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Digital Literacies Conference #sotondiglit

Lisa HarrisJune 5, 2012
by Lisa Harris

Due to popular demand additional tickets have now been released for the Digital Literacy Conference in Garden Court, Highfield Campus all day on 14th June. There will be un-keynote sessions led by Steve Wheeler, Cristina Costa, Sue Beckingham and Doug Belshaw, as well as contributions from a number of Southampton University staff and students who are engaged in various Digital Literacy activities.

The programme is confirmed as:

9.00 Coffee & registration

9.30 Opening – Professor Hugh Davis (Director of CITE)

10.00 First ‘unkeynote’ – Associate Professor Steve Wheeler & Cristina Costa

11.00 – Coffee

11.20 Presentations (10 minute slots)

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Second ‘unkeynote’ – Dr Doug Belshaw & Sue Beckingham

2.15 Presentations – (inc.Tools & Techniques)

3.15 – Tea

3.35 – Panel (Joy Moloney, Chair)

4.30 – Closing session

There will be extensive use of social media at this event. The Twitter tag is #sotondiglit Questions for the panel can be posted using Twitter (remember to include the #sotondiglit)

Resources will be available via Delicious

We are encouraging all participants to record their conference by using Storify.

Photographs from the event can be shared via Flickr

Storify from DE lunch on Wikipedia 28/5

Lisa HarrisMay 28, 2012
by Lisa Harris

How can you tweet in Chinese?

May 21, 2012
by Karen Woods

Management School PhD student Ring Xu fascinated university staff and students interested in developments in the digital economy with her presentation on what’s happening now in social media in China. More than 513 million people use the internet in her country. But that impressive figure is dwarfed by China’s total population of 1.4 billion and means around a third of Chinese people are currently online. Most are under the age of 30.

What are they doing? Ring presents compelling evidence that many of them, just like young people around the world, are obsessed with social media. The statistics are compelling. A quarter of all social media users in the world are Chinese. And material in the Chinese language now makes up 24 percent of the Internet.

Ring has four reasons for this explosion in Chinese social media. Many families are forced to live apart, as many young people may work or study away from home, good broadband links are affordable, China’s one child policy means many young people turn to friends rather than siblings and there is suspicion of mainstream government-controlled media.

As Ring explains, there are no Facebook, Twitter and You Tube in China, but their Chinese equivalents are better in some ways, not second best. Sina Weibo, the phenomenally popular Chinese website most similar to Twitter has a facility for users to re-post adding comments and pictures to the original message. And, of course, 140 characters in the Chinese language convey far more meaning than 140 letters.

She says many young people enjoy receiving and passing on discount vouchers and codes so they can snap up top fashion items at bargain prices. “I haven’t bought anything at full price online after I followed those Weibo accounts which broadcast discount codes every day,” she declares.


DE USRG on Weibo

Digital Literacies Workshops and Conference

Lisa HarrisMay 20, 2012
by Lisa Harris

There are still a few spaces available for staff and students on the following events. These are informal sessions run on behalf of the Centre for Innovation in Technologies and Education (CITE) by Fiona Harvey, Lisa Harris and the Student Digital Champions.

1.     Online Identity Workshop: 22nd May at 3pm in 85/2207.

This is a chance for you to review how you appear online and take an active role in making deliberate changes. What you say and how you appear online needs to be consistent and professional in order to reflect you in the best possible light.  The workshop will highlight good and bad examples to help you enhance your profile and promote yourself effectively. You can register for this event here.

2.     Online Safety and Security Workshop: 30th May at 2pm in 85/2209.

Find out all about staying safe online – do you read Terms and Conditions, all the way through…really?   Do you know who can access your private data on social networks and how you can stop them?  You can register for this event here.

3.     Developing and Managing your Professional Profile Workshop: 7th June at 2pm in 85/2207.

How well do you manage your online networks?  Is your LinkedIn profile complete and working well for you?  Would you like to increase your social capital and project a professional online profile to a future employer? You can register for this event here.

4.     Digital Literacy Conference

Due to popular demand additional tickets have now been released for the Digital Literacy Conference in Garden Court, Highfield Campus all day on 14th June. There will be un-keynote sessions led by Steve Wheeler, Cristina Costa, Sue Beckingham and Doug Belshaw, as well as contributions from a number of Southampton University staff and students who are engaged in various Digital Literacy activities.

We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Global Futures Seminar at WSA

Lisa HarrisMay 10, 2012
by Lisa Harris

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Tuesday 15th May @ 4pm in seminar rooms 8-9 Graphics Building, WSA

 Alex Galloway: The Cybernetic Hypothesis

In an essay from 2001, the French collective Tiqqun speaks of what they call the cybernetic hypothesis: “[A]t the end of the twentieth century the image of steering, that is to say management, has become the primary metaphor to describe not only politics but all of human activity as well.” The cybernetic hypothesis is a vast experiment beginning in the overdeveloped nations after World War II and eventually spreading to swallow the planet in an impervious logic of administration and interconnectivity. What are the origins of the cybernetic hypothesis, and what are its futures?

