Monday, 20 November 2017

Dr Paul Reilly's CascEff research reported cited by UK Parliament POSTnote

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly's CascEff research report on the role of social and traditional media in crisis communication has been cited in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology POSTnote 564: Communicating Risk.



Dr Reilly was also one of several UK academics to be an invited reviewer of this publication. It can be downloaded here.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Online Information Review Special Calls for Papers

Online Information Review, the international, ISI listed journal edited by Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, Robert Jäschke and Angela Lin from the Information School has just announced three Calls For Papers for Special issues on:

Social Media Mining for Journalism
http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=7570


Lifelogging Behaviour and Practice
http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7544

Open-access mega-journals: Continuity and innovation in scholarly communication
http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7545

Dr Jo Bates joins editorial board of Big Data and Society

Information School Lecturer Dr Jo Bates has been invited to join the editorial board of Big Data and Society, the leading journal in the field of data studies.


BD&S is published by SAGE and Dr Bates' term on the board is three years in duration. You can access the journal here.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Information School Research Magazine Launch - 'Inform'

My name is Wasim Ahmed, and I am a doctoral student at the Information School. I recently attended the launch of the Information School research magazine Inform. This blog post highlights my key take-homes from the launch of the research magazine.



Information is all around us and due to technological developments information is more readily available at speed. Our research at the Information School focuses on understanding the power of information and how it affects people, organisations, and society.

The new research magazine Inform provides a cross-section of the research within the school, stories about our research, impact, recent successes, facts and figures, research culture and environment, and provides an overview of staff and students within the school.



The event highlighted the international reputation of the department for world-class research. It was wonderful to see the range of multi-disciplinary areas of research which the school undertakes.

The event also recognised the achievements of Professor Emeritus Tom Wilson whom was awarded the ASIS&T award of merit, and Sheila Webber whom was awarded Honorary Fellowship of CILIP.
The research at the department ranges from computer-aided drug discovery, analysing social media, multi-lingual text and image retrieval, information behaviour and literacy, reader development, and scholarly communication.



The school also collaborates both within and outside of the University with disciplines such as: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Geography, Health, Sociological Studies, and Journalism. The department also collaborates with industry, charities, public sector organisations, as well as other organisations.

As a doctoral student I was really pleased to see a number of mentions and references to the important role we play within the Information School.

During my studies I have delivered over 35 talks to organisations such as CERN (the European Centre for Nuclear Research), the BSA (British Sociological Association), and NatCen Social Research. I have delivered keynote talks at Boston University College of Communication as well to the Polytechnic of Šibenik. I have also worked with external organisations such as Manchester United FC.

The research culture is such that in the Information School it has acted as a springboard for developing a profile as a researcher.




Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Information School staff and student contribute to new CILIP publication

The library and information association, CILIP, have recently launched a new publication for members of their organisation, entitled 'Information Professional'. Information School lecturers Dr Jo Bates and Paula Goodale and PhD student Penny Andrews are featured in the publication in an article about their research project 'The Secret Life of a Weather Datum'.

The project aimed to pilot a new approach for better understanding and communicating how values and practice influence the transformation of weather data on its journey from production through various contexts of big data reuse.

You can read the article here.

Dr Paul Reilly ESRC Festival event

Last week, Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, along with Dr Tina McGuiness from the Management School, ran an event for local schools entitled 'Could social media help you during a disaster?', as part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science. The description of the event was:

Can social media help build disaster resilience in Sheffield? What role, if any, should social media users, and young people in particular, play in efforts to mitigate the effects of these incidents in their communities and help keep themselves and others safe? Recent research has suggested that social media can help emergency services during human made and natural disasters through the ‘push and pull’ of crisis information. The eyewitness perspectives shared by citizens on social media can help first responders build situational awareness and identify those areas most in need of assistance. At the same time, platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can provide emotional and material support to those affected by such incidents. For instance, during the floods in the South-West of England (December 2013-February 2014), citizen-led social media campaigns such as #forageaid helped provide support for affected communities. The latter would also lead a campaign calling on the UK government to dredge local rivers in order to avoid a repeat of these flood events. Twitter hashtags such as #roomformanchester and #wearenotafraid would also be used to provide shelter and express support for those affected by the most recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.



The guest speakers at the event were:

Dr Tina McGuinness, University of Sheffield

Alex Mills, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Heather Cottrill & Derek Bell, UK Environment Agency

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dr Paul Reilly appointed Associate Editor, Palgrave Communications

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly has been appointed Associate Editor for Palgrave Communications, a fully open-access, online journal publishing peer-reviewed academic research across the full spectrum of the humanities and social science. Dr Reilly will be working with colleagues within the Editorial Boards for Communication, Film, Culture & Media, and Political Science and International Relations.

