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Invitation for DE members to attend Industry Week

Lisa HarrisNovember 16, 2012
by Lisa Harris

The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre has put together a programme of activities in collaboration with the business community that will provide students with some incredible opportunities for their current research training and future career:

(1)    Industry Week 3-7 December 2012

A programme of lunchtime industry seminars in the week December 3rd-7th. Over the five days, fifteen companies from various sectors will be talking about the challenges that they see the web providing, giving students the opportunity to seek out industry-relevant research questions.

Digital Economy members may be particularly interested in attending the lunch on Wednesday 5th in Building 58/1007 from 12 until 2pm in which Julius Duncan, the Marketing Director of Headstream and Chair of the Creative Digifest Panel, will be amongst the businesses discussing the challenges posed by recent web developments. Professor Vladimiro Sassone, Director of the Centre of Excellence in CyberSecurity Research  will introduce the Centre and discuss its relevance to the business community. He will also introduce the cybersecurity research student projects underway at Southampton.

From 4pm on this same day (5th December) the Digital Economy USRG  will be running an informal  ‘Social Media Tips and Tricks’ session open to staff, students and industry guests featuring a number of lightning talks about new tools and time saving practices.

(2)    Industry Forum 7-8 February 2013

This year the plan is to build on the research questions uncovered at the Industry Week, in a two-day workshop that allows  brainstorming of solutions and on-going research proposals in small groups.

(3)    Directors’ Dinner 18 April 2013

Business Solent will be inviting 40 of their regional business network’s company directors to meet the DTC students over dinner and to hear brief presentations about the outcomes from the Industry Week and Forum. This will then lead into a future round of invitations for industry seminars and research workshops, supported by Business Solent.

The aim of these events is to give students experience of turning their increasing research maturity into business leadership. This applies at whatever stage they are at in the programme, as they will be working together as a cohort, and supporting each other in teams.

If you would like to attend any of these events, please fill out THIS DOODLE POLL to confirm your attendance.

Live webcasts from the Internet Governance Forum

Lisa HarrisNovember 1, 2012
by Lisa Harris

Join live webcasts and discussions from the Internet Governance Forum in Baku.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Internet Governance Forum sessions we should take part in as part of the Southampton Remote Hub. We’ll be following sessions on: cybercrime and rule of law; information and ethics; power, politics and internet filtering; social media and young people’s freedom of expression; open knowledge in developing countries; and a session giving an overview of global Internet infrastructures. You can drop in for any of these sessions.

We will also have a 30 minute introduction to the Internet Governance Forum on Monday 5th November at 10am, where Tim who has been at the last three IGF meetings will give a bit of background to what it is, what to expect, and how we’ll be taking part via Remote Participation.

More details on sessions in the attached, and in the online schedule:

Internet Governance Forum – Southampton Remote Hub
5th – 8th November 2012 – Access Grid Room – Building 32
Join us at a Remote Hub, joining selected sessions from the Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan – and join the online conversation around key Internet issues.

The 7th Internet Governance Forum will bring together over a thousand participants from governments, industry and civil society to debate key Internet issues – from technical infrastructure to social impacts.

We’re hosting a Remote Hub in Southampton, following the WebCast and connecting with other groups both in Baku, and following from around the world.

Drop-in for any session. Find out more at the short Introduction to Internet Governance and the IGF at 10am on Monday 5th

**Monday, November 5 (Access Grid Room, Level 3, Building 32)**

> 10:00am – 10.30am – An introduction to the Internet Governance Forum – find out about the IGF, remote participation, and sessions coming up
> 10:30am – 14.00pm – Council of Europe: Cybercrime and the Rule of Law

**Tuesday, November 6 (Access Grid Room, Level 3, Building 32)**

> 10:30am – 12.00pm – The influence of politics over Internet users’ access and diversity
> 12:30pm – 14.00pm – Information Ethics and Internet Governance – Identity, design and preservation

**Wednesday, November 7 (Access Grid Room, Level 3, Building 32)**

10:30am – 12.00pm – Measures and practices for promoting open knowledge environment (OKE) in developing countries
12:30pm – 14.00pm – Social media, young people and freedom of expression

**Thursday, November 8 (Coffee Room, Level 4, Building 32)**

10:30am – 12.00pm – Open Government Partnership and IGF: reciprocal learning
12:30pm – 14.00pm – Understanding Internet infrastructure: an overview of technology and terminology

