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  • 1. Eric T. Meyer
    Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
    I3 Conference: information: interactions and impact
    20 June 2011, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
    Engaging with Information: Knowledge in the Digital Age
  • 2. Technology and Society
  • 3. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyc/163772266/
  • 4.
  • 5. Social Informatics
    Some Social Informatics Ideas:
    Computerization Movements
    Social Actors (vs. users)
    STIN: Socio-Technical Interaction Networks (as research strategy)
  • 6. Browsing and Searching
  • 7. Complexity Continuum
  • 8. The Growth Of Teams
    Source: S. Wuchty et al., (2007). The Increasing Dominance of Teams in Production of Knowledge. Science 316, 1036 -1039.
  • 9. e-Research is defined as:
    research using
    digital tools and data
    for the distributed and collaborative
    production of knowledge
  • 10. Source: CERN, CERN-EX-0712023, http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1203203
  • 11.
  • 12. Hanny’sVoorwerp
    Source: NASA, ESA, W. Keel (University of Alabama), and the Galaxy Zoo Team. http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2011/01/image/a/
  • 13. Weisenburger vs. the Wiki on Pynchon
    Comparison of book and wiki annotation efforts
    Source: Schroeder, R., & Besten, M. D. (2008). Literary Sleuths Online: e-Research collaboration on the Pynchon Wiki. Information, Communication & Society, 11(2), 167 - 187.
  • 14. Why is science and research growing more collaborative?
    Is technology driving it?
    Or are there big scientific questions that cannot be answered otherwise?
  • 15. SPLASH: Structure of Populations,
    Levels of Abundance, and
    Status of Humpbacks
    Meyer, E.T. (2009). Moving from small science to big science: Social and organizational impediments to large scale data sharing. In Jankowski, N. (Ed.), E-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice (Routledge Advances in Research Methods series). New York: Routledge.
  • 16. 16
    Humpback whales
  • 17. 17
    Switching From Film To Digital Cameras
  • 18.
  • 19. 19
    Matching techniques on screen
  • 20. 20
    Matching techniques on paper
  • 21. 21
    Photo-id process: film
    External lab film developing
    Field photos
    Printing or sleeving
    Shot logs
    Time = relative size of arrow (thick=longer time)
    In field
    At lab
    External to project
  • 22. 22
    Photo-id process: digital
    Printing (in some cases)
    Download, backup, initial organizing
    Labeling and organizing
    Field photos
    Data entry
    Summary logs
    Time = relative size of arrow (thick=longer time)
    In field
    At lab
    External to project
  • 23. 23
    Idiosyncratic systems
  • 24. 24
    Organizing digital photos
  • 25. 25
    Organizing digital photos
  • 26. 26
    Photo-ID process: Changes
    • Quick feedback
    • 27. Less loss of data
    • 28. More time at end of long days
    • 29. Storage issues
    • 30. More photographs
    • 31. More complex info systems
    • 32. Instant feedback
    • 33. Efficiency
    • 34. Better coverage
    • 35. Less selective shooting styles
    Printing (in some cases)
    Download, backup, initial organizing
    Labeling and organizing
    Field photos
    Data entry
    Summary logs
    Time = relative size of arrow (thick=longer time)
    In field
    • More animals
    • 40. Larger catalogs
    • 41. Better health
    At lab
    External to project
  • 42. 27
    Who does the work?
    Often volunteer labor
    Field photos
    Printing or sleeving
    Shot logs
    Permanent employees
    Download, backup, initial organizing
    Labeling and organizing
    Field photos
    Data entry
    Summary logs
  • 43. GAIN:
    Genetic Association
    Information Network
    Ca. 2006-2007
  • 44. Data needed to answer key questions in psychiatric genetics case study
  • 45. http://www.rin.ac.uk/humanities-case-studies
    Bulger, M., Meyer, E.T., de la Flor, G., Terras, M., Wyatt, S., Jirotka, M., Eccles, K., Madsen, C.
  • 46. The Case Studies
  • 47. Reconfiguring Resources
  • 48.
    Old Bailey Online hasn’t replaced anything for me or displaced anything for me, but it is part of this general transformation of how I do what I do.
  • 49.
    The amount of time I now spend doing the very mechanical, laborious, time-consuming work is much smaller.You can now do things in 5 seconds which it took you 3 months to do a few years ago.
