Digital Economy USRG

DE2013 Open Digital Conference at MediaCity

Lisa HarrisSeptember 6, 2013
by Lisa Harris


Monday’s DE lunch postponed

Lisa HarrisJuly 19, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Please note that Ben Mawson’s talk advertised for Monday 22nd July has been postponed until 14th October. A full list of Digital Economy Autumn events will be available from this site shortly.

On Monday you may wish to attend this Web Science DTC event instead:

Our next guest lecture is on Monday (22nd July) in the B32 Coffee Room, starting with a buffet lunch at 12:00

Mary Ellen Zurko is a security architect and strategist at Cisco Systems. Her research interests include security standards and usable security, specialising in the socio-technical aspects of computer and information security. Zurko has an MS in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is chair of the IW3C2, the steering committee for the International WWW Conference series, and is an active steering committee member and organiser of New Security Paradigms Workshop and the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.

So what do the digichamps actually do?

Lisa HarrisJuly 10, 2013
by Lisa Harris

With many thanks to the film-making wizardry of Simon Morice, the interviewing skills of Flo Broderick and contributions from Gareth Beeston, Renaldo Bernard and Eamonn Walls…this is what the #digichamps do :-)
See more on the Digichamps blog.

It’s been a busy week for the digichamps. Here are Simon Morice and Flo Broderick preparing video from Portus:

And taking to the stage at the Open Day:

Using social media to present about social media…

Lisa HarrisJuly 4, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Tweet summary of great #web observatory event at #ODI

Lisa HarrisJune 22, 2013
by Lisa Harris


Open Data Open Day 26th June

Lisa HarrisJune 21, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Meet the Open Data team! We’re putting on an open day for all members of the university to come and discover what we do and how open data can help. We’ve booked the Access Grid Room and the Coffee Room in Building 32 (EEE) and will be running a series of talks, workshops and general ‘get to know us’ sessions throughout the day.

Currently confirmed:

Talks from members of the University community on how open data has helped them.
Tutorials from the Open Data Service – how to help us to help you.
Demos of some of the cool stuff we’ve done and sneak peeks of what we’re currently working on.
Hacking sessions for technical people who want to get their hands dirty.
Free food and coffee, sponsored by the Digital Economy USRG!

This is a free event, and will be running across the entire day, please feel free to drop in even if you can only spare 10 minutes.

NOTE: If you have any data, no matter how trivial it may seem, please bring it along! We can read most types of database, spreadsheets and documents, and will have hackers on hand all day who will endeavor to make it into something that benefits you, and the wider university community.

Here is the Facebook Page and more information is available

Changing the Learning Landscape #cll1213

Lisa HarrisMay 16, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Yesterday Fiona Harvey, Graeme Earl and myself headed for London Town to present at the HEA Changing the Learning Landscape event.

This event offered an opportunity for those involved in teaching to find out more about the role that social media can play in enhancing the student and tutor experience. It was therefore a chance for us to wax lyrical about digital literacy, digichamps, cool social media tools and of course MOOCs :-)

Fiona’s review of the day is here on the CITE blog

Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013- Success

May 9, 2013
by Alison Simmance

The University of Southampton sprang to life during the 17-22nd March when over 1050 attendees joined us for the 3rd annual Multidisciplinary Research Week.

This year’s week long celebration was built on the best cross-disciplinary science and arts from the University of Southampton’s staff and students with a packed programme of talks, hands-on science demonstrations, exhibitions, debates and a film screening. We were also joined by key external speakers who brought insights into policy applications and cutting edge research in relation to our University Strategic Research Groups.

See the full programme here.  The energy and intellectual alchemy of the week certainly inspired ‘ideas worth spreading’ and far exceeded our expectations. Thank you to all our speakers, demonstrators, supporters, volunteers, digital champions, sponsors and attendees for enabling this annual cross-disciplinary event at the University of Southampton to be a huge success.

The week in numbers– see the statistics from MDR Week 2013 below or in the MDRWeek 2013 Final Statistics Flyer.

Blog posts about all our events at #MDRWeek will be coming shortly! Watch this site for news.

