Every other year the Information: interactions and impact (i3) conference brings an international community of academic and practitioner researchers together in Aberdeen to explore the quality and effectiveness of the interactions between people and information, and how such interactions can bring about change. In the years in which it takes place, i3 is one of the highlights of the conference season. (For a flavour of the event please see my review from two years ago, and the others to which I link in my 2015 post.) Continue reading
Later in summer 2017 I will be visiting McMaster University Ontario, Canada to work with my Canadian collaborator, and Visiting Professor to the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Dr Brian Detlor. Amongst the various activities that we have planned, I will be delivering two seminar papers when I am at McMaster.
The first paper entitled ‘Research into social media information practices, and social media information practices for research’ will be presented as part of the DeGroote Business School seminar series on Monday 14th August. The following day, on Tuesday 15th August, I will relate the main findings of the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping Project to an audience of librarians at the McMaster Library Symposium in a paper entitled ‘Defining the UK information worker: the CILIP-ARA Workforce Mapping Project’. (The abstracts for these two papers are given below.) Continue reading
Seven full papers developed from presentations made at last year’s Information: interactions and impact (i3) conference are now available online as peer-reviewed journal articles. Together they contribute to a special issue of Journal of Information Science (JIS) to be published in spring 2016.
Two of these papers are contributions from members of my team within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. The first concerns Knowledge Management as a management innovation, and the other discusses the role of the census as an information source in policy-making. Continue reading
AHRC-funded research student Lynn Killick, who works with me within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, presented a paper entitled The role of the census in public policy-making: information practices of policy makers at the i3 conference last June.
Subsequently Lynn and I worked with Lynn’s two other supervisors to develop this material into an article entitled ‘The census as an information source in public policy-making’ for the Journal of Information Science. This will appear in a special issue of the journal in June 2016. Continue reading
Back in June 2015 Dr Louise Rasmussen presented a paper at the i3 conference entitled A KM implementation as management innovation: the impact of an agent of change. Louise and I have since developed this work into an article for the Journal of Information Science, and it has just been accepted for publication. The paper will appear in a special issue of the journal in June 2016.
The theme of the paper is the introduction and adoption of a Knowledge Management programme within a large distributed public sector agency in Europe. It discusses in detail the results of research that sought to provide insight into the adoption process associated with management innovations, with a focus on decision-making. As well as extending theoretical perspectives on KM, this work developed a model that can be used by KM practitioners as a tool for project management at particular points of the management innovation process, taking into account local contexts.
The full text of the accepted paper is available for download. The slides for the earlier conference presentation can also be found on my SlideShare account.
Seven weeks of dissemination
When Leo Appleton presents the slides for our joint-authored paper on the value and impact of public library services on citizenship development at the 11th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services today, this will mark the end of a busy conference season for the staff and research students in the Centre for Social Informatics. Continue reading