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.

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.

Defining the UK information worker: the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping Project #lib_research17

Senator William McMaster, founder of McMaster University

William McMaster

Yesterday I delivered a presentation about social media research undertaken by staff and students within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University (slides available on SildeShare) at McMaster University.

Today I am returning to campus to contribute to the McMaster Library Research Symposium 2017.

At this event I will be relating the main findings of the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping Project completed in 2014/15, and the impact of the work to date. The slides for my presentation are available on SlideShare, and below. Continue reading

Research into social media practices and social media practices for research

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Downtown Toronto last Friday

I’m currently working in Canada, where I am a guest of McMaster University, hosted by Dr Brian Detlor.

This week, amongst other activities at McMaster, I am delivering two invited papers. The first paper, which I am presenting twice to two different audiences on Monday 14th August, is about social media research undertaken by staff and students within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. The slides for this presentation are available on SildeShare and below.

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Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 review #i3rgu

CSI staff Peter Cruickshank, Dr Laura Muir, Professor Hazel Hall & Visiting Professor Brian Detlor at #i3RGU

Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Peter Cruickshank, Dr Laura Muir, Professor Hazel Hall & Visiting Professor Brian Detlor gather at #i3RGU

Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 took place at Robert Gordon University at the end of last month from Tuesday June 27th until Friday June 30th 2017, with a packed programme for delegates who had travelled to Aberdeen from across the world. As in previous years, staff and research students from the Centre for Social Informatics (who didn’t have too far to travel) enjoyed participating at the event. We delivered a total of nine papers, as summarised in the table below. Continue reading