Did you miss MDR week 2013?

See all our multimedia outputs online now!


Did you miss TEDxSouthamptonUniversity 2013?


  • 23 events (incl. 2 exhibitions and 1 interactive art session) from 17-22nd March 2013.
  • 1057 actual attendees (approx. 10% external).
  • First TEDx at the University of Southampton- tickets sold out; new website; IBM sponsorship; 15 speakers; >1000 hits so far on YouTube.
  • Prof Mohan Munasinghe– Vice Chair of IPPC/Nobel Prize Winner 2007 (BBC Radio Solent Broadcast & future collaborations).
  • First formal celebration of the World Water Day 2013 (150 attendees).
  • >70 people attended the ‘Litmus Project: Science & Poetry Exhibition’.
  • >120 people attended ‘Question Time: The Brain & Society’, (incl. 40 6th Formers)
  • 15 people created an eco-friendly bag from 60th Anniversary campaign banner material at ‘Be a Green Shopper’.
  • Collaborations: UoS Science & Engineering Festival, WSA, WUN, IBM, Google, Marwell Wildlife, three 6th Form Colleges.

First year that social media was used!


MDR Week 2014- Your Views

We are now already planning next year’s research week and welcome any suggestions for a possible theme on this. If you have an interesting cross-disciplinary project/initiative or idea and/or wish  to get involved in other ways then please contact us:


Full details available at:


Share your experience with us on Twitter #MDRWeek @Multisoton

Raspberry Pi workshop

Lorraine WarrenApril 26, 2013
by Lorraine Warren

Really enjoyed last night’s Raspberry Pi Workshop at Southampton University, which was sponsored and organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the Centre for Strategic Innovation and Dirk Gorissen, then part of Engineering and the Environment here. The session began with a demo from Simon Cox and an excellent introduction to parallel processing. 25 folks then got down to business, setting out the basics of getting a Pi up and running with Python and GPIO.

Full report and more pictures on Lorraine’s blog

#Digichamp Flo Broderick on learning to be a Reporter

Lisa HarrisApril 26, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Only a month ago I spent my Monday morning at university attending a Digichamps workshop on creating and editing video on smartphones with David Willox and Simon Morice of icmReporting.  After learning about conducting video interviews, we exchanged contact details and a month later I found myself working as a news reporter at Digital Media Europe 2013, a conference organized by WAN-IFRAon digital trends within the media industry.

Given that I had absolutely no experience in reporting, I was somewhat surprised when Simon and David sent me off to interview business leaders with a smartphone, an ALM, a microphone and lights on the first morning of the conference.  However, their simple four question approach and their refreshing confidence in a student’s maturity and capabilities enabled me to conduct 11 video interviews over the three days at 200 Aldersgate in London.

As a digital marketer, I’ve come to value the importance of instantaneous coverage and with the help of the iPhone app, Voddio, I found myself conducting an interview, gathering some B-Roll (video lingo for extra footage), editing the piece and uploading it to YouTube in about 30 minutes.

In order to interview effectively, I was encouraged to listen to all of the presentations some of which focused on themes such as paid-content strategies, digital advertising growth and open data.  My highlights included Matt Gierhart’s (Global Head of Social at Ogilvy Action) insightful presentation on “Stories from the Frontline of Consumerism” and hearing from Andy Wiedlin, Chief Revenue Officer at BuzzFeed who spoke about monetization on their social news platform. Impressed by my smartphone interviews, Simon and David threw me into the deep end asking me to present the conference’s live stream channel interviewing Gierhart.  No second takes, no second chances:

I might be set on a career in digital marketing in the technology sector, however, having the experience as a reporter reminded me that there are other fields I am interested in and that exploring as many sectors as possible whilst you are still in education can be exceptionally useful and rewarding going forwards.  I may even be lucky enough to work at the next WAN-IFRA conference in June in Bangkok (Digital Media Asia 2013). If any other Digichamps or students are interested in working with icmReporting then please email

To see my interviews at #DME13 please check out the icmReporting YouTube channel here.