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WST 2014 Webinar Series – Web Observatories with Prof Dave de Roure

Please join us for the next in our series of Web Science Webinars for 2014. We are delighted to welcome Prof. Dave de Roure from the OeRC talk about Web Observatories, eResearch and the importance of collaboration/curation. Date:   Thursday, March 20, 2014 Time:   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Continue reading →

Week 5: Personal data and the digital economy

One of the topics we'll be covering in this digital economy week is the emerging personal data economy, where individuals are taking control of their own personal data. My research has explored this theme, looking at how individuals can understand, control and benefit from their data through the lenses of business law and technology. Marketing Week has just released a timely article on the opportunities and threats that arise from these developments. Continue reading →

Using social media in your job search

I'll tweet you my job spec if you snap me your CV...a guest post by Nik Nyman @ Neil’s Recruitment Really? Not really, but in theory it could work. A ten second snap is more or less the same amount of time a recruiter has with your CV anyway. Back to that later. In a meeting about mobile marketing at one of the major media agencies in London last week the concept of "dead time" came up, and we realised that these days our perception of dead time has changed. Continue reading →

Digital Literacy and #FLWebSci : Some Reflections

As we are now in the final hours of week 5, I thought it might be a good idea to pull together a few thoughts on what I have learned from the experience so far, and its implications for Digital Literacies development within the University. Over the past 3 years we have drawn upon the Digital Economy Research Group as a vehicle for pioneering multidisciplinary research-led and technology-informed educational innovation here at the University of Southampton. Continue reading →

The growth of #FLwebsci use on Twitter

A few weeks ago now, I posted about a visualisation I had made about the network of users on Twitter who were using the hashtag #FLwebsci. Today, I have made an updated visualisation to reflect the use of this tag and how it is developing: The first thing that is immediately noticeable from this is the increased size of the overall network. The use of the hashtag is clearly spreading – more and more people are tweeting with it as the MOOC progresses. Continue reading →

Why Internet Piracy Research is Unclear

Piracy rate statistics are murky at best. Industry involvement in collection makes numbers hard to interpret and bias likely. But research on Pirates themselves remains murkier still. Law and Property Though we use the term “intellectual property”, copyrights were never really described in a ‘property’ context. The inception of copyright (Statute of Anne, 1710) granted “monopoly” and “responsibility” but not “ownership” outside of a contractual context. Continue reading →