Friday, 26 May 2017

Paper co-authored by Paul Reilly, Elisa Serafinelli and colleagues nominated for ISCRAM prize

A paper co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli and their colleagues from EMSC was nominated for a prize at the 2017 ISCRAM (Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) conference.

This work, entitled 'Public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators in crisis communication' and based on results from the EC H2020 IMPROVER project, explores public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators during crisis situations.

Previous research into the role of social media in crisis communication has tended to focus on how sites such as Twitter are used by emergency managers rather than other key stakeholders, such as critical infrastructure (CI) operators. This paper adds to this emergent field by empirically investigating public expectations of information provided by CI operators during crisis situations. It does so by drawing on key themes that emerged from a review of the literature on public expectations of disaster related information shared via social media, and presenting the results of an online questionnaire-based study of disaster-vulnerable communities in France, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Results indicate that members of the public expect CI operators to provide disaster related information via traditional and social media and to respond quickly to their queries on social media. CI operators should avail of the opportunities provided by social media to provide real-time information to disaster affected communities.

Find out more about the conference at its official website.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wasim Ahmed delivers workshop at SITraN to the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom on Communicating Science through Social Media

Wasim Ahmed, a Doctoral Candidate at the Information School, delivered a talk on communicating science through social media in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. Wasim shared his experiences on how he reached readers in over 136 countries and how he received over 250 thousand page hits across a number of channels within the first two years of his PhD.


Wasim noted that the event had an extremely good turnout for a Saturday afternoon, and noted that the atmosphere of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom was very lively and friendly. Wasim would like to thank the organisers and especially Margarita Segovia Roldan and Jacobo Elies Gomez pictured below left and right respectively of Wasim below.



Monday, 22 May 2017

Dr Paul Reilly gives seminar at Faculty of Media & Communication at Bournemouth University

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly is giving an invited research seminar at the Faculty of Media & Communication at Bournemouth University on Wednesday 24th May, 4-5pm. The talk is entitled 'Social media and contentious parades in divided societies: Tweeting the 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes.'

The abstract for Paul's talk is below:

To what extent do social media facilitate debate between Catholics and Protestants about contentious parades and protests in post-conflict Northern Ireland? Do these ‘affective publics’ tend to escalate or de-escalate the tensions caused by these events? This paper addsresses these issues through a qualitative study of how citizens used Twitter in response to contentious Orange Order parades in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast in 2014 and 2015. 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.

Friday, 19 May 2017

MSc Information Management student runner-up for LIRG student prize

CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group awards a student prize each year for an outstanding research-based project on any topic in the general area of library and information science (LIS). Submissions for the prize are typically a postgraduate dissertation or a final year undergraduate project, with each LIS department being allowed to nominate one piece of student work.

The Information School’s nomination for this year’s prize was the MSc dissertation by Lynsey Taylor (nee Shenton), entitled “Perceptions of journal prestige in library and information science: a comparative analysis”.

Her study involved a survey of academics in UK LIS departments to identify the journals that they thought were most valuable for their teaching and research activities. A comparison of the results with those of an analogous survey conducted previously in the USA showed some significant differences between the UK and USA perceptions of value; and an analysis of submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) demonstrated that LIS research in the UK is wide-ranging in scope, and certainly much broader than if the discipline is defined by traditional LIS journals.

Lynsey was runner up for the prize this year. A paper based on Lynsey’s dissertation will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Aslib Journal of Information Management.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2qyUPM5

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

PhD student Wasim Ahmed published on LSE Impact blog: Using Twitter as a datasource an overview of tools (updated for 2017)



Extract taken from the LSE Impact blog:

Following his initial post on this topic in 2015, Wasim Ahmed has updated and expanded his rundown of the tools available to social scientists looking to analyse social media data. A number of new applications have been released in the intervening period, with the increasing complexity of certain research questions also having prompted some tools to increase their data retrieval functionalities. Although platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp have more active users, Twitter’s unique infrastructure and the near-total availability of its data have ensured its popularity among researchers remains high.

You can read the full post here.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dr Andrew Cox presents Bibliometrics findings at UKSG conference

Andrew Cox, working with Lizzie Gadd of the Lis-Bibliometrics Group, gave two workshops on the outcomes of the bibliometrics competency work they have been doing at UKSG conference this year.

The UKSG conference and exhibition is a major annual meeting of librarians, publishers and other intermediaries to consider developments in scholarly communication.


#UKSG17

McKinney reports on #infolit from #lilac17

The iSchool's Pamela McKinney (pictured right) has been giving regular reports on the LILAC conference being held in Swansea, Wales, 10-12 April, both through the iSchool's Twitter account and via the Information Literacy Weblog. She's reporting on the last day of the conference today.

