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PhD student article among most popular post in LSE Impact Blog’s 2015 Year-In-Review

Between January and December 2015 the LSE Impact blog received over 1 million unique page hits and has released its most popular posts this year. Among the top 5 most viewed articles this year is a post by PhD student Wasim Ahmed, from the Information School. The post proved to be very popular among the social media research community, and has strengthened relationships between the Information School and industry providers of social media data.With over a million page views this year and over 28 thousand followers on Twitter, Wasim noted that the LSE impact blog is a fantastic place to disseminate research.

PhD student Alexandra Boutopoulou interviewed about social media on ITV News Calendar

ITV News Calendar has recently reached a milestone of 100,000 likes on their Facebook page, an occasion that offered a good opportunity to discuss a bit more about the popularity and influence of social media.

In the UK, more than seven in ten (72%) Internet users have a social media profile and 81% of them use it at least once a day. Indeed, the numbers reflect the fact that the popularity of social media is now well established. But there are wider issues that are increasingly getting more attention and worth exploring in further detail here. Below I outline four key issues:

1. Data privacy and ethics issues concern users more than ever before
Users’ concerns about data privacy, the control they have over personal information, how this information is used by third parties or how social media data is collected and used for research purposes has become a significant issue. It is true that the very nature of social media encourages sharing of information and network building. Often enoug…

Gianluca Demartini published in the The Conversation

Dr Gianluca Demartini, Senior Lecturer in Data Science at the Information School has been published in The Conversation. Gianluca's articleentitled'Clinton-Sanders data breach spat goes to the heart of modern campaigning'highlights the significance of data management in US electoral campaigning. How voter data is utilised to better understand the electorate and help campaigners craft their speeches as well as facilitating more targeted advertising and seeking prospective donors is explained. In addition, Gianluca highlights potential problems in using big data but explains how the use of this data may benefit the voter.

Information School Staff and Students Raise Money for Sheffield Food Bank

On 18 December 2015 the Information School held the 'Christmas: A beginner's guide' event to learn about the traditions of Christmas from around the world.


Staff and students discovered the Christmas traditions of Mexico, Italy, Cyprus and the UK. As well as sampling traditional Christmas foods, staff and students raised over £49.00 for Sheffield Food Banks. Many thanks to all who attended the event and made a donation.

iSchool PhD student helps deliver workshop at the Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference (#SocMedHE15)

On 17 December 2015 Kandy Woodfield (Head of Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy), Curtis Jessop (Senior Researcher at NatCen Social Research), and Wasim Ahmed (PhD Researcher at the Information School) delivered a successful workshop on sustaining and growing a community of practice at the Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference at Sheffield Hallam University.
The workshop was based on the New Social Media New Social Science (NSMNSS) network which has over 4,000 lively followers across the world. A live blog and the workshop slides can be found here.

Places still available for the Information School Society's Event - Christmas: A beginner's Guide

There are still places available for the Information School Societys forthcoming event:
Christmas: A beginner’s guide Are you curious about the traditions of Christmas in the UK and around the world? What is the significance of Christmas? What are the key tastes and sounds of Christmas?
This event brings together iSchool students and staff to discover more about the Christmas experience and celebrate the holiday season.
Samples of seasonal refreshments will be provided!
The event will be held on Friday, 18th December 2015 in the iSpace, Information School at 12:30 – 13.30 and we will be asking for a small donation for entry with the proceeds going to buy food for a Sheffield food bank.
Book your place here

The Information School Society presents Christmas: A beginner's Guide

On Friday 18 December the Information School Society presents Christmas: A beginner’s guide Are you curious about the traditions of Christmas in the UK and around the world? What is the significance of Christmas? What are the key tastes and sounds of Christmas?
This event brings together iSchool students and staff to discover more about the Christmas experience and celebrate the holiday season.
Samples of seasonal refreshments will be provided!
This event will be held in the iSpace in Information School at 12:30 – 13.30 and we will be asking for a small donation for entry with the proceeds going to buy food for a Sheffield food bank.
Book your place here

Congratulations to the Izzy Savage who has been shortlisted for the Best Student Placement Award

Congratulations to Izzy Savage, BSc Informatics with Employment Experience, who has been shortlisted for Best Student Placement Award in the 2016 National Undergraduate Employability Student Awards following a placement year as Technical Specialist at IBM in 2014/15. This is a fantastic achievement.

"This Award celebrates the amazing contribution that students make to businesses across the UK and abroad. Our finalists have made a genuine, measurable impact to their business whilst on placement."

