Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Alumni Event in Wuhan, China

After the events of the iConference in Wuhan, China last week, the Information School held an alumni event on Saturday 25th March at Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley, attended by several of our past students who live in China.

Information School staff Dr Andrew Cox and Dr Jorge Martins attended, as well as former staff member and MSc/PhD alumnus Dr Miguel Nunes.

Our alumni travelled from Beijing, Shengzhen, Hainan and Guangzhou to Wuhan to attend the gathering and everyone had a very enjoyable time.



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dr Andrew Cox - iConference 2017 Highlights

Last week, members of the Information School attended the 2017 iConference in Wuhan, China. One of our academic staff, senior lecturer Dr Andrew Cox, gives his highlights below, along with some of his photos from the trip.



My highlights of the 2017 iConference included one of our PhD students, Piyapat Jarusawat, presenting her excellent paper "Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand" to a packed audience. The paper was shortlisted for the award for Most Interesting Preliminary Research Paper.

Another of our PhD students, Shuyang Li, also gave an excellent research presentation.


Our Head of School, Professor Peter Bath gave a presentation announcing Sheffield as the venue for the iConference in 2018. We are hosting this event in collaboration with Northumbria University.

We held an informal social dinner with some of our Chinese alumni around the conference proceedings, which was lovely. I also bumped into another alumni, Yidi Jiang, by chance on a train station platform on the way to the airport - what are the chances?


Of course there was also the chance for some good sightseeing. We visited the Hubei museum (above) and the Guiyuan Temple (below).



There was some lovely cherry blossom on the Wuhan University campus tour (above) and we had some great views of the Yangtse river (below, and top).


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Professor Stephen Pinfield co-authored OA Market Analysis Report

Professor Stephen Pinfield has co-authored a major new report on the Open Access market, conducted on behalf of OpenAIRE and the European Commission in late 2016 and early 2017.

This report could make important policy recommendations relating to the future of Open Access.

The report can be read about on the LIBER blog here and read in full in the Zenodo repository here.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Article by Pam McKinney featured in Informed Librarian Online

An article entitled "The Use of Technology in Group-Work: A Situational Analysis of Students' Reflective Writing", written by our lecturer Pam McKinney, has been chosen as a featured article for this month's Informed Librarian Online.

Each monthly issue of Informed Librarian, in addition to linking directly to the latest tables of contents of over 320 journals, with links to full-text as available, selects a few journal articles to highlight for many thousands of readers.

The Informed Librarian Online also offers our members access to ILOSearch, our database of over 341,000 journal articles and documents from the library journals we index. It is a fully-searchable sophisticated database which functions as an index to the library literature.

Members can find the article at http://www.informedlibrarian.com/.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed delivers guest lecture at School of Health and Related Research

Our doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a guest lecture at the School of Health and Related Research. Wasim’s talk centred on looking at some new technologies which can be used for disease surveillance.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Dr Paul Reilly co-authored submission to UK Government inquiry on young peoples' mental health

A written submission to the UK Government inquiry on children and young people's mental health, co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, has been accepted and published. Based on the findings from a Wellcome Trust project, the report addresses the role of social media in raising awareness of mental health issues amongst these groups.

The submission can be viewed here.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Dr Paul Reilly presenting at International Studies Association Convention in Baltimore

Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly is presenting two papers at the International Studies Association annual convention in Baltimore this week. Paul will be presenting at the panel entitled 'Social Media and Activism: Power and Resistance in the 21st Century' on Thursday 23rd of February.

The first paper, authored by Paul, is entitled 'Twitter, affective publics and public demonstrations in divided societies: The 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes in Northern Ireland.'

Abstract:
Can social media help facilitate peacebuilding in divided societies such as Northern Ireland? Are they safe spaces in which antagonistic groups are able to reconcile their differences and agree to work together for mutual benefit? This paper adds to this debate by examining how citizens used Twitter in response to the contentious Orange Order parade in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast. Twitter provided a platform for ‘affective publics’ who expressed a myriad of sentiments towards the Orange Order, in addition to the residents who opposed the loyalist parade passing the predominantly nationalist area. This study focused on the extent to which these tweeters appeared to use the site to prevent a recurrence of the sectarian violence that followed the parade in previous years. A critical thematic analysis of 7388 #Ardoyne tweets, collected in July 2014 and July 2015, was conducted in order to investigate these issues. Results indicate that Twitter’s greatest contribution to peacebuilding may lie in its empowerment of citizens to correct rumours and disinformation that have the potential to generate sectarian violence. However, the site does not appear to function as a shared space in which cross-community consensus on contentious issues such as Ardoyne parade can be fostered.

