Sunday, 20 April 2014

iSchool CILR virtual event: Talking about our research methods; 23 April

What: Talking about our research methods: three brief presentations about what research approach is being used in a project, and why, with discussion.
When: 23 April 2014 at 12 noon SL time (8pm UK time, see http://tinyurl.com/nd43vb7 for times elsewhere)
Where: Infolit iSchool (the iSchool's SL island), in the virtual world, Second Life (you need a SL avatar and the software on your computer, to participate) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/49/203/23

Talking about our research methods
Sheila Webber (Information School, Sheffield University, Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research; Sheila Yoshikawa inside Second Life (pictured, above), Marshall Dozier (Edinburgh University Library; Pancha Enzyme intside Second Life) and Ridvan Ata (PhD student in Sheffield University's Education School and Information School; Ridvan Atolia inside SL) will each briefly explain what research approach they have, or intend to, use in a research project and why they are using it. We hope for plenty of questions and discussion!
Marshall Dozier will talk about her plans to use constructivist grounded theory in a study of a multidisciplinary group’s research-related information practices.
Ridvan Ata will talk about using a case study approach with ethnographic texture to investigate approaches to teaching in Second Life (doctoral work which he has almost completed)
Sheila Webber will talk about her planned use of autoethnography to explore her experience of Second Life ... and her search for a research question!

A Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Information School Staff to Speak at LILAC 2014 Conference

Dr Barbara Sen and Pamela McKinney of the Information School are among the speakers at LILAC 2014, which takes place at Sheffield Hallam University from 23 to 25 April 2014.    
On Wednesday 23 April Barbara and Pamela will be delivering a workshop entitled ‘Supporting information literacy educators: reflective pedagogic planning improving information literacy practice’, which draws on research in reflective practice which has been carried out at the University of Sheffield.

Barbara will also be speaking in two further sessions at LILAC 2014.  On Thursday 24 April she will presenting on ‘Innovation, creativity and change: utilising appreciative enquiry and reflective practice to achieve asset based information literacy’ in collaboration with Vicky Grant and Denise Harrison of the University of Sheffield Library; and on Friday 25 April she will speak with Hannah Spring of York St John University on ‘Supporting young people’s health information needs’.

LILAC attracts delegates from across the UK and overseas and is a key annual event in the information literacy profession. 

The Information School looks forward to seeing a number of alumni at the event, and also current MSc Digital Library Management student Penny Andrews who will be attending the event as a winner of the LILAC 2014 student awards.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Call for Papers for CLEF 2014

Submissions are invited for CLEF 2014: Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum, Information Access Evaluation meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Visualization which takes place in Sheffield from 15 to 18 September 2014. 

Papers are welcomed on all aspects of Information Access in any modality and language. This is the 15th year of the CLEF initiative as a forum for Information Access Evaluation, with special attention to multimodality and multilinguality.

All submissions to the CLEF main conference will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance, and clarity. CLEF welcomes papers that describe rigorous hypothesis testing regardless
of whether the results are positive or negative. Methods are expected to be written so that they are reproducible by others, and the logic of the research design is clearly described in the paper. The
conference proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Authors are invited to submit electronically original papers, which have not been published and are not under consideration elsewhere, using the LNCS proceedings format.

Two types of papers are solicited:
  • Long papers: 12 pages max. Aimed to report complete research works.
  • Short papers: 6 pages max. Position papers, new evaluation proposals, developments and applications.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee. Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and
technical quality. Papers should be submitted in PDF format here.

Key dates:

  • Submission of Papers:                 April 28 2014
  • Notification of Acceptance:           June 15 2014
  • Camera Ready:                         June 30 2014
  • Conference:                           September 15-18 2014

Further information is available on the CLEF 2014 website.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Call for Papers – Workshop on Gathering Efficient Assessments of Relevance

Papers are invited for submission ahead of the workshop on Gathering Efficient Assessments of Relevance (GEAR) at SIGIR 2014, 11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia.

The workshop will revisit how relevance assessments can be efficiently created.  A discussion and exploration of this issue will be facilitated through the presentation of results based and position papers on the topic.  Participants will also be invited to participate in a design task focusing on developing a benchmarking exercise.  

An aim of the workshop will be to provide a forum where short research papers can be presented, reporting work which may not conventionally be published in papers at formal venues, including ‘practice and experience’ papers concerning relevance assessment gathering, and position papers
concerning the concepts and issues.  Papers reporting negative results are also welcome.

