Centre for Social Informatics ‘all centre’ meeting June 2022

Social Informatics Research Group Edinburgh Napier University selfie

Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr David Brazier, Dr David Haynes, Dr Hazel Hall, Katherine Stephen, Dr Bruce Ryan, and Dr JP Vargheese pose for a post-meeting selfie

For the first time since 18th December 2019, this week members of my research group gathered for an end of year ‘all centre’ meeting to celebrate our recent research highlights.

Although not everyone could make it on this occasion, those who could enjoyed spending the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd June together. We took it in turns to deliver short personal updates to the rest of the group on our own research. We also read out details sent to us by email from those who could not participate in person, and gave each absent colleague a round of applause. Continue reading

Dr Gemma Webster appointed to EPSRC Peer Review College

Congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics member Dr Gemma Webster on her promotion from associate to full member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College.

In this role, Gemma will be taking part in the assessment process of grant applications received by the EPSRC. Her expert knowledge will feed into the investment decisions made by EPSRC review panels, and help ensure that the EPSRC funding is directed to support only the highest quality UK research in engineering and physical sciences.

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.

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A copy-writing role with Information Research for Lyndsey Jenkins

Information Research logoCongratulations to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Lyndsey Jenkins, newly appointed to the team of copy-editors (or ‘editorial associates’) for Information Research. Continue reading

Appointment to the programme committee of the 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference

Loughborough University balloonJust as we are about to enter the summer 2015 conference season, we are already looking forward to 2016!

I have recently accepted an invitation to serve on the international programme committee of the 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference. Hosted by the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University, the conference takes place on the Loughborough campus next year on 12th and 13th January 2016. An outline programme is now available.

For those interested in presenting a paper at this event, submissions for 500 word abstracts open on July 1st, with a deadline of 30th September 2015. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to submit their full papers by 18th December 2015.

Doctoral degree programme evaluation at the University of Borås

Union flags fly to mark the visit of British professors to the University of Borås

Union flags fly to mark the visit of British Professors Hazel Hall and David Allen to the University of Borås

Last June I blogged about a trip to University of Borås in Sweden to serve as the opponent at a doctoral defence. This week I made a return visit to the University. On this occasion I was an external member of a panel charged with auditing the University’s doctoral education programme in Library and Information Science.

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The Circle by Dave Eggers: book review

Over Easter I read The Circle by Dave Eggers. I wouldn’t normally blog about my recreational reading, but there is such a strong overlap between the themes of the novel and my research and teaching interests that I have decided to post my review here.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The tale’s main setting is the Silicon Valley campus of a tech company in the not too distant future. The Circle has already gobbled up several other familiar enterprises and, as such, may be conceived as a fictional amalgamation of companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter. Its earnest workforce is involved in numerous innovative projects to make the world a “better” place where communities are safe, and a genuine democracy works for the good of all. Circle technologists work on a bewilderingly wide range of innovations that include, for example, systems to eradicate criminal dangers such as child abduction and to guard against political corruption.

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EPSRC Digital Personhood sandpit week

EPSRC logo Engineering and Physical Science Research Council logoLast week I served as a mentor for the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council in Cheshire at a one-week sandpit event (a form of interactive workshop, and one that appears to have been misunderstood by Private Eye, as can be seen below). My fellow mentors were Professor Richard Harper of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Professor Bruce Brown of the University of Brighton, and Professor Pete Edwards of the University of Aberdeen. Pete also served as the sandpit director. The aim of the sandpit was to stimulate thinking in promising new areas of the digital economy (DE) research theme.

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i3 international programme committee appointment

i3 logoI’ve accepted an invitation to serve again on the i3 conference international programme committee. The 2013 conference conference takes place in Aberdeen next year between 25th and 28th June, and I’m really looking forward to it. This is the fourth conference in the series.

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