An award for Marianne Wilson

Natural language interfaces to support career decision-making of young people Marianne Wilson TMT three minute thesisCongratulations to Centre for Social Informatics research student Marianne Wilson, winner of the Masters award in the Skills Development (SDS) Scotland Virtual 3MT competition 2021.

Having just completed the MScR in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Marianne has come to the end of the first year of her 1+3 ESRC/SDS funded PhD studentship, and will be starting her doctoral study under the supervision of Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr Dimitra Gkatzia, and Professor Pete Robertson at Napier next month. In her winning presentation Marianne introduces her doctoral research project on the application of artificial intelligence dialogue systems to support the delivery of careers guidance in Scotland.

The award was judged by a panel that comprised Dr Patrick Watt, Head of Evaluation and Research at SDS, Professor Mhairi Mackenzie of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, and Dr Scott Hurrell of the University of Glasgow.

An internship with Marine Scotland for Katherine Stephen

Marine Scotland Scottish Government logoToday Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Katherine Stephen starts a 3-month paid internship with Marine Scotland. The internship has been organised through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Scottish Science (SGSSS) internship programme, and is funded by the Scottish Government. Continue reading

Newly published and available online from Emerald ‘Workplace information literacy: a bridge to the development of Innovative Work Behaviour’

Middleton Hall workplace information literacy innovative work behaviour behavior article headerWorkplace information literacy: a bridge to the development of innovative work behaviour is an article that I recently co-authored with Dr Lyndsey Middleton. It is now available as a PDF from the Journal of Documentation. (The manuscript of this paper is also available on the Edinburgh Napier repository for those who do not have subscription access to the Journal of Documentation). Continue reading

Katherine Stephen to present on the Imitation Game at the BSA Work, Employment and Society conference 2021

Katherine Stephen

Katherine Stephen

Congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Katherine Stephen on the acceptance of a paper that she submitted for presentation at the British Sociological Association Work, Employment and Society conference 2021.

Katherine’s paper is entitled Investigating cognitive adaptability in new workplace cultures with the Imitation Game. Its content is focused on deployment of the Imitation Game to determine workers’ application of cognitive adaptability when entering new workplace cultures. Continue reading

Congratulations Associate Professor Dr Peter Cruickshank!

Normally at this time of year, thousands of newly-minted graduates collect their degree certificates at university graduation ceremonies across the UK. Were we not under pandemic restrictions, my colleague Peter Cruickshank would be one of those crossing the stage this month at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, marking the completion of his doctorate in May 2021. Continue reading

Workplace information literacy and innovative work behaviour: new article in press with the Journal of Documentation

Journal of Documentation 2021 Workplace information literacy: a bridge to the development of Innovative Work Behaviour is a new paper about information-related determinants of Innovative Work Behaviour (IWB). I co-authored this paper with Dr Lyndsey Middleton, drawing on the findings of Lyndsey’s ESRC/Skills Development Scotland-funded doctoral research* completed within the Centre for Social Informatics. The paper was accepted for publication in the Journal of Documentation last week. Continue reading

Using a multi-location, longitudinal focus group method to conduct qualitative research into the role of public libraries #QQML2021

Dr Leo Appleton

Dr Leo Appleton

The 13th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2021) takes place this week from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th May. At the conference, Dr Leo Appleton, who completed his doctoral study within the Centre for Social Informatics last year, is presenting a paper that he and I have co-authored.

Entitled ‘Using a multi-location, longitudinal focus group method to conduct qualitative research into the role of public libraries‘, the theme of our paper is the novel multilocation longitudinal focus group method that Leo adopted for the empirical phase of his PhD research on the role of UK public libraries. In his presentation slot on Tuesday, Leo will discuss the value of data collection from fiftythree participants in three rounds of focus group meetings in eight UK public library authorities. He will explain that this approach generated a rich data set for qualitative analysis. In particular, he will draw attention to the increasing level of sophistication and depth of discussion amongst the study participants over the course of the three rounds of focus group meetings. Leo will also acknowledge participant attrition as the main drawback of this approach. Continue reading

Fully-funded PhD opportunity: labour market intelligence and machine learning

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We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University.

The studentship is entitled Enhancing labour market intelligence using machine learning. It is suitable for holders of undergraduate or Masters degrees in subjects such as Business Information Systems, Business Studies, Computing, Data Science, or Information Science, Continue reading

Opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers to contribute to research on UK public library services

Do you know or work with adult refugees and/or asylum seekers who have lived in the UK for 5 years or fewer? If so, please could you let them know about this opportunity to contribute to an on-going research project within the Centre for Social Informatics by completing a short online questionnaire at tinyurl.com/culturepubliclibraries. Continue reading

Knowledge co-creation, and career information literacy: two contributions from Marina Milosheva at #iconf21

iConference 2021 launched yesterday, and the first of the two Centre for Social Informatics PhD students who will be making contributions to the event is about to take the (online) stage.

PhD student Marina Milosheva will be available to answer questions about her poster The socio-material nature of careers work: an exploration of knowledge co-creation amongst career practitioners in the conference chatroom at the first of three poster sessions today (with the others taking place next week on 24th and 26th March). Continue reading