Two types of paper are solicited:

  •          Short papers: 4 pages max, which present research work related to the workshop's areas of interest
  •          Position papers: 2 pages max, which present provocative ideas and challenges related to workshop's areas of interest.


Important dates: 
  • Submission deadline: April 28th, 2014
  • Notification date: May 9th, 2014
  • Camera-ready due: May 16th, 2014
  • Workshop date: July 11th, 2014

Note: all deadlines are on the date specified at midnight in the UTC-12 time zone.

Submissions should be in ACM SIG proceedings format and should be submitted through the EasyChair system.

Further information is available on the workshop website.

The workshop organisers are Dr Robert Villa and Dr Paul Clough of the Information School, University of Sheffield and Dr Martin Halvey of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University.  

Monday, 14 April 2014

36th European Conference on Information Retrieval

Dr Paul Clough of the Information School is attending the 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval in Amsterdam, between 13 and 16 April 2014.

At the conference, he will be presenting a short paper entitled: “A Comparison of Approaches for Measuring Cross-Lingual Similarity of Wikipedia Articles”.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Launch of the Digital Society Network

This week saw the launch of the Digital Society Network.

This new initiative has been set up by the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Social Sciences to support the development of collaborative bids in the area of digital society.


A number of Information School staff attended the launch event and presented research.  The Information School is also represented on the Steering Committee of the network.  More information can be found on the DigitalSociety Network’s web pages.  

Friday, 11 April 2014

Funding Success for Cox

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Cox who has secured funding for the following project.

Wicked Ways with Research Data Management

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has funded this small project to create a community of practice around the exploration of Research Data Management (RDM) as a "wicked problem", i.e. the kind of complex issue that is interpreted differently by different actors.

Many issues in UK universities have all the hallmarks of being “wicked problems”: complex, hard to solve issues that stakeholders perceive in very different ways.   A new wicked problem for universities that has emerged in the last few years is what to do about RDM.

The aim of the Wicked Ways’ project is to bring together a network of those involved in tackling the wicked RDM problem in different institutions and through an iterative, reflective and participative process construct an open educational resource about leadership in wicked problem contexts.  This resource will be freely available to the wider UK HEI community and will help promote the understanding of the wicked problem concept.  The process will also help to create a supportive community of practice for participants.

The collaborators who will be involved in in creating this learning resource are drawn from the various stakeholders in RDM: researchers, research administrators, IT professionals, librarians and record managers.  Facilitation will be managed by the Information School.  Collaborators will be drawn largely but not exclusively from the White Rose Consortium partners, the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  As people currently engaged in addressing this wicked problem space, they will have immediate experiences to reflect on and opportunities to try out ideas in practice. 


Bates Guests as International Expert on Open Data Practices

On 10 April 2014 Dr Jo Bates appeared by video conference before the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates as an invited international expert to present and answer questions for their study on Open Data practices.

She was joined by three other panellists: Richard Stirling, International Director of the UK's Open Data Institute; Barbara Ubaldi, an expert from the OECD; and Lyne Da Sylva, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Université de Montréal.

Jo presented on how Canada's Open Government Data initiative compares to other countries, and discussed the types of value that could be generated from opening up government data. 

During the questions session of the conference issues which were discussed included the relationship between open data, democracy and social inclusion; the economic value of Open Government Data and some of the risks around some types of commercial re-use; where the drivers for opening government data do and should come from; how open government data might impact upon the behaviour of public bodies in their data collection practices; privacy issues around the opening of public data; and, the benefits of Open Government Data for developing economies.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Information School Research Accessible via White Rose Research Online

Research published by staff and students from the Information School can be accessed for free via the University’s open access repository, White Rose Research Online.

HEFCE have just published a ‘Policy for Open Access in the Post-2014 Research Excellence Framework’ which calls for all research outputs to be made publically available through a repository. 

The Information School has been committed to the principal of open access for some years, and in December 2013 almost 15% of the University’s content in White Rose Research Online was provided by the Information School. 

At present, an ongoing project within the School is working to further expand the volume of research content which is available online through open access.  This has already dramatically increased the volume of the School’s research which is available online.

Some recent additions of new publications include:


The White Rose repository (shared with the Universities of Leeds and York) aims to make Sheffield University’s research more accessible, by giving other researchers and the public free access to published research results.  In addition to making research from the Information School easier to find, the White Rose repository will provide a home for this research in the long term.


To find out more and to access research from the Information School, visit White Rose Research Online.