The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognises outstanding work in the
information field. The nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools
organisation and are judged by a selection committee
drawn from leading international schools. Dr. Birdi’s thesis: ‘We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading
of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries,’ addresses a
current social and political issue involving minority ethnic fiction using three empirical
studies to survey reading habits,” said Dr. Seadle, Award Co-Chair. “The reviewers also agreed that this
dissertation was a serious competitor for the prize and clearly deserved to be the runner
More information about the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees, including
research abstracts, can be found here.
Students and staff at the Information School shared an international celebration of new year, in an event organised under the aegis of the Information School Society. Dr Andrew Cox introduced the event and Syke Xin Zhao and Cindy Fu explained Chinese New Year customs. Piyapat Jarusawat described Songkran in Thailand.
As well as enjoying traditional Chinese nibbles, attendees could participate in a number of activities run by experts from The Confucius Institute :
- Tea ceremony, Miss Yi Yang - Chinese traditional costume, Miss Tingting Cai - GuZheng music performance, Dr. Shu Jiang - Paper cutting, Ms. Li Li
A recent blog post has been published on theLSE International Development blog written by Dr Christopher Foster (The Information School) and Dr Shamel Azmeh (LSE). The post entitled 'New Trade Conflicts and the Race for
Technological Leadership in the Digital Economy' considers how laws, technologies and trading rules shape the Internet. It discusses
the emergence 'digital industrial policy' in middle income countries
and consequently how new trade deals such as the Trans Pacific
Partnership (TPP) are attempting to reshape digital information flows
and digital data. The full
post can be viewed on the
LSE blog here. This post accompanies the release of an LSE working paper "The TPP and the digital trade agenda: Digital industrial policy and
Silicon Valley’s influence on new trade agreements”, by Shamel Azmeh
& Christopher Foster which can be found here.
The Information School has a vacancy for a fixed-term Research Associate, starting on 1st April (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of 22 months.
The successful candidate will work as part of a small team of Sheffied researchers on the European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project ‘IMPROVER: Improved risk evaluation and implementation of resilience concepts to critical infrastructure’. The aim of the study is to explore howinformation shared via social media can help reduce response and recovery times and raise awareness about the risk offuture disasters. The Sheffield team will look specifically at how community representatives and those involved in emergency management can use social media to create early-warning systems that can be activated during such events.
The closing date for applications is 10 March 2016 and further information can be found here.
PhD student Wasim Ahmed will present a paper at the conference, co-authored with Dr Gianluca Demartini and Prof Peter Bath in the Ethical Practicalities Parallel Session A on Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of ethical challenges.
Conference Registration on eventbrite can be found here.
On Thursday 11 February the Information School Society presents: New Year Celebration This year, to
celebrate New Year traditions the Information School Society has chosen a
Chinese theme. It’s the year of the Monkey, but the event is
international. There will be talks about the New Year in the UK, China and
This free event includes seasonal
snacks and drinks to share and the Confucius Institute will be running some interesting activities, including live music and paper cutting.
The event will be held in the iSpace in the Information School at 4:30-5:30pm and you can book your place on Eventbrite here
100 scholarships worth £10,000 are
available for students starting a taught
postgraduate course this year. The scholarships are for students who meet at
least one of a selection of widening participation criteria (targeting groups
under-represented at taught postgraduate level) and/or students who achieve a
first in their undergraduate degree. Further information about the
scholarships, including eligibility information and an outline of the
application/selection process, can be found here.
The deadline for applications is the 22 May 2016.
On Wednesday 17th February Dr Elaine Toms of the Information School who will be discussing Adapting Technology for Effective Knowledge Work: Where does/should the Human Stop and the Machine Start Dr
Tom's research focuses on understanding why information systems fail
users and designing systems for optimum human use. This involves
understanding how people work and use information and how people use
existing systems to accomplish their work, it also includes evaluating
novel tools that facilitate access to and use of information. As
a result her research lies at the intersection of human computer
interaction, information retrieval and the representation and
presentation of information. Elaine’s current research includes
improving search systems to support real-life work tasks (rather than
bags of words), new approaches to evaluating search systems,
understanding serendipity and how systems can deliver on serendipity and
the relationship between human curiosity and brows…
On 4 February 2016 at 4pm, the Sheffield Methods Institute team are running a live Q&A on
reddit around the use of data in the media - and anything else. It will be posted on https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful from 3:30pm for participants to post questions in advance.
Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Jo Bates
were interviewed by University of Sheffield student Jonathan S Pickles
for The National Student. The article 'The far right and false imagery'
article examines on how far-right groups have doctored images of
celebrities to spread fear about refugees in Europe.
On 29 January 206 the Council of the European University Association (EUA) approved the “Roadmap
on Open Access to Research Publications”. The Roadmap aims to assist
universities in the transition to Open Access (OA) and is the first in a
series of initiatives that EUA plans to develop to address
the implications of Open Science for European universities.
The Roadmap has been drafted in close collaboration with EUA’s
Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science, a group of 20 experts from
19 countries designated by their respective national rectors’
conferences (NRCs), including the Information School's Professor Stephen Pinfield.
The Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications focuses primarily on the following areas:
• Fostering structured dialogue among all stakeholders;
• Promoting and supporting the adoption of OA policies, infrastructures and initiatives by European universities;
• Encouraging the development and establishment of advanced scientific recognit…