paper ‘Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL): development, implementation and outcomes of a Scottish network for LIS researchers and practitioners‘ has been accepted for presentation at the (virtual) 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST2020). We are grateful to our Centre for Social Informatics Visiting Professor Brian Detlor for providing internal peer review feedback on an early draft of our paper, especially since the acceptance rate for short papers at the conference this year was just 48% this year. Continue reading

Activity Theory to explore transitioning to agile methods: contribution to #XP2020

The 21st International Conference on Agile Software Development XP2020 takes place this week between Monday 8th and Friday 12th June. Normally delegates would be gathering in Copenhagen to participate in the event. Like many conferences this year, however, the conference has switched to a virtual format.

Amongst the work to be presented at the conference is a paper by Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Pritam Chita, Peter Cruickshank and Dr Colin Smith, with Dr Kendall Richards of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Computing Education Research. Continue reading

Bruce Ryan and Gemma Webster present on information avoidance and diabetes at Information Science Trends: Health Information Behavior

Next week on Monday 8th June Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Dr Gemma Webster are presenting a poster at Information Science Trends: Health Information Behavior. This free virtual event takes place over 3 days between 8th and 10th June in three 3-hour sessions. It has been organised by the European Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). 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