31.1.09

[google boggled]


From the BBC: "'Human error' hits Google search

Google's search service has been hit by technical problems, with users unable to access search results.

For a period on Saturday, all search results were flagged as potentially harmful, with users warned that the site "may harm your computer.

Users who clicked on their preferred search result were advised to pick another one.

Google attributed the fault to human error and said most users were affected for about 40 minutes.

"What happened? Very simply, human error," wrote Marissa Mayer, vice president, search products and user experience, on the Official Google Blog.

The internet search engine works with stopbadware.org to ascertain which sites install malicious software on people's computers and merit a warning.

Stopbadware.org investigates consumer complaints to decide which sites are dangerous.

The list of malevolent sites is regularly updated and handed to Google.

When Google updated the list on Saturday, it mistakenly flagged all sites as potentially dangerous.

"We will carefully investigate this incident and put more robust file checks in place to prevent it from happening again," Ms Mayer wrote."


After the BBC story google updated theirs (they noted that changes are marked in blue):

"If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message "This site may harm your computer" accompanied each and every search result. This was clearly an error, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users.

What happened? Very simply, human error. Google flags search results with the message "This site may harm your computer" if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers.
We maintain a list of such sites through both manual and automated methods. We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with criteria for maintaining this list, and to provide simple processes for webmasters to remove their site from the list."







28.1.09

[phd position: social media]

Jobs at Association of Universities in The Netherlands - VSNU

PhD Position in Sociality and Social Media

University of Amsterdam

(Noord-Holland), hours per week

Job description
We are seeking an individual who is excited about engaging in multidisciplinary approaches to studying information, communication and related technologies in a social context. The appointee will be expected to conduct research on sociality and social media; the research should lead to international journal publications and a PhD thesis. The research can combine multiple methods of investigation, qualitative as well as quantitative. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Rik Maes and Dr Ard Huizing, who have extensive experience in guiding doctorate students' research, and can provide guidance in a wide range of research methods as well as access to a large set of local and multinational organizations.

Human relationships are increasingly mediated by social media such as social networking sites, micro-blogging services and social recommendation sites. Such new media are said to host new forms of group interaction and togetherness. Appealing to the human tendency to bind oneself with others and thus to form and join groups to engage in interdependent relationships, they afford sociality. In turn, the design and usage of social media are continually re-created and reshaped by participants or members translating, enacting and modifying these technologies to suit their various contexts. This project will explore the co-constitutive interplay between sociality and social media, and the implications of this interplay for design and design theory. Theoretical lenses are provided by those who theorize such notions as ‘object-centred sociality' or ‘the materialization of the subject', which are mainly being developed in social theory, social studies of technology and, increasingly, organization theory. The particular research questions will be framed in line with the interests of the PhD candidate.

Requirements
Required education/skills:
  • Master's degree in one of the social sciences (e.g. Information or Communication Science, Management or Business Studies, Sociology or Anthropology)
  • Interest (and preferably experience) in field research
    Demonstrated mastery of both written and spoken English
  • Determination to complete a PhD degree within four years
Job type: Research / Advising
Workfield(s):
- Research trainees, non-tenured lecturers, researchers(Scientific discipline: Economics)

Organization
University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world center for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) at the University of Amsterdam conducts international research and provides academic courses in information management/systems, accounting, finance, management, organization behaviour, strategy and marketing, economics, and econometrics. The Amsterdam Business School and the Amsterdam School of Economics form part of the FEB.

The Amsterdam Business School's Information Management section is seeking an outstanding individual to fill a PhD student position in the area of sociality and social media.

Conditions of employment
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: see below
Additional conditions of employment:
The appointment will initially be for 1.5 year, to be extended to a total of 4 years upon excellent performance (an evaluation will be held after 8 and 14 months). The salary will be in accordance with the university's regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2042 (first year) up to a maximum of €2612 (final year) gross per month. The collective employment agreement of the Dutch universities will be applicable. The PhD thesis should be finalized within four years. In this period, the candidate will be expected to do some teaching (20% of the time).

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr Huizing
Telephone number: 31-20-525-4356
E-mail address: im-phd@uva.nl

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links:
Application
You can apply for this job before 06-04-2009 (dd-mm-yyyy) by sending your application to:

Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam

E-mail: applications-feb@uva.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancynumber AT 09-5006.