Congratulations to Dr Reilly for this new appointment!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Elisa Serafinelli presented AESOP guidelines at ECREA 2017



Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Elisa Serafinelli presented the AESOP guidelines at the 5th International Crisis Communication Conference that took place in Lisbon, Portugal between 19-21 October, 2017. The list guidelines for effective crisis communication has been developed within the Horizon 2020 funded EU project IMPROVER.


The paper discussed how critical infrastructure resilience can be enhanced through the communication practices of critical infrastructure operators. In its conclusion,the paper proposed a set of guidelines (AESOP) for critical infrastructure operators to implement in order to increase critical infrastructure resilience through the use of both traditional and digital media.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

JOB POST: Dr Paul Reilly seeks Full-Time Research Associate for IMPROVER project

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly is currently looking for a full-time Research Associate (fixed term for 22 months, to start as soon as possible with provisional end date of 30 May 2018, and probable extension to 31 August 2018) for the EC Horizon 2020 project IMPROVER: Improved risk evaluation and implementation of resilience concepts to critical infrastructure.’ The closing date for applications is 22 November 2017 and further details on the role can be found here

If you have any questions about the role please contact Paul at: P.J.Reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Doctoral Candidate Wasim Ahmed visits Harvard University to meet Information School Alumni

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently visited Harvard University to meet Information School Alumnus Ann Hall who is the Director of Communication at The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

Ann studied at the Information School from 1990 to 1991 graduating with an MSc in Information Studies, where she was a student with our current Head of School, Professor Peter Bath.

Wasim noted that it was a great opportunity to look around the iconic Harvard Campus with a dinner at the famous Grendel’s Den at Harvard Square, and was very grateful for the visit.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Doctoral Candidate Wasim Ahmed delivers keynote talk at Social Media Conference at Boston University College of Communication (USA)

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed delivered a keynote talk on social media research methods and software at Boston University College of Communication. The event, Making Social Media Data Matter, was run by Professor Jacob Groshek and included talks from world renowned experts who work between the intersection of media and academia.


The event was very well attended from across academia, industry, and government and included members from organisations such as the United Nations. Wasim thanked his family for continued support and noted that the event was at the forefront of academic research methods and social media research tools. Wasim is supervised by Profesor Peter Bath, Dr Laura Sbaffi, and Dr Gianluica Demartini. Wasim is a doctoral student in the Health Informatics Research group

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Information School Society Launch Event

To celebrate the launch of the iSchool Society, a coffee afternoon was held on the 6th of October in the iSpace. This is the first official Information School society registered with the Students Union. Postgraduate taught and research students had the opportunity to vote for future events and to sign up for membership. One of the key aims is to bring together postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students in take part in inclusive social events.


The committee is formed of four postgraduate research students as followed: Marc Bonne (President), Liliana Garcia (Secretary), Wasim Ahmed (Publicity and Inclusion Officer), and Itzelle Medina (Treasurer). The Information School Society has a Facebook page where you can keep up to dates with events, and a Twitter account which will contain information on any event cancellations or alterations. Membership can be purchased from the website of the society.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

What do professionals supporting bibliometrics need to know?

The first in-depth study of bibliometrics work has identified the key things that professionals need to know to work at different levels of specialism in this area.

It is hoped this will help define training needs and improve recruitment.

View the published research.

View the latest version of the competency model.

The work was by Andrew Cox and Laura Sbaffi, with colleague Sabrina Petersohn, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany and Lizzie Gadd, from Loughborough University. It was commissioned by the lis-Bibliometrics group and funded by Elsevier Research International.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Information School Contribution to Information Economy Report


Last week saw the release of the UNCTAD Information Economy Report for 2017. This is a flagship report that is distributed amongst policy makers globally and often sets the agenda for policy around ICT and digital in developing countries. This years' focus is on ‘Digitalization, Trade and Development’. 

                     

Information School lecturer Christopher Foster has been closely involved in this years report, contributing to chapters which explore the practical and policy implications of digitalisation in small firms. This work, which draws on his research examines the current state of digitalisation within small exporting firms and some of the potential gains and challenges related to digital exclusion, platforms and automation. His background paper on the topic "Digitalisation and Trade: What Hope for Lower Income Countries?" is now available.

The wider Information Economy Report provides an extensive outline of the latest thinking on digitalisation including exploring topics such as future automation technologies, online work and a consideration of what jobs and skills are important in this changing economy.