Paul also co-authored a paper entitled 'Telling it like it is: A comparative perspective on the use of personal stories in online grassroots advocacy', along with Filippo Trevisan and Mariana Leyton Escobar of American University.

Abstract:
Storytelling transcends cultures. It can speak to global audiences, change public attitudes, serve as policy evidence, and challenge dominant media narratives on sensitive social issues. Thus, advocacy organizations and activist networks increasingly use social media to crowd-source, co-create, and distribute personal stories, which originate in the private sphere and become public narratives online. Yet, story-based advocacy is also controversial as sharing the intimate accounts of groups that have been discriminated against may foster further stigmatization. Communication scholars have yet to discuss the implications of this global advocacy trend for digital citizenship. Whose voices do we really hear in online stories? How are they collected, edited, and re-mediated? Ultimately, who is empowered by this approach? To address these questions, this paper compares the use of personal stories in online disability rights campaigns in the UK and the United States. By combining the analysis of blog posts and YouTube videos featuring stories of disability with interviews with leading advocates in both countries, different digital storytelling practices are revealed. In particular, a trade-off between maintaining spontaneity and editing personal accounts to achieve policy effectiveness is identified and discussed in the context of different political cultures, media systems, ethical principles, and policy-making traditions.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed speaks at PubhD

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently presented about his PhD in a pub at a PubhD event. The concept is to use a whiteboard and a marker pen to explain your research in 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions.


Wasim noted that the event is a great way to test out your public speaking and engagement skills and as a delegate it is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new. You can read more about PubhD on their website

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Faculty awards funding to Information School Doctoral Student

PhD student Wasim Ahmed, in collaboration with Chrysa Dagoula from the Journalism Department have been awarded funding to hold an event related to social media in the summer of 2017. The workshop will be of interest to researchers from different research areas that are interested in social media research and effective usage. The workshop will cut across academic disciplines, and will provide an opportunity for formal and informal networking. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

PhD student Wasim Ahmed presented at a Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century

Our PhD student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a talk on his PhD research related to social media research ethics at the School of Health and Related Research. The talk was delivered as part of the Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century on the 24th of January, 2017.



The talk was recorded, and you can watch Wasim’s talk here.

Monday, 13 February 2017

iSchools Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

The Information School is an international community of students and academics, and we are very proud of our cultural diversity. As well as being a part of the internationally renowned University of Sheffield, the Information School is a member of the global iSchools network and a part of the iCaucus, and we stand with these organisations in their response to recent political events regarding immigration.

The iSchools network have released a statement regarding the President of the United States’ Executive Order on Immigration which can be read here.


#WeAreInternational

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dr Elisa Serafinelli journal article published in Photographies

Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli has been published in volume 10 of the journal Photographies.

Her article, entitled 'Analysis of Photo Sharing and Visual Social Relationships: Instagram as a case study' discusses how popular image-sharing social media platform Instagram can influence the way people see their own interpersonal social relationships.

The article is availabile here.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Information School PhD student interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield

University of Sheffield Information School PhD student Wasim Ahmed was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday 20th of January on Rony Robinson’s 'Baring All' feature. Wasim’s talk centred on overcoming social anxiety, and the excellent support services at the University of Sheffield, and about his PhD. 

Wasim noted that if students were struggling with mental health that there is support available, and that the university is here to support its students. 

The interview is available here, and begins at the 1 hour 35 minute mark.

Dr Paul Reilly & Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised IMPROVER workshop, Paris, 10 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised a workshop with colleagues from Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC) in Paris on 10th January, as part of the Horizon 2020 funded project IMPROVER. Delegates from organisations such as SNCF and VISOV were invited to give their views on the role of social media in disaster response. Thanks to Grigore Havarneanu and the International Union of Railways (UIC) for hosting, and for Laura Petersen and Laure Fallou for their facilitation of the focus group. 


Friday, 20 January 2017

Dr Giuliana Tiripelli appointed Research Associate for CascEff project

Dr Giuliana Tiripelli has joined the Information School as a Research Associate . She  will work with Work Package leader Dr Paul Reilly  on the EU FP7 project 'CascEff.' Giuliana will help develop educational resources for the project and will also be responsible for co-authoring peer-reviewed outputs. We would like to welcome her to the Information School and look forward to working with her over the next seven months.