Detailed schedule at:

Silicon Valley comes to Southampton StartUp Weekend

Lisa HarrisOctober 31, 2012
by Lisa Harris

On 9th – 11th November Southampton University will be hosting a Silicon Valley comes to UK 2012 StartUp Weekend. It is a 56-hour, non-stop national competition where teams with individuals holding different skill sets compete to build a successful start-up business. The winner of last year’s event was Alejandro Saucedo from Southampton, and he is organising this year’s event with Petar Trifonov and Mariam Elbadri, one of our Student Digital Champions. Click here to register and for further details.

What is amazing about this year’s event is that Startup Weekend and Silicon Valley comes to the UK are teaming up to bring the craziness of the events simultaneously in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Cambridge. These events will bring together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

The teams will be free to work on any startup they want but they have to use Open Data and hence they will have access to UK government data sets from to build startups. Participants will use this data to produce high impact applications/websites to unlock the power of public data to help “rewrite the rules of the new economy”.

A few days after the event, the top startups will be invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony in central London and will also get the chance to fight in the Global Startup Battle taking place between the 130 Startup Weekend events. Last year the awards were presented by David Cameron. Prizes included a fully paid trip to Silicon Valley, California, where winners had the amazing opportunity to visit companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, between many others.

Summary of #WebScience activity at Digital Futures Conference #DE2012

Lisa HarrisOctober 25, 2012
by Lisa Harris

Web Science researchers from the University of Southampton were out in force at the Digital Futures Conference in Aberdeen this week. Nicole Beale has produced a great Storify which summarises the work they presented and the associated conference activities.
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The DE USRG at Digital Futures 2012 – DE All Hands

October 18, 2012
by Graeme Earl

The DE USRG will be represented by approximately 16 delegates at Digital Futures 2012 next week, all of whom are involved in posters, papers, or demos. These include seven papers, demos or posters by students from the RCUK DE Web Science DTC.


Delivering the Smart Grid: How digital technologies can change the way we generate, consume and think about energy – Alex Rogers



Ramine has also been examining the twitter activity around #de2012. More details of the methods employed are introduced in the following eprint and also explained on the #SxSC2 social media post.

Identifying communicator roles in Twitter
Tinati, Ramine, Carr, Leslie, Hall, Wendy and Bentwood, Jonny (2012) Identifying communicator roles in Twitter. In, Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND 2012), Lyon, FR, 16 – 20 Apr 2012. 8pp. (Submitted). []

Video showing evolving #de2012 tweet network by @raminetinati.


Other Web Science DTC students in attendance

You can follow the @sotonDE people attending Digital Futures 2012 via our DigitalFutures list.

The first of the Web Science debate series of the 2012-13 academic year 17.10.2012

“This house believes that privacy is not worth paying for”

Tim Davies Dominic Hobson Mark Frank Maire Evans Jack Townsend

Everyone welcome Sandwiches and danishes

Would you like to speak briefly at a future debate? If so contact Jack Townsend.

Sustainability & the Creative/Cultural Industries

Lisa HarrisJuly 24, 2012
by Lisa Harris

The 2nd INTERREG conference in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be held here at Southampton in the Management School, October 24/25. There are many interesting streams at the conference,, but if you are interested in issues about sustainability and value creation in relation to the creative and cultural industries, check out Stream 5 (below). Happy to discuss any provisional ideas ( the conference is suitable for all kinds of researchers, early stage work welcome.

The following deadlines for submission/registration apply:

Submission of abstracts or papers (full/short/developmental papers): 5 September 2012

Registration closes on: 20 September 2012

Main conference: 24-25 October 2012

Stream for INTERREG 2

Lorraine Warren, University of Southampton
Jean Denis-Culie, EM Normandie
Amira Laifi, EM Normandie

Outline : Rationale and key themes

The creative and cultural industries are recognised widely as creating value as
they (Muller et al, 2009)

Are a major source of innovative ideas that contribute to the development of new products and services
Offer services that may be inputs to the innovative activities of other enterprises and organisations within and outside the creative industries
Are intensive users of technology and often demand and create adaptations and new developments of technology, providing stimulus to technology producers.

