Monday, 23 May 2016

Job opportunity: join the Information School as a Senior Lecturer/Reader in Information Systems

The Information School is looking to appoint a new Senior Lecturer/Reader. To be eligible for this role, you will have demonstrable research expertise that will complement and strengthen our existing research profile in information systems within organisational contexts. We especially welcome applicants with expertise in socio-technical aspects of information systems including: sustainability and information systems; the implementation and use of smart technologies in contexts such as healthcare and smarts cities; Internet of Things (IoT) applications; distributed information systems; corporate cloud computing and cyber security.
You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field, a well-established research profile, proven teaching ability, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, and will make a key contribution to advancing the School’s competitive position.
We welcome applications from ambitious, highly motivated and talented individuals with research expertise that will complement and strengthen our existing research profile, and who will be keen to play an active role in enhancing the School’s national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence and innovation.
The Information School at the University of Sheffield is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, consistently ranked number one in every national Research Assessment Exercise and achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.
To find out more and for information on how to apply, see the posting on

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Join iSchool Researchers for a Pint (of Science)

Information School staff Paula Goodale and Paul Clough are participating in the nationwide Pint of Science public engagement event next week. Pint of Science aims to bring the latest research to members of the public in an accessible format and friendly venue. A celebration of academic research, Pint of Science began in 2012 and has since grown to include universities across the UK, including Sheffield for the first time in 2016. Each event includes 2-3 talks, with plenty of time for Q&A with the researchers. Come along and find out what our iSchool researchers have been up to, and enjoy a pint, and some science.

Paula will be talking about the Secret Life of a Weather Datum, as part of the ‘Earth, Wind and Sun: The Power of Weather’ event on Tuesday May 24th at the Doctor’s Orders pub, 412 Glossop Road. Building on work done as part of a research project by the same name, Paula will explain how weather data collected right here in Sheffield contributes to global climate science. She will also tell you how you can get involved through citizen science initiatives, including how to set up your own Raspberry Pi weather station, or how you can help to rescue long lost data from archives.

Paul’s talk on What’s Behind the Little White Search Box is part of the ‘Accessing the World’s Information’ event on Wednesday 25th May at Roco, 338 Glossop Road. Paul will explain what happens when you use a search engine, and how it decides what to put in your search results, uncovering the secrets of web science. So if you were wondering how Google works, or how it seems to know what you want before you’ve even typed it, this is the talk for you.

Monday, 9 May 2016

The First Data Science Forum Meeting

The first Data Science Forum Meeting took place on 4 May 2016 and was opened by Dr Gianluca Demartini and Professor Paul Clough. The event also included a talk from Christopher Hopkinson, Virgin Media.

Professor Paul Clough
 The forum is aimed at data professionals located within the city of Sheffield and surrounding areas to provide:
  • Opportunities for networking between industry/business practitioners, academics and students
  • Sharing of knowledge and experiences in topics of interest around data science and data analytics
  • Informal and friendly environment to chat and get to know others working in the same or similar fields 
The next meeting will be hosted by Sheffield Hallam University on 20 July 2016.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Dr Igor Bernik, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia to visit the Information School

Dr Igor Bernik is Associate Professor of Information Sciences, and Head of the Information Security Department at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia. His research fields are information systems, information security, and the growing requirement for information security awareness.

Dr Bernik is visiting the Information School from 9 to 20 May 2016 and during his visit will deliver the following seminars and workshops:

Cybersecurity in a changing workplace environment
12th May 12-1pm, RC-204
Experts emphasise that cybersecurity is an important issue in the modern world as cybercrime is increasingly targeting individual users and, through them, also threatening the economic sphere and organisational environments, which possess large amounts of valuable data. In this seminar, we outline a practice-based understanding of contemporary cybersecurity problems from the perspective of individuals and organisations. Cybersecurity will be presented as a much broader concept than just technology as it involves individuals’ behaviour in cyberspace. In particular, in the context of contemporary work habits, where a permanent link to cyberspace is necessary, situations of abuse are "allowed" due to ignorance or indifference of individuals who use computers connected to the Internet, for they mostly deal with information resources unconscientiously. The seminar will go through the main trends in cyber space such us infrastructure revolution, data explosion, an always–on, always-connected world, future finance, new identity and trust models and will discuss their impact on cybersecurity.

Doctoral Workshop on information security behaviour research methodologies
17th May 3-4pm, RC-231
The perception and awareness of cyber threats, the fear of entering and using cyberspace, as well as the confidence and trust in cybersecurity solutions depend on individual users. However, a review of recent studies in the field of cybercrime reveals a lack of literature addressing these issues, which are fundamental for the development of guidelines on the safe use of cyberspace. Fear of crime, in particular, is one of the most researched issues in criminology, and holds great potential if extended to the field of cybercrime. In this workshop, we will discuss information security behaviour research, with an emphasis on the issues of cybercrime fear, and trust in cyber security solutions.

