Senior Research Fellow
Hall, H., Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (in press). Exploring information literacy through the lens of Activity Theory. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Literacy
Activity Theory (AT) is presented as a framework for explaining Information Literacy (IL) as a technologically mediated social practice. This is achieved in the context of a s...
Taylor-Smith, E. & Smith, C. F. (2016). Non-public eParticipation in social media spaces. In SMSociety '16 Proceedings of the 7th 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Societydoi:10.1145/2930971.2930974
This paper focuses on the importance of non-public social media spaces in contemporary democratic participation at the grassroots level, based on case studies of citizen-led, ...
Mowbray, J., Hall, H., Raeside, R., & Robertson, P. (in press). The role of networking and social media tools during job search: an information behaviour perspective
The paper presents a critical analysis of the extant literature pertaining to the networking behaviours of young jobseekers in both offline and online environments. A framewor...
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
The findings of this research will contribute to strategies to improve citizen engagement in the democratic process at community level.
Community Councillors are a vital link between local communities...
University of Aberdeen
Portrait is a software tool developed to help care staff get to know personal and social information about clients that live in residential care facilities. The Portrait system consists of a biography...
Communities and Culture Network + (Hosted by University of Leeds)
A Community of Practice was found supporting the digital engagement practitioners in the neighbouring CCs, and that this is situated within a context of interested non-practitioners who share knowledg...
23 May 2017
Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Lyndsey Jenkins, has been newly appointed to the team of copy-editors (or ‘editorial associates’) for Information Research.
18 May 2017
Professor Hazel Hall was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) by RSE President Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell at a ceremony at the RSE headquarters at Georg...
13 March 2017
Professor Hazel Hall is visiting the University of São Paulo, Brazil in the week beginning 13th March 2017 as a guest of of the Departamento de Engenharia de Produção da Polit...
Lecturer in Business Information Systems
Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (2015). The Communities of Practice model for understanding digital engagement by hyperlocal elected representatives. In M. Janssen, M. A. Wimmer, H. Jochen Scholl, O. Glassey, M. Janssen, B. Klievink, …D. Sá Soares (Eds.), Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, 11-18. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-570-8-11
There has been much research into citizens’ engagement with their representatives. This paper offers an approach to understanding sustained take-up of internet technologies by...
Mowbray, J., Raeside, R., Hall, H. & Robertson, P. (2015). Social networking sites and employment status: an investigation based on Understanding Society data. In IDIMC 2016: Exploring our digital shadow - from data to intelligence, 75-85. ISBN 9781905499526
An analysis is made of secondary data derived from Understanding Society: The UK household longitudinal study (2012) as related to the use of social networking sites (SNSs) am...
Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H. & Lawson, A. (2015). Personal online reputation: the development of an approach to investigate how personal reputation is evaluated and managed in online environments. In IDIMC 2016: Exploring our digital shadow - from data to intelligence, 98-108. ISBN 9781905499526
The main theme of the paper is the development of a framework to investigate how online information is used in the creation, building, and evaluation of personal reputations. ...
Ryan, B. (2015). You can’t say politics on the internet?
I have been interested in how governments use the internet to engage with citizens for a few years now. Of course, I’m very late to this party – e-democracy was ‘invented’ ove...
Rudman, H., Benyon, D. & Hall, H. (2015). A framework for the transformation of the incumbent creative industries in a digital age. In Albino, V., Spender, J. C. & Schiuma, G. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 10th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics, 1391-1403
Purpose - New business models emerged within the creative industries when advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) altered the patterns of cultural consum...
Ryan, B. (2015). Digital Proxies – a potential new research area
What is a digital proxy?
A digital proxy would be someone who undertakes a citizen’s online affairs, principally around digital participatory or elective democracy, because t...
Taylor-Smith, E. (2012). Participation spaces. In Proceedings of Fourth international conference on eParticipation (ePart 2012), 223-230
A wide democratic view of participation and eParticipation informs research centred on citizens’ experiences of participation. Case studies of participation are conceived in t...
Hall, H. (2007). Realising the potential of technology tools: expecting the unexpected. In Turner, C. (Ed.). Proceedings of Online Information 2008, 23-25. ISBN 1900239906
With reference to the domain of sociotechnical studies, this paper establishes reasons why expectations of technology implementations are often misguided. Examples from a numb...
