What's so social about informatics?

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Hazel Hall's inaugural professorial lecture, presented at Craiglockhart campus, Edinburgh Napier University, 15 March 2012.

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What's so social about informatics?

  1. 1. What’s so social about informatics? Professor Hazel Hall Centre for Social Informatics Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation/School of Computing
  2. 2. Hazel Hall@hazelhEvent hashtag#profhazel
  3. 3. Enduring behaviours & toolsSocial informatics Social media Centre for Social Informatics
  4. 4. Social informatics
  5. 5. Edinburgh Social Informatics Site
  6. 6. “Exploring real users and real life”  “Real users”  Humans and information technologies create socio- technical interaction networks  Humans are “actors”  … and so are technologies
  7. 7. “Exploring real users and real life”  “Real users”  Humans and information technologies create socio- technical interaction networks  Humans are “actors”  … and so are technologies  “Real life”  The context in which the technologies are situated is important, e.g.  the users of the technology  policies that relate to the use of the technology  resources to support the use of the technology
  8. 8. Social media in the 16th century: howLuther went viralThe Economist December 17th 2011
  9. 9. In short, social informatics researchersstudy  Relationships between humans and information technologies  … taking into account the context in which they interact
  10. 10. In short, social informatics researchersstudy  Relationships between humans and information technologies  … taking into account the context in which they interact  To understand the impact of information technologies on organisations and communities, e.g.  How information technologies are used (differently) in particular contexts  How information technologies bring about change
  11. 11. Social media
  12. 12. Fascinating time: intense interest in socialmedia
  13. 13. Social media combine social & technical Technology Add value Provides Social elements
  14. 14. C21st reiving
  15. 15. So we research socialmedia – but as part ofa much wider agendaand as related to ourresearch interests
  16. 16. Centre for SocialInformatics
  17. 17. Our qualifications include:Accountancy; Business Studies;Computing; Drama & TheatreStudies; Economics; EnergyEngineering; Fashion Design; FineArt; French; History; Library &Information Science; Linguistics;Multimedia; Philosophy; PoliticalScience; Software Engineering… Our interests and expertise cover: Digital economies; E-democracy & E- participation; Information Society; Journalism; Knowledge Management; Library & Information Science; Organisational Studies; Philosophy; Project Management; Social Media…
  18. 18. Library &InformationScience
  19. 19. Intersection of InformationScience, Journalism, andPhilosophy
  20. 20. E-democracy andE-participation
  21. 21. Knowledge Management
  22. 22. PhD research - CSI Topic Student Evolution of knowledge working in a public sector Knowledge Management Louise Rasmussen agency Success factors for organisational systems Robert Irvine Knowledge & Project development Management Community engagement in the wild to inspire new Ella Taylor-Smith uses of technology to increase social inclusion E-participation and involve more (diverse) people in democracy
  23. 23. PhD research – Cross centre/faculty Topic Student CSI with Information assessment for Nicole Hazelhoff-Roelfzema Security risk Society CDCNS personal health information Creating transformational, Digital economies Hannah Rudman CID sustainable and resilient digital developments in the cultural sector Organisational learning, Jan Auernhammer Business Knowledge Management creativity and innovation in School manufacturing industry Social Media, Knowledge David Jarman Relationships between Business festivals, live events and School Management communications technologies
  24. 24. 1. People2. Communities3. Technologies
  25. 25. Desire for communitybelonging
  26. 26. Desire to contribute tothe community
  27. 27. Enduringbehaviours & tools
  28. 28. Durham CathedralEst. 1093
  29. 29. “We’re going forward tothe past…[The] newworld is in some ways anold world. It is the worldfrom before print.” (Pettitt, 2011)
  30. 30. What’s so social about informatics? Professor Hazel Hall Centre for Social Informatics Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation/School of Computing
  31. 31. Introduction to organisationalresearch and case studies http://about.me/hazelhProfessor Hazel Hall • @hazelh • h.hall@napier.ac.ukInstitute for Informatics and Digital Innovation/Schoolof Computing
  32. 32. Blipfoto journal photo credits 182/365 jigsaw job (18 May 2010) by fomu (Fokko Muller). Available from fomu’s daily photo: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/573568, accessed 5 March 2012. [Slide 4] All thing bright and twittery (9 July 2011) by SimonJordan. Available from My world in photos: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/1266216, accessed 4 March 2012. [Slide 3] Allsorts (9 February 2011) by alanpeacock. Available from Alan’s Album: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/961902, accessed 5 March 2012. [Slide 29] Blip Meta (wtf?) Meet… (10 March 2012) by LeeAnne. Available from Daily Wanderings: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/1815401, accessed 11 March 2012. [Slide 37] Below average (29 December 2011) by mooncoin. Available from The fool on the hill: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/1621763, accessed 4 March 2012. [Slide 14] Christmas Cheviot (27 December 2011) by JennyWrenny . Available from My 35th year: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/1617632, accessed 5 March 2012. [Slide 25] Clock watching (14 April 2011) by iamchrisphoto. Available from iamchris: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/1092326, accessed 4 March 2012. [Slide 5]
  33. 33. Web sites AboutMe: http://about.me Blipfoto: http://blipfoto.com Broughton Spurtle: http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk Centre for Social Informatics: http://www.csi.napier.ac.uk/ Facebook: http://facebook.com Gutenberg parenthesis – print, book and cognition: http://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/institutter_centre/ilkm/forskning/forskningsprojekter/g utenberg_projekt Metro: http://www.metro.co.uk Phil Bradley’s web site: http://philb.com Professor Hazel Hall’s publication page: http://www.soc.napier.ac.uk/~hazelh/esis/hazel_publications.html Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics: http://rkcsi.indiana.edu/ Thomas Pettitt on the Gutenberg parenthesis: http://vimeo.com/10705406 Socialnomics: http://www.socialnomics.net/ (4’26” video The social media revolution 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eUeL3n7fDs)

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