It could therefore be argued that creative businesses can play a part in helping other sectors meet the challenge of sustainability as well as becoming more sustainable themselves. The part they have to play in creating a sustainable future is not only in behaving in a sustainable manner themselves, but in influencing our behaviour and inspiring new lifestyles. They influence us, not only through their creative acts alone, but also in the messages they put across, the buildings and places they live and work in, and the change they stimulate in other industries.

This track invites papers that explore the relationship between the creative and cultural industries and sustainability. Potential topics might relate to the key themes listed below.

The practice of sustainability by creative/cultural industries firms (designs, lifestyles, creative practices or acts)
The contribution of creative/cultural industries firms to sustainable practices in other firms and organisations
The contribution of creative/cultural industries firms to sustainable practices in communities and society generally
Value creation through entrepreneurship and innovation related to the above.

Theoretical and methodological contributions are welcome, as are empirical papers.

Stream questions
What are the challenges, barriers and opportunities for the creative/cultural industries in regard to sustainability?
How do we analyse, assess, evaluate or measure the contribution of the creative/cultural industries to sustainability; particularly in regard to how value is created?
What theoretical and methodological challenges are relevant in this ecosystem?

Creative industries; cultural industries; sustainability; value creation

The Creative Industries Sustainability Beacon project Final report, Fiona Bennie
and Chris Sherwin, 2010, Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network.
Muller, K., C. Rammer and J. Truby (2009) ‘The role of creative industries

New Centre of Excellence for Research in Cyber Security

Lisa HarrisJuly 6, 2012
by Lisa Harris

Interested staff and students are invited to attend the launch of the GCHQ/EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence for Research in Cyber Security on Wednesday 11 July in 32/3077 (seminar room).

The schedule is as follows:

12:30 Introduction

– V. Sassone

13:00 CyberSecurity through (secure and anti-tamper) hardware (nano) devices

– K. De Groot and W. Redman-White

13:15 Software-based CyberSecurity

– M. Butler and G. Parlato

13:30 CyberSecurity challenges for web and internet science

– L. Moreau, V. Sassone and N. Shadbolt

13:45 Mathematical approaches to CyberSecurity

– I. Leary and J. Brodzki

14:00 Human aspects of CyberSecurity

– S. Stevenage

14:15 Internet law and Cyber governance

– R. Moore, S Stalla-Bourdillon and S. Saxby

14:30 CyberSecurity and risk management

– J. Johnson, T. Ma and M.C. Sung

14:45 CyberSecurity aspects of complex and agents systems

– Seth Bullock and Nick Jennings and Alex Rogers

Building 85 / Observatory

15:00 Refreshments and Networking

15:45 Direction, Governance and Strategy for CyberSecurity Southampton

– V. Sassone

16:00 Debate on direction, governance and strategy for the Centre.

For more information, visit:

Digital Literacy Workshop

Lisa HarrisJune 26, 2012
by Lisa Harris

4th July 2pm – 4pm Digital Literacy Workshop: Social Media for Researchers, facilitated by Nicole Beale, in 32/3077. You can book tickets here

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to social media as an essential part of every researcher’s toolkit.

With the increasing adoption of social media by university staff and students within an academic context, there is also an increasing need for advice on how to manage our online identities. If you’ve been thinking about using social media as part of your research practice, or would like to use the web to participate in networks of researchers in your area of expertise, this is the workshop for you! This workshop is aimed at researchers who already use social media and would like to see how to join up all of those different platforms into one extended research profile.

There are many social tools and platforms for planning and sharing data, aimed at researchers and students. This workshop will talk about those different possibilities for using social media as a researcher. We will begin with an overview of the current situation in universities, then spend some time looking at different tools and platforms, discussing different combinations to adopt, and providing honest frank advice about the importance of informed management of our online selves. Participants in this workshop will also be contributing to a project to produce a mini-website which will provide advice for researchers within our university who are using social media as part of their practice.

Nicole Beale is a PhD candidate in the Web Science DTC. Her research focuses on changing professional practices in the cultural heritage sector. She is examining trends such as semantic web technologies, microblogging, cloud-computing, crowd-sourcing, augmented reality to create improved dialogues between users and their (and others’) heritage.

Digital Literacies Conference #sotondiglit – Video and Tweets

June 13, 2012
by Sotonde

The live streaming of the Digital Literacies Conference will be accessible here. You can also follow the #sotondiglit tweets below.