Friday, 7 April 2017

eMentoring

Information School students have the opportunity to take part in the University’s eMentoring scheme which partners students with professionals working in their target field. Through engaging in the scheme and talking with mentors, students gain insights into particular job roles, gain valuable advice about the recruitment process and develop important industry knowledge. Students have two opportunities to register for the scheme, and are matched to a professional volunteer mentor in a relevant job role. All students who applied for the scheme in 2016-17 were successfully matched with a mentor. The student and their mentor meet virtually for 7-10 weeks to discuss technical and professional topics, share experiences of job search and recruitment and discuss applications and CVs.

Students who have taken part in the scheme report that they feel better informed about their career options in their field, have improved confidence and feel better equipped to apply for jobs and attend interviews and have developed important networking skills. 98% of those who took part would recommend the scheme to other students.

In 2016-17 20 Information School students took part in the scheme and were matched with mentors from a huge range of sectors and job roles:

· Learning and teaching librarian (university)

· Strategy consultant (corporate)

· IT architect (Corporate)

· Data coordinator / social analyst (Corporate)

· Head of library services (University)

· Metadata specialist (Public sector)

· Business development manager (corporate)

More information about the eMentoring scheme can be found here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/explore/ementoring

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Information School @ LILAC Conference

Information School lecturer Pam McKinney and PhD student Jess Elmore will be attending the 2017 Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference LILAC in Swansea next week.

LILAC is organised by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, and brings together Information Literacy practitioners and researchers with the aim of improving approaches to IL teaching across the world.

Pam has a long history of presenting at LILAC with colleagues and students and is delighted to be representing the Information School at this year’s conference. Pam and Jess will be available in breaks and lunchtimes for delegates to discuss the on-campus and distance learning Masters programmes, and options for full and part time PhD study with the Information School.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Expert Group Contribution to the World Investment Report 2017 from the Information School

The World Investment Report is the flagship annual report produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This year it will focus on the importance of investment in the digital economy, highlighting that the digital economy is increasingly a crucial aspect of national economies, both in the Global North and South.

Dr Chris Foster (Information School) was part of last week’s Expert Group Meeting in Geneva, which is supporting the production of this report. His contribution was based upon his previous in-depth research on the digital economy in East Africa, as well as his work on policy constraints and drivers for effective digital innovation.

The report, the first to explore the global implications of the digital economy related to foreign investment, will be released in June 2017


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

PhD student Matt Seddon wins CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

Matt Seddon, PhD student in the Chemoinformatics research group, has won the CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, April 2-6. The scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) is designed to reward graduate and postdoctoral students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence.

The award was made for his PhD work which he presented as a long abstract and in poster format:

Global spectral and diffusion geometry descriptors of 3D molecular shape for virtual screening
Authors: Matthew Seddon, David Cosgrove, Martin Packer and Val Gillet


Matt also gave an oral presentation.

Matt Seddon (second from right) and colleagues


Matt's PhD is being funded by a BBSRC Industrial CASE Partnership Studentship in collaboration with AstraZeneca. He is supervised by Professor Val Gillet.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wasim Ahmed – iConference 2017 Highlights

Last week, members of the Information School attended the 2017 iConference in Wuhan, China. One of our PhD students, Wasim Ahmed, gives his highlights below, along with some of his photos from the trip.
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My highlights from my trip included me presenting a poster on my pilot study from my PhD, and which received good interest from delegates, particularly concerning the methodology that was used. A number of very useful connections were made from across the world, and there was a lot of interest in the 2018 edition of the iConference which will take place in Sheffield hosted in collaboration with Northumbria University.

 
I also enjoyed visiting the Yellow Crane Tower, Hubei Provincial Museum, the East Lake, Wuhan, and the Yangtze River. Wuhan is a beautiful city, and the people are very friendly. I read online that the people in Wuhan are unusually nice, and I have to say that this is very true and I felt very welcome in the city.


It was also really good to meet Lee (Dr Xuguang Li) an Information School alumni who is now working as an academic in Wuhan. Lee was a very popular student among the iSchool, and I had heard many great things about him, so it was great to meet him, and we are very grateful that he showed us around Wuhan. I look forward to working with Lee in the future.


I am looking very much forward to the iConference in 2018 and welcoming delegates from across the world to Sheffield. I was born and raised in Sheffield and studied both my undergraduate and masters degrees here. Sheffield is a brilliant city, and I think delegates will really enjoy visiting the city as well as enjoying the conference.

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.