Hall, H. & Abell, A. (2005). Who is managing information? Opportunities in the e-information market place. In Jezzard, H. (Ed.). Proceedings of the 30th International Online Meeting, 39-44
This paper presents a summary of results that derive from research into the emerging information job market. The project was conducted by TFPL between February and June 2006, ...
Smith, E., Macintosh, A. & Whyte, A. (2005). Organised use of e-democracy tools for young people. In Wimmer, M., Scholl, H., Grönlund, Å. & Anderson, K. (Eds.). Electronic Government: Communications of the Fifth International EGOV Conference 2006, 260-267. ISBN 978-3-540-37686-6
This paper concerns use of an online policy debating forum: part of a suite of e-democracy tools for a local youth parliament. These e-democracy tools have been used and devel...
Masters, Z., Macintosh, A. & Smith, E. (2004). Young people and E-democracy: creating a culture of participation. In Electronic Government, 15-22. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-30078-6_3. ISBN 978-3-540-22916-2
Research originally suggested that new technologies, particularly the Internet, provided a useful mechanism for engaging young people - an otherwise largely disenfranchised gr...
Hall, H. (2001). Exploring knowledge sharing in distributed organisations: report on research in progress. In KMSS 2002: the new scope of knowledge management in theory and in practice
Published academic research and reported practice in the professional press indicate that social capital is a driver of knowledge management. This paper reports on progress to...
Scottish Funding Council
Based on a review of their existing information systems and plans, we worked with What's On Scotland to evaluate their information strategy with a focus on social media and other technologies which wo...
Arts & Humanities Research Council
InGSoc (Informing the Good Society: New Directions in Information Policy) is a three-year project, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council standard grant. The project, whose common thread is...
We carried out prototype development support by research to demonstrate the potential of use of social network data on customers, their interests and relationships to provide an enhanced service.
Library & information Science Research Coalition
RiLIES2 was a follow-on project to RiLIES1 (completed in 2011). RiLIES2 was successful in:
(1) clarifying the support and training needs of library and information science (LIS) researcher and r...
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Dr Alistair Duff visited the Lippmann Papers (Walter Lippman’s personal archives and associated materials) at Yale University in autumn 2011.
Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), although not enjoying a cur...
Enhancing the impact of LIS Research Projects.
RiLIES1 investigated the influence of funded research on practice in UK library and information science (LIS). It identified factors that increase or ...
This AHRC-funded project aimed to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. A key goal of the project was to build capacity and capability in the develop...
The broad mission of the LIS Research Coalition was to facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK.
Professor Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Infor...
The EuroPetition project piloted the implementation of a trans-European Local Authority service providing distributed citizen engagement and interaction with the European Parliament’s PETI Petitions C...
HUWY explored ways for the Internet to support young people’s involvement in decision-making and piloted a model of distributed discussions, which could be used by people of various ages, focused on a...
Economic and Social Research Council
This one day event brought people and organisations together from across Scotland. At the workshop, presentations and group activities enabled participants to share knowledge about current and future ...
Social computing tools for collaboration in work environments.
This study set out to establish the main risks and opportunities of the adoption of social computing tools within organizations for colla...
Participation Space Studies explore eParticipation ...
This PhD is concerned with the role of online information in the creati...
07 December 2016
The paper reports some of the findings of Frances Ryan's doctoral research. The full study – due to be completed in spring 2017 – takes into account prior research on the buil...
13 December 2016
Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Iris Buunk has been awarded a John Campbell Trust travel bursary.
Iris will use the bursary to support participation at ...
19 December 2016
On 30th November 2016 Edinburgh Napier University hosted the 2016 Annual Lecture of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). The speaker was Professor S...
05 January 2017
Staff within the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria plan to establish a Centre for Informatics and Society (CIS) as part of the Universit...
04 March 2016
04 March 2016
Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan will run a workshop on digital engagement for community councils in Glasgow this month. This workshop will bring together community council me...
15 August 2016
15 August 2016
Edinburgh Skeptics' Undiluted Brilliance -a series of talks as part of Edinburgh's Free Fringe 2016.
Dr Ella Taylor-Smith talked about Online and Offline Spaces f...
25 May 2016
25 May 2016
Professor Alistair Duff gave a public lecture on privacy, Tuesday 24 May 2016, as part of Edinburgh Napier University's School of Arts and Creative Industries Degree Show Exhi...