Social Media Research: When Epistemic Cultures Collide

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On June 17th the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) published a paper, Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, describing a large-scale experiment on Facebook carried out in 2012. The first…

Ken Benoit: Massive non-expert coding of political texts

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The stand-out presentation at last month’s Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas at the University of Edinburgh was by Professor Ken Benoit of LSE. Professor Benoit describes how crowdsourcing is an effective and efficient alternative to employing…

Management of e-Reputation in Online Work Exchanges

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Recently Dr James Stewart gave a presentation entitled From Crowd to Cloud: the shaping and management of e-reputation in online freelance and crowdsourced work exchanges to Edinburgh University’s Social Informatics Forum. His talk drew on a…

E-punditry & Mr Worrier

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Earlier this month I dropped in on a seminar at Edinburgh Napier University’s department of Informatics presented by Lallands Peat Worrier, a leading blogger on Scots law and politics. The seminar was part of Napier’s Informing…

Cultural Probes

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Last month there was a social informatics seminar by Siobhan Magee on the “Internet of Second-hand Things: Object biographies, consumption pathways and re-valuing goods“, a project based in the University of Edinburgh’s College of Art funded…

Hemmi & Graham: Hacker science versus closed science: building environmental monitoring infrastructure

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Hacker science versus closed science: building environmental monitoring infrastructure, Akiko Hemmi, Ian Graham, Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 17, Iss. 7, 2014 This paper describes how a self-organising constituency of individuals used low-cost components and drew…

Trevor Pinch: Unmasking Amazon.com’s Top Product Reviewers

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When Trevor Pinch, professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell, was a guest in Edinburgh he mentioned his survey with Filip Kesler of Amazon reviewers. The study focuses on how the ranking system influences the…

Online Campaigning:  the Public Sphere and Eschatalogical Abuse

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I was asked last Summer to give a short presentation on my research into the use of social media in the Scottish referendum to the University’s Social Informatics group. The presentation last summer was postponed due…

ISSTI Retreat Videos

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Last summer’s ISSTI retreat was held in the chimpanzee house at Edinburgh Zoo. It gave a range of faculty, research students and invited guests the chance to present their latest ideas to a sympathetic audience. For…

Smart Society

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This morning’s Social Informatics presentation was from Mark Hartswood of Oxford University and our own Stewart Anderson on their latest European research project, which I think is called Smart Society (I am not quite sure because…