This workshop offers a media archeology of cybernetics through an exploration of nineteenth-century chronophotography, the history of the pixel, developments in computer modeling, bit arrays and grid systems, and that most enigmatic cybernetic device, the black box. Instead of contributing to the many heroic histories of cybernetics that already populate the cultural imagination, this workshop aims to uncover an alternative history of digital systems via an examination of the aesthetics and politics of control.

Alexander R. Galloway (NYU) is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is author or co-author of three books on media and cultural theory, and his new book, The Interface Effect, will be published this fall by Polity.

The talk will be chaired by Dr Jussi Parikka, Senior Fellow at the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media

This talk will be of special interest to students or staff with interests in visual culture, new media, IT, and cyberculture.

Centre for Global Futures:

Twitter: @WSAGlobalFutures


Upcoming Digital Literacy Events

Lisa HarrisMay 1, 2012
by Lisa Harris

DE lunch 30th April – UBHave

April 30, 2012
by Graeme Earl

Here is the storify summarising @mark_weal ‘s talk on UBHave.


Digital Literacy Conference #sotondiglit

Lisa HarrisApril 23, 2012
by Lisa Harris

Centre for Innovation in Technology and Education

Digital Literacy Conference

14th June 2012, 10am – 4pm  at Wide Lane, Southampton Airport

 This FREE event (#sotondiglit) is open to staff, students and visitors who want to know more about how the ways in which we teach and learn are changing.

You can register here

There will be ‘unkeynote’ sessions led by:

Sue Beckingham (@suebecks) from Sheffield Hallam University is an Educational Developer with a research interest in the use of social media in education

Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) is from JISC infoNet where he researches open educational resources, mobile learning and digital literacies

Cristina Costa (@cristinacost) is from the University of Salford where she researches the implications of the social web for teaching, learning, research, and public engagement

Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) is from the University of Plymouth and a prolific edublogger on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies in education

What is Digital Literacy and why should you care? J Digital technologies influence how we:

  • collect, manage and evaluate online information
  • build an online identity for personal or career development
  • create and curate content in both written and visual media
  • communicate for networking, collaboration and project management purposes
  • deal with privacy and security issues
  • participate in events remotely and face to face

Please get in touch with Fiona ( @fionajharvey) or Lisa ( @lisaharris) if you have a digital literacy project that you would like to discuss or demonstrate at this event. You can choose any of the following presentation options: Pecha kucha, BYO laptop, demonstration, poster, café session….

Archaeology Seminar: Custom Acquisition and Workflow Integration in Cultural Heritage Applications

April 8, 2012
by Graeme Earl

Dr Tim Weyrich (UCL Graphics) will be talking in the Archaeological Computing Research Group Lab (Room 3043 B65a) at Avenue Campus on Thursday 26th April 3-5pm.


More details on the sotonDH site:

Maximising the value of social media at conferences #caasoton #SMiLE

Lisa HarrisMarch 24, 2012
by Lisa Harris

The Social Media in Supporting Live Events (SMiLE) research project is now in full swing for next week’s Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (#caasoton). We will be monitoring the use of a range of established and experimental social media tools. The purpose is to track how they are utilised by delegates before/during and after the event, for example for information recording/sharing, network building, profile raising and the development of an ongoing community of practice. In addition, we will be carrying out interviews and surveys with conference participants about their individual experiences.

We are also interested in exploring the dynamics of the relationship between ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ communities, such as whether people meet at the event as a result of an online introduction, or if they skip sessions on the basis that they can follow what goes on via the live streaming and Twitter backchannel.  Assessing the impact of social networking activity on an intended ‘real world’ outcome has historically been difficult to measure, but we suggest that recent developments in social network visualisation and analysis now enable valuable insights to be generated for the benefit of event organisers and community developers.

Here are some of the services that we will be using and monitoring:

    • Twitter (Q&As, question of the day, ‘tweet your phd topic’, event logistics, collection of shared urls saved into Delicious, etc )
    • Facebook Page
    • LinkedIn Group
    • Storify for producing summaries of each day’s events, linked to event website
    • Pinterest and Flickr for photo display, linked to event website
    • Video of keynote sessions, ‘best of the day’ collection and interviews with presenters/attendees (produced and uploaded to event website on the same day by SUSUtv)
    • Lanyards with relevant urls and QR codes which link to each delegate’s contact information that was collected at registration
    • Interactive map generated from delegates input of their journey details to the conference from all over the world
    • Blogging competition to post on topics related to ‘Day of Digital Humanities’, linked to event website
    • Crowdsourcing of delegates’ personal memories looking back over 40 years of this annual conference – video footage,, photos and drawings ( )to be captured and uploaded onto a SIMILE timeline, linked to event website
    • Student posters to be uploaded to event website to allow comments and feedback. Printed posters to have QR codes which link to the presenter’s details that were provided at registration
    • Wikiathon competition running until May, asking delegates to contribute to two Wikipedia topics: ‘Archaeological Computing’ and ‘The CAA’ . Winners will be decided based on page submission ratings from Wikipedia users over a period of two months, and a judging panel
    • Plasma screens across the venue will dynamically display the tweets using the conference hashtag (#saasoton) through VisibleTweets
    • Virtual attendees (registered through the conference website) will be sent welcome packs by email outlining the various ways they can contribute via social media

Please feel free to join in with your contributions or feedback, particularly if you are planning to run an event this summer :-)