26.1.09

[viral video for ai - win some money]

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The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour

AISB Video Competition

This is a call to both AISB members and non-members to take part in a competition for an online video clip that will contribute to the public understanding of any aspect of the area known as Artificial Intelligence. The video material should be in English, of three minutes maximum duration, and available online (e.g., on YouTube).

Submissions should take the form of an email with the URL to the videomaterial, contact details of the participant(s), and a free-form statement from all authors stating that the submission is their own work, and that they grant the SSAISB non-exclusive rights to use it as it finds appropriate. Deadline for all submissions is 23:59 GMT on 15 March 2009. All submissions should be sent to video_competition@aisb.co.uk. The submissions will be evaluated by a panel of three AISB members, of which two student members (all selected and appointed by the AISB committee).

There will be 3 prizes of £300, £150 and £75. The panel reserves the right to withhold a prize if no submission is deemed appropriate. All panel decisions are final and cannot be contested.


see more about the call here: http://www.aisb.org.uk/publicunderstanding/video_competition.shtml



nb: image from wired



25.1.09

[employment: multidisciplinary post doc]

OII logoOxford Internet Institute, University of OxfordOII logo
Oxford Internet Institute

University of Oxford

RESEARCH STAFF GRADE 8 (£36,532 to £43,622 p.a.)

We are seeking a Research Fellow to complement our multidisciplinary team undertaking research into the societal implications of the Internet and related information and communications technologies. This Fellowship offers post doctoral researchers of outstanding promise or distinction an opportunity to pursue advanced research within this field.

Our preference is for candidates with a strong theoretical and/or methodological background in computer science, law or one of the following social science disciplines: communication, information, media studies, economics, political science, social psychology or sociology; and with an interest in research which will complement one of the OII's current research areas.

These concern the role of the Internet and ICTs in: everyday life and work; government and democracy; research and learning; shaping the Internet; and issues of theory and policy that cut across these settings. Applications from those with a track record of multi-disciplinary research on the societal implications of the Internet and/or related policy issues who have doctorates in other relevant disciplines will also be welcomed.

Based in the heart of Oxford, this post is available from October 2009 for two years in the first instance with the possibility of renewal thereafter.

How to apply

Grade 8 Fellow Application Pack (pdf, 100kb)

Further information, including details of how to apply, may be obtained from Nicola McVay, Administrative Officer, Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 212330; email: recruit@oii.ox.ac.uk

Applications must reach the Institute by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 25 February 2009. It is expected that interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 March 2009.

Research Fellow (Grade 7)

RESEARCH STAFF GRADE 7 (£28,839 to £35,469 p.a.)

We are seeking a Research Fellow to complement our multidisciplinary team undertaking research into the societal implications of the Internet and related information and communications technologies. This Fellowship offers post doctoral researchers of outstanding promise an opportunity to pursue advanced research within this field.

Our preference is for candidates with a strong theoretical and/or methodological background in computer science, law or one of the social sciences, including communication, information, media studies, economics, political science, social psychology or sociology; and with an interest in research which will complement one of the OII's current research areas.

These concern the role of the Internet and ICTs in: everyday life and work; government and democracy; research and learning; shaping the Internet; and issues of theory and policy that cut across these settings. Applications from those with a track record of multi-disciplinary research on the societal implications of the Internet and/or related policy issues who have doctorates in other relevant disciplines will also be welcomed.

Based in the heart of Oxford, this post is available from October 2009 for two years in the first instance with the possibility of renewal thereafter.

How to apply

Grade 7 Fellow Application Pack (pdf, 100kb)

Further information, including details of how to apply, may be obtained from Nicola McVay, Administrative Officer, Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 212330; email: recruit@oii.ox.ac.uk

Applications must reach the Institute by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 25 February 2009. It is expected that interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 March 2009.



23.1.09

[employment: head of department of media technology]


DMU has been undergoing some changes and one of them is the restructuring of various faculties. There is now a new faculty of technology that is divided into four different departments. The department of media tech. is looking for a head:

Informal enquiries may be made to the Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Professor Adrian Hopgood, on
0116 257 7092 or aah@dmu.ac.uk.

Please include a personal CV as well as a completed application form. Applicants are asked to include a covering letter illustrating how their skills and achievements match the requirements of the job.

Closing date: Monday 16th February

Further details are available from our website; click here.

To apply, click here.
Please quote reference numbers above when applying for a job.

Alternatively telephone 0116 250 6433 (24 hour answerphone)

Or write to:
The Human Resources Team, De Montfort University,
The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH.

22.1.09

[Médias et transdisciplinarité- Michel Cazenave]

As all of you know, my current post as research fellow is dedicated to studying transdisciplinarity which will culminate in the creation of a new academic journal dedicated to transdisciplinary studies in creative technologies. I have been blogging about my journey so far and serendipitously Basarab Nicolescu (can we say "father" of transdisciplinarity...at least in it's contemporary sense?) read a blog post, commented, and since them we have maintained a dialogue. It is this online dialogue which has brought me from the virtual world into the physical (which is Paris) to join the EHESS's annual sessions of seminars in transdisciplinarity (co-organised with Alfredo Pena-Vega).

Michel Cazenave's seminar gave me lots to think about; as I said lastnight when we went to coffee to dissect the talk: "je dois penser encore!" The talk was very philosophical but I suppose that is to be expected from someone who is ecrivain, poète and philosophe. Something that kept coming up was the idea that science (with a capital S) has specific demands and methods which means it operates on a different level of being than transdisciplinary enquiries (one might say this holds also for spiritual, moral, or more "humanities" driven questions).


After the talk there was some time for questions and one came from a woman at the back who asked something that has been posed to me: "give a concrete example of a transdisciplinary..." and in this case it was of a film. Cazenave had a good answer: how to give a concise example for something that is so complex and complicated?




NB: that catchy title of "studies in..." is thanks to Basarab Nicolesu who, while chatting about transdisciplinarity (but of course), noted that aptness of the word "studies."

NB: The top photo is Salle 1 in the EHESS before we began. At the front of the room on the left is Basarab, in the middle with the book is Michel and on the right by the green door is Alfredo.




Addition 23 Jan. 2009: I found this report on an interdisciplinary conference:








19.1.09

[employment residency: Cross-Platform Media Producer]

Jobs at Bournemouth University

Cross-Platform Media Producer

Residence

Ref: MED295
c. £36k - £43.5k per annum

The Media School is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic cross-platform media producer (preferably 0.5 FTE but this is negotiable) to lead seminars/workshops and tutorials in cross-platform media production, explore new methods of learning and advise on curriculum development.

You should be an accomplished cross-platform media producer with significant relevant professional experience. You will be able to make a significant contribution to the delivery of cross platform media practice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of education and to the development of innovative teaching methods and materials. You will also be able to assist our thinking regarding the future of cross-platform practice, as well as supporting our close links with the industry.

The post is offered as a fixed-term contract for up to six months.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Fiona Cownie on fjcownie@bournemouth.ac.uk

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website (www.bournemouth.ac.uk/jobs) together with an online application form. Alternatively, telephone 01202 964846 (24 hour answer phone).quoting the appropriate reference Closing date: 2 February 2009. Interview date: 12 February 2009.



18.1.09

[A Digital Humanities Manifesto]


There are 29 separate points in the UCLA Digital Humanities Centre's manifesto but these stood out for me:

"The first wave was quantitative, mobilizing the vertiginous search and retrieval powers of the database. The second wave is qualitative, interpretive, experiential, even emotive. It immerses the digital toolkit within what represents the very core strength of the Humanities: complexity.

Interdisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity/multidisciplinarity are empty words unless they imply changes in language, practice, method, and output.

The digital is the realm of the open: open source, open resources, open doors. Anything that attempts to close this space should be recognized for what it is: the enemy."


Each paragraph has links to comments from readers too...quite a few are critical...but good for discussion (say hello Digital Cultures' students!!)



15.1.09

[CEDAR: doctoral training and research methods]

AHRC-funded doctoral training scheme, CEDAR (Collaborative Digital Research in the Humanities), organised by the Universities of Bangor (Dr Astrid Ensslin) and Aberystwyth (Dr Will Slocombe).

I'll be running the third session in May at the IOCT at DMU - transliteracy, multimodal writing/reading and (hopefully) the creativity assistant. Attendance is free, and a limited number of travel bursaries are available (see details in attachments). BUT priority is given to Ph.D students who are funded by the AHRC.



Read more about it here:
CEDAR.pdf

Download the registration form here: Cedar_registration.doc






[social networks and adult usage - stats]

From the Pew Internet Report by Amanda Lenhart

The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years -- from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's December 2008 tracking survey.

While media coverage and policy attention focus heavily on how children and young adults use social network sites, adults still make up the bulk of the users of these websites. Adults make up a larger portion of the US population than teens, which is why the 35% number represents a larger number of users than the 65% of online teens who also use online social networks.

Still, younger online adults are much more likely than their older counterparts to use social networks, with 75% of adults 18-24 using these networks, compared to just 7% of adults 65 and older. At its core, use of online social networks is still a phenomenon of the young.

Overall, personal use of social networks seems to be more prevalent than professional use of networks, both in the orientation of the networks that adults choose to use as well as the reasons they give for using the applications. Most adults, like teens, are using online social networks to connect with people they already know.

When users do use social networks for professional and personal reasons, they will often maintain multiple profiles, generally on different sites.

Most, but not all adult social network users are privacy conscious; 60% of adult social network users restrict access to their profiles so that only their friends can see it, and 58% of adult social network users restrict access to certain content within their profile.

View PDF of Report

Other Online Activities & Pursuits Resources

MemoMemo | Adults and Video Games

MemoMemo | Search Engine Use

MemoReport | The Internet and Consumer Choice

MemoReport | Online Shopping

MemoMemo | Increased Use of Video-sharing Sites

Related Topic Areas

Technology & Media Use



13.1.09

[employment: senior researcher future lab]

This position will be of interest to those working in education/pedagogy and new media research:

Jobs at Futurelab Education

Senior Researcher

£41,000-£47,000
BRISTOL

Futurelab aims to transform the way people learn by using technology & innovation to create educational resources that are involving, interactive & imaginative.

We are currently looking to recruit a senior researcher to join our educational research team

You will manage a small team undertaking programmes of desk research, consultation, events & publications activities in order to make significant evidence-based contributions to debates on education in the 21st Century. We're looking for either a field researcher (ideally PhD or equivalent) with teaching experience or an educational practitioner with research experience.

As a manager of research project teams and programmes, you will work collaboratively to ensure effective delivery of research objectives and timely reporting to clients. You will generate new ideas for R&D activity & will bid for financial support for these ideas.

You will have experience of both producing & editing high quality, accessible written outputs, and have presentation skills that engage a range of audiences. You will build partnerships and represent an organisation with a reputation for inspiring educational innovation & change.

This role demands a versatile, hands-on approach from a team player with a genuine enthusiasm for education & new technologies.

Interest in the aims of Futurelab will ensure you make your mark in one of the most dynamic organisations in the education arena.

Application packs (sorry, NO CVs) for both roles can be downloaded from:
www.futurelab.org.uk/jobs

Futurelab , 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5UH
Tel: 0117 915 8203


Closing date for both posts is Sunday 25 January 09



8.1.09

[elements of digital storytelling]



Check out this amazing project over at the University of Minnesota. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Institute for New Media Studies and The Media Center - Nora Paul and Christina Fiebich - address questions like:

What is unique about the digitial environment? How do users respond to it? How
can its potential be maximized? The Institute for New Media Studies and New
Directions for News are investigating these questions.
The Elements of Digital Storytelling site provides a:

  • Taxonomy of digital storytelling

  • Analysis of current practices

  • Clearinghouse of effects research

  • Showcase of innovative story forms

  • Forum for discussion






6.1.09

[digital storytelling project: students & elderly]

The Charlestown Digital Story Project teams UMBC students with residents of Charlestown Retirement Community to create digital stories. Drawn from the life experiences of the residents, the stories combine narration, animation, photos and music in short movies to be shared with others. Residents work closely with student partners, acting as author and creative director of their individual story. Each student brings their own style and talents to the project, helping to create some unique examples of intergenerational storytelling.

Over thirty stories have been produced to date. In 2007, the project was recognized with a
Bronze Telly Award.

The project is organized by the
New Media Studio with funding from Retirement Living TV.



See a video about the project here.

There are also links to the stories on the above link.



2.1.09

[multimodal narratives :: nonfiction]

Enjoying some downtime over the holidays and catching up on fun reading. While doing so I came across a variety of new media narratives. This one, Storm Stories, uses photos and videos with a focus on user-generated content.

Also have a look at the Wisconsin State Journal's Down to a Whisper on the loss of Native languages. There are images, video and the most interesting bit is the option to listen to Native languages; choose paragraphs, sayings or even just vowel sounds.


Time's person of the year, Barack Obama. Are you connected?