  • 50. Transformations in Use
  • 51.
    It’s a huge change. You can do things much more quickly, read much more widely, find connections…it’s very, very important.
  • 52.
    With something like the Burney Collection, 5 years ago for writing an article I would need to review the newspapers, I would have gone into the British Library and done it on microfilm.
    20 years ago, I would have gone into the British Library and done it with the actual paper in front of me.Now I sit at home and I do a keyword search.
  • 53.
    I get pretty much everything I need by way of primary sources now from the web. For primary sources, I’ve now got more material than I will need probably for the rest of my lifetime.
  • 54. Enhanced vision
  • 55. Cambridge polyphonic manuscript, 13th C.Source: The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM)
    Graduale Triplex, 6/7th C.
    Florence polyphonic manuscript, 13th C.
    Source: TecaDigitaleRicerca (TECA)
  • 56. Reconstructing the materiality of digital objects
    binder's knife
    S: That'a just a – it's not a note
    H: I think it's part of the decoration isn't it?
    I mean the colours would have been really vivid
    wouldn't they - blues and greens, yellows
    S: It's quite deteriorated
    H: I'm guessing this is a sort of slice in the –
    through the parchment isn't it?
    S: Yeah
    H: It's showing white there
    S: Goodness only knows how it got there
    H: These are binding fragments. They've
    been man-handled into the binding of
    another book and presumably a
    binder's knife has sliced through the pages.
    It's lucky in a way it’s only sliced through the parchment
    note or decoration?
  • 57.
    Asking new questions?
  • 58.
    I’m not sure all of this raises the quality of anybody’s work.I think it would be quite daft to pretend that all of this makes us better scholars, or makes our books or papers of higher quality. I don’t know if that is true by any means, but it certainly makes it easier and I suppose makes the quantity of stuff that you can produce greater.
  • 59.
    What might take you several months if not years of research, you could do in hours, days, a week. So I think that means that it makes the nature of your research different because it allows you quantitative information much more quickly, which then allows you to maybe think about how you might use that information differently,because you’ve got so much more time.
  • 60.
    My greatest frustration in life is that we can now answer all the questions we had in 1980 faster, much, much faster. And we can get around to publishing them much, much more quickly. But what we haven’t yet done is develop the new questions and the new paradigms that should be possible, and that we as imaginative scholars should be able to imagine.
  • 61.
    It also puts a much higher premium on creative use of the resources. There’s no reason not to be creative. There’s no excuse not to get it just right. And so it’s like how word processing changed the way we write. When you don’t have to physically retype each page, you make a lot more changes, and so there’s no excuse not to have better writing
  • 62. Complexity Continuum
  • 63. Complexity Continuum
  • 64. Complexity Continuum
  • 65. TITLE
    Information practices in the physical sciences
    Project partners
  • 66. Digitisation and Impact
  • 67.
  • 68. University of Oxford Podcasts
  • 69. Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online
  • 70. British History Online
  • 71.
  • 72. Siobhan Davies RePlay
  • 73. http://microsites.oii.ox.ac.uk/tidsr/
  • 74. Web archives
    Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: State of the Art
    Dougherty, M., Meyer, E.T., Madsen, C., van den Heuvel, C., Thomas, A., Wyatt, S. (2010). London: JISC.
    Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: Challenges and Opportunities for Investment
    Thomas, A., Meyer, E.T., Dougherty, M., van den Heuvel, C., Madsen, C., Wyatt, S. (2010). London: JISC.
    Web Archives: The Future(s)
    Meyer, E.T., Thomas, A., Schroeder, R. (2011). London: IIPC.
  • 75. So what?
  • 76. Digital as a dirty word

    I do feel pressure to work more with originals than with the digital images, but for the most part I do feel like I get more out of using these images on my computer. But there’s a certain pressure that that’s not what top scholars do because that’s not what top scholars did 25 years ago
  • 77. Source: Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. (2009). Untangling the Web of e-Research: Towards a Sociology of Online Knowledge. Journal of Informetrics 3(3):246-260
  • 78. Source: Schroeder, R., Meyer, E.T. (2009). Gauging the Impact of e-Research in the Social Sciences. Paper presented at the 104th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 8-11, San Francisco, California.
  • 79. Eric T. Meyer
    With funding from: