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.

Dr David Brazier and Marina Milosheva present this week at ECIL 2021 #ecil2021 #ecil21 #infolit

The European Conference on Information Literacy 2021 (ECIL2021) opens today, running for three days until Thursday 23rd September. The work of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) will be represented in two presentations at this online event. Continue reading

Updated Centre for Social Informatics flyer (v13) and an opportunity to join us

Centre for Social Informatics flyer version 13A new version (V13) of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer is now available from the Social Informatics blog on the Edinburgh Napier University web pages. Please follow the link to read about the work of our research group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer also profiles the thirteen academic and research staff within the research group, alongside our nine current research students.

Normally we wouldn’t publish a new version of our flyer at this time of year. Instead we would wait until after our next intake of PhD students in October. However, some of our staff have recently changed titles/job roles, so we wanted to reflect their achievements in the document now. 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: measures and methodological challenges’ – now published

Journal of Information Literacy logoWorkplace information literacy: measures and methodological challenges is a new paper published this week in the latest issue of the Journal of Information Literacy. Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan are members of the team of authors who co-wrote the paper under the leadership of Professor Gunilla Widén of Åbo Akademi University. Continue reading

Introducing the Edinburgh Napier University Social Informatics blog

Over the past couple of months, my colleague Peter Cruickshank has been leading work on the development a new collaborative blog to showcase the work of our research group at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Two contributions from the Centre for Social Informatics accepted at European Conference on Information Literacy #ECIL2021

The European Conference on Information Literacy 2021 (ECIL2021) will be hosted by University of Bamberg as an online event between 20th and 23rd September 2021. Six members of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) have contributed to two outputs accepted for the conference. Continue reading

Peter Cruickshank appointed to the programme committee of 10th International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective (EGOVIS2021)

Peter Cruickshank of the Centre for Social Informatics has been appointed to the programme committee of the 10th International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective (EGOVIS2021). This appointment recognises Peter’s established track record of research in e-government, particularly on e-participation at hyperlocal levels. See, for example, Cruickshank, Hall & Ryan (2020). Continue reading

Work essential or extra workload? The value of creating a personal professional web presence

This afternoon my Centre for Social Informatics colleague and PhD student Marina Milosheva and I are running a session on the value to academics of creating a personal professional web presence. This is one of a series of researcher development events offered through Edinburgh Napier University’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise unit. Our colleague Dr Sophie Morris is the organiser. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics staff contribute to new paper on the study of workplace information literacy

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Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan

My Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Peter Cruickshank have recently contributed to new paper on methods for studying workplace information literacy. The manuscript is now available as a pdf download from the Edinburgh Napier repository.

Entitled ‘Workplace information literacy: measures and methodological challenges’, the work on the paper was led by Professor Gunilla Widén of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University. The other co-authors are Gunilla’s former colleague Dr Farhan Ahmad (now at the University of Turku) and Dr Shahrokh Nikou, who works alongside Gunilla at Åbo. Continue reading