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Stevan Harnad - Digital Research: How and Why the RCUK Open Access Policy Needs to Be Revised (Tues 11th September)

Jim Hendler - Broad Data (Tuesday 11th September)

Noshir Contractor - Can big data motivate new theories and methods? (Monday 10th September)

Nigel Shadbolt - Open Data: Promise and Perils (Monday 10th September)

Stefan Staab - Mining of Geolocated Social Media (Monday 10th September)

Time and space are core concepts in social media content for purposes such as  indexing photos or for relating opinions to space and time.  Existing methods, however, make oversimplifying assumptions about the  spread of topics. With our new neighborhood-topology-based approach, we allow for deriving correlations between topics and rather arbitrary spatial regions. We verify our approach by rediscovering known spatial boundaries and for finding interesting new relationships between topics and space.

Stefan Staab is Director of Institute WeST - Web Science and Technologies & Institute for Computer Science Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Koblenz-Landau... full bio.

Kieron O'Hara - Data, Trust and Governance (Monday 10th September)


Neil Chue Hong - Laying the software foundations for Digital Research


Peter Coveney - Update on UK e-Infrastructure (Wed 12th September)

Peter Coveney holds a Chair in Physical Chemistry and is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS), an Honorary Professor in Computer Science and a member of CoMPLEX at UCL. He is also Professor Adjunct within the Medical School at Yale University, and Director of the UCL Computational Life & Medical Sciences Network... full bio.

Peter Murray-Rust - Long Tail Science (Tuesday 11th September)


Lizbeth Goodman - SMART spaces by and for SMART people: technology as a scaffold to support innovative, independent living for ALL (Tuesday 11th September)

Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design at University College Dublin, where she is an Executive Board member leading the Creative and Social Entrepreneurship modules for the all-Ireland Innovation Academy.  She founded the first iteration of the SMARTlab in 1993 (as practice-based research centre at the BBC-Open University) and has developed and directed its world renowned practice-based PhD Programme since the early nineties... full bio.

Rob Procter - Reading the riots on Twitter: methodological innovation for the analysis of big data (Monday 10th September)

The widespread adoption of new forms of communications such as social media presents both an opportunity and a challenge for researchers interested in understanding people’s attitudes and behaviours, especially in the context of unfolding crises and the need for government agencies such as the police to inform the public and act swiftly to ensure public order and safety.  The recent explosion of social media in the form of blogs, micro-blogs, social networking platforms and other ‘born-digital’ social data means that more economic and social data than ever before is now available to researchers. Where once the main problem was a scarcity of data, researchers must now cope with its abundance. In this talk I will present an experiment in applying innovative digital research tools to the study of a large corpus of tweets sent during the UK August 2011 riots. I will begin with a description of the methodology and tools used in the study. I will then present some of its findings to illustrate their application. I will conclude with a discussion of its limitations and discuss how these might be addressed.

Rob Procter is Professor and Director of the Manchester eResearch Centre.  His research focuses on socio–technical issues in the design, implementation, evaluation and use of interactive computer systems, with a particular emphasis on ethnographic studies of work practices, computer-supported cooperative work and participatory design... full bio.