Centre for Social Informatics at #ASIST2017

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The 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology  takes place from October 27th to November 1st 2017. Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Frances Ryan will be travelling to Washington, DC to present a poster at the conference. This work, which Frances has developed with the members of her supervision team (myself, Peter Cruickshank, and Alistair Lawson), is entitled ‘Building identity in online environments: an Information Science perspective‘.

The content of the poster draws on some of the findings from Frances’ doctoral study on the use of online information for personal reputation management. Specifically it relates the ways in which people use information to build identities for themselves online. It refers to a number of practices – such as the creation and deployment of online personas, and the use of anonymity and pseudonyms – on three social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The poster also presents the ways in which private and professional selves blur or merge together in online environments.

These findings are based on a qualitative analysis of diary and interview data from 45 UK participants. They are contextualised with reference to identity building in the more formal setting of academic reputation management, i.e. through the use of citations.

The main conclusion from this analysis is that individuals present elements of themselves using online information, but that they do not do so with the deliberate intention of building identity.

For further information about the poster, please see the full abstract, and the recent post on Frances’ blog.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili speaks on future science to commemorate #Napier400

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili (photo credit Allan Shedlock)

2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of John Napier after whom Edinburgh Napier University is named, and whose former home – Merchiston Tower – is situated on the campus where I work. Over the course of 2017 a series of events has commemorated John Napier and his work. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics at the ‘Ways of being in a digital age’ review conference

Ways of Being in a Digital AgeThe Ways of being in a digital age review conference is currently underway at the University of Liverpool. The conference closes the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project Ways of being in a digital age. The project was commissioned by the ESRC in 2016 to help identify and prioritise future areas and methods for research on the social, economic, political, psychological and cultural impacts of digital media and technologies.

Amongst the delegates at the conference is Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk. At the conference Alicja is presenting a paper that she has co-authored with the members of her supervision team: Dr Gemma Webster, Dr Colin Smith and myself. The paper is entitled ‘Digital culture co-creation: capturing the social impact of small-scale community projects’. The slides are available on SlideShare and below.

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Invitation to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2017 at Edinburgh Napier University #ALD17

Ada Lovelace Day Polly Purvis bannerTuesday 10th October is Ada Lovelace Day. Following the success of previous years (2016, 2015), Edinburgh Napier University’s Athena SWAN team, the School of Computing, and EQUATE Scotland are marking this worldwide celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by hosting free workshops and a public lecture on campus on October 10th 2017. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics at the 18th European Conference on Knowledge Management #ECKM2017

The 18th European Conference on Knowledge Management (#ECKM2017) has been taking place in Barcelona this week at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Today Iris Buunk (one of the PhD students in the Centre for Social Informatics) is presenting a co-authored paper at the conference. Entitled ‘Skills in sight: how social media affordances increase network awareness’ this work examines the extent to which social media afford new capabilities in the sharing of tacit knowledge. The slides for the paper are available on SlideShare, and below.

McMaster Library Research Symposium 2017 #lib_research17

McMaster University logoLast month I participated at a second McMaster Library Research Symposium. This was hosted along the lines of an inaugural event held on November 3rd 2015.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to renew friendships at the 2017 symposium, make new connections with academics and practitioners from a range of library settings who are interested in library and information science research, and deliver a closing paper on the main findings of the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping Project and the impact of this work to date (slides for which are available on SlideShare). Continue reading