18th May 3-4pm, RC-204

Politically, economically or ideologically motivated cybercrime – cyberwarfare - is one of the most burning issues of contemporary society, which still often underestimates this phenomenon. Broader social motivation, which is realised with the help of ICT, is beyond individual interests and violates social norms, but is in most cases legal, undetectable, and in some cultural contexts even legitimate. ICT have exacerbated this situation even more, because their development enabled a mix of different types of crimes carried out by using the same techniques in a single cyberspace. Due to the scale of the problems associated with cyberwarfare, we will strive to present its nature and provide possible responses to it. The disarray of the legal bases emphasises the problem of detection and investigation of cybercrime and cyberwarfare related to global political, military, and economic interests. On the basis of experience, state authorities and responsible persons of various organisations can learn how to respond properly or omit a response in crisis situations.

The seminars and workshops are free to attend and there is no need to register.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Information School student Penny Andrews published in WRRO

An article entitled ‘Using Design Thinking to engage autistic students in participatory design of an online toolkit to help with transition into higher education' has been co-authored by Information School student Penny Andrews was recently published in White Rose Research Online.



Purpose of this paper: The paper reflects on engaging young autistic people in the participatory design of the Autism&Uni online toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide autistic students with information and strategies for dealing with the challenges they may encounter when entering higher education. The study adds to existing research on participatory design by considering the specific needs and contributions of autistic people who are of average or higher intelligence, academically competent and generally articulate, a group that has received limited attention hitherto. Design/methodology/approach: The research used a 5-step Design Thinking approach and engaged multiple stakeholders at different points. The paper covers the whole process, paying particular attention to the final two steps of prototyping and testing. During three participatory design workshops, autistic people acted as codesigners and co-creators. Findings: The workshops were effective in engaging participants in various design activities and rich discussions. Several assumptions about capabilities and preferences of autistic people were challenged. Design Thinking proved a suitable framework for involving this group in the creation of solutions that serve their needs. Research limitations/implications: Because of the low number of workshop participants (11), research results may lack generalisability. Also, the workshop format with its focus on group activities may discourage some autistic people to take part. Further work is needed to explore this and to confirm the reported findings. Practical implications: The paper offers practical advice regarding how to involve autistic people in co-design activities. Social implications: The research contributes to a strength-based view of autism, rather than one that focuses on deficits. Originality/value: The paper provides new perspectives on the strengths of autistic people in participatory design settings, with a focus on those autistic people who are of average or higher intelligence and able to communicate effectively.

Job Opportunities at Technology Company 中天博日

There are currently job opportunities at technology company 中天博日, based in Shenzhen, Guangdong.

Further information can be found on the following link:中天博日&sm=0&p=1

Information School Seminar - Building the architecture for research data services

Building the architecture for research data services 

Jez Cope, Research Data Manager and Andy Bussey, Head of Digital Services and Systems,   Sheffield University Library

Thursday May 5th, 12 noon (coffee from 11:30am), Room 204 in Information School, Regent Court

The role of the library in academic research institutions is rapidly evolving to keep pace with technological, societal and cultural developments and requirements. One area where this is keenly felt is in the provision of support for the curation and preservation of research data. Here at the University of Sheffield we have recently procured two systems from external providers to support related areas of digital curation. Ex Libris Rosetta enables us to provide a secure, actively managed environment to preserve and curate our data over the very long term. Figshare for Institutions acts as both a catalogue and public-facing repository for datasets created by our researchers. In this session we will describe the drivers that led to the choosing of these systems, lessons learned during their respective implementations and our plans for future development including exploiting the synergies that exist between them and other library systems to offer a cohesive curation and preservation support service. We  hope this practice-led seminar will provide opportunities for participants to highlight their own needs and raise issues and questions in relation to this area.

Congratulations to Syeda Hina Shahid

Congratulations to Syeda Hina Shahid who recently passed her PhD viva subject to minor amendments.
From left: Syeda's supervisor Sheila Webber, Prof Dorothy Williiams, Syeda Hina Shahid and Prof Nigel Ford

Syeda's thesis title is 'Exploring Information Literacy (IL) Practices in Primary Schools: A case of Pakistan'.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

PhD Student Wasim Ahmed Presents Guest Lecture

Stephen Thompson, Head of Digital Engagement, along with members of the Digital Engagement team at the University of Sheffield recently attended a guest lecture ran by PhD student Wasim Ahmed. The lecture, titled social media for marketing an overview of specialist software, was presented to students on the Business and E-commerce module which is led by Dr Angela Lin, with Andrew Madden and Dr Christopher Foster. 
The lecture was very well received and Wasim Ahmed recently completed consultancy work for the digital team in order to inform the wider social media strategy of the University of Sheffield.

Dr Elisa Serafinelli joins the Information School

Dr Elisa Serafinelli has joined the Information School as a Research Associate . She specialises in mobile visualities and the social communication of photography, and will work with Work Package leader Dr Paul Reilly and part-time Research Assistant Rebecca Stevenson on the EU Horizon 2020 project 'IMPROVER.' Elisa will have primary responsibility for the Sheffield team's study of how social media can be used to build resilience in disaster-affected communities. We would like to welcome her to the Information School and look forward to working with her on this project