Yesterday afternoon I participated in an online meeting of the UK Electronic Information Group (UKeIG). At one time I was heavily involved in the work of this group – I served as its Honorary Secretary for a while early in my career – but this was my first attendance at such an event for some time. The two presentations that sandwiched the 2021 UKeIG AGM were my main motivation for attending the meeting. Continue reading
Dr Bruce Ryan and I have recently added new content about network members to the Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL) project web site. This includes:
- A directory of all the network members: this includes names; photographs; job titles; contact details; and skills and interests for all people listed.
- A directory of network members’ skills and interests: these have been classified according to the CILIP Professional Skills and Knowledge Base.
- The RIVAL network map: this interactive map allows users to locate the RIVAL network members across Scotland.
Congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Ella Taylor-Smith and Dr Colin Smith on the publication of their article ‘Investigating the online and offline contexts of day-to-day democracy as participation spaces’ in Information, Communication and Society.
The main theme of the article is citizen-led participation in democracy, and the online and offline spaces – introduced as ‘participation space’ – in which people work together to influence those in power, and to improve their communities. The findings draw upon a sociotechnical analysis of data from three case studies to expose the relationship between activities of local, grassroots democracy and the characteristics of the online and offline spaces in which it occurs. Continue reading
‘Managing and evaluating personal reputations on the basis of information shared on social media: a Generation X perspective‘ has been published this week in Information Research. I co-authored this paper with Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Frances Ryan, and colleagues Peter Cruickshank and Alistair Lawson. Continue reading
Last week we welcomed Dr Heidi Julien to the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI). Heidi is Professor and Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo in the US.
On the afternoon of Tuesday 17th May, Heidi gave a research seminar entitled Models and my discontents, the content of which prompted much discussion amongst the staff and research students within CSI. Continue reading
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