Izzy was involved in a number of technical and client facing projects at IBM including: Demonstrating the capability of IBM’s Analytical tools to several clients including a leading UK supermarketSuccessfully developing and demonstrating ‘art of the possible’ applications to allow clients to easily understand how IBM can solve some of their industry pain pointsCreating an asset for client executives within the Banking and Insurance industry that aids in creating new discussions with cl…

Pamela McKinney explores student conceptions of group work in drawing the group

Article on climate change co-authored by Dimitrinka Atanasova published in Public Understanding of Science

An article co-authored by Dr Dimitrinka Atanasova, Information School and Dr Giuseppe Veltri, University of Leicester, has been published in Public Understanding of Science. Their article ‘Climate change onTwitter: Content, media ecology and information sharing behaviour’ studied the content, use of sources and information sharing in over 60,000 tweets using automatic thematic analysis, semantic network analysis and text classification.  Findings about a major role still being played by traditional media come amid increasing media coverage of the United Nations climate conference COP21 taking place in Paris from 30 November until 11 December 2015.

A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing: Online Health Forums

Professor PeterBath and Melanie Lovatt from the Information School with Dr Julie Ellis have co-created A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing: Online Health Forums & Digital Exclusion blog in partnership with the Tinder Foundation.

The blog was created following a round-table event held on 10 November 2015 between Peter, Melanie and Julie and the Tinder Foundation to discuss research findings from their collaborative A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing project.

The ongoing study investigates how and why people choose to use online forums to find and share information that helps them deal with difficult circumstances, including long-term health conditions. The event was designed to find out how Tinder Foundation and its local and national partners could promote the use of online health forums among digitally excluded people.


The blog can also be accessed from the Tinder Foundation website.

Article by Professor Paul Clough published in India's Deccan Herald newspaper

An article by Professor Paul Clough of the Information School has been published in today's edition of India's Deccan Herald newspaper.

Paul's article 'Data Scientists are need of the hour' explains the growing field of Data Science and the organisational need for people who have the skills to manage, analyse, interpret and communicate data, in order to extract insight and value.

PhD Research - Scholarship Applications Open

The Information School is the leading department of it's kind in the UK, with an international reputation.  We have consistently received the highest rating for our research in the regular Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) undertaken by the UK Higher Education Funding Council. 

We have a vibrant research culture with regular seminars by staff, students and distinguished guests from around the world. There are currently over 70 students from all over the world carrying out research degrees with the Information School.

Find our more about the University'sUniversity and Doctoral Academy Scholarships for 2016 and how to apply to the Information School.

Research by Dr Briony Birdi reported in the Sheffield Star

Research by Dr Anna Bartonand DrBriony Birdi exploring the city’s public library services has been reported in the Sheffield Star.  Postcards asking one question, ‘What does your library mean to you?', were distributed to libraries across the city as part of the project between researchers at The University of Sheffield, the Our Favourite Places guide to Sheffield and the city’s library users.

Further information on the project website can be found here.

Dr Jorge Martins co-chairs mini-track at the Americas Conference on Information Systems

Dr Jorge Martins at the Information School is currently serving as a co-chair of a mini-track on 'Usage of Simulations, Educational Games and Gamification in Education' at the Americas Conference on Information Systems, which will take place in San Diego, 13-16 August 2016. The mini-track is part of the track 'IS in Education, IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIGED)'.

Simulations and games have existed even before the introduction of computers. However, the potentials and drawbacks of using them in education are still not fully understood. The research performed in the field is also complex, the complexities being related to simulations/game/gamification activity design or the complex social and cultural context in which they are used. The purpose of this mini track is to advance research, and to provide a forum that will allow a deeper understanding and knowledge sharing about the relevant issues, opportunities and solutions pertaining to the the usage of …

Staff Changes at School

There have been several changes to staffing within the School during 2015.

Firstly, we are delighted to welcome the following new staff.

Dr Christopher Foster has joined as Lecturer in ICT and Innovation. Chris was previously a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and his work focuses on the impact of digital technologies and information flows on innovation within organisations. With a background in engineering, IT innovation and R&D, Chris will mainly be contributing to teaching on the Information Systems and Information Management degrees.

Dr Paul Reilly is Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society and joins us from his previous posiiton as Deputy Director of Research, Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Paul has a particular interests in the study of online political communication and how social media is used to promote better community relations in divided societies, and he is the author of Framing the T…