[jisc funding]

JISC has recently updated the future calls section of its website and now shows planned Grant calls and Invitations To Tenders from August 2010 to July 2011.

Details of the calls can be found via the following link http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/futurecalls.aspx

Further information relating to the calls and ITTs will be posted to JISC Announce as these are issued.


[cfp: communication technologies]

Proposal Submission Deadline extended to September 24th, 2010

Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use

A book edited by John Lannon (University of Limerick, Ireland), Edward F. Halpin (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK) and Steven Hick (Carleton University, Canada)
To be published by IGI Global
Website: http://tinyurl.com/33hy2zw

Intergovernmental agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations are now using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to collect, organize and disseminate information on peoples' rights, the promotion of human rights, and the protection of individuals and communities at risk. These efforts have moved beyond the traditional human rights regime, as more attention is being paid to rights based approaches to development, and to the interconnectedness of environmental protection, climate change and the wellbeing of humanity. As a result, ICT policies and practices are having an even more far-reaching effect on the enjoyment of human rights by all.

Since 2001 ICTs have transformed the capacity of organisations, movements and oppressed communities to highlight human rights abuse, and to advocate for causes and victims of oppression. They make it easier to share and to access information; they facilitate human rights data aggregation and analysis; they offer innovative tactical approaches to campaigning; and they precipitate real-world campaigning and lobbying activities. They enable global participation, and give local actors and previously invisible groups international visibility. At the same time the features that make ICTs an effective tool for the promotion and protection of human rights also make them useful in the exploitation of people and the violation of human rights. They contribute directly and indirectly to the abuse of children, for example; they facilitate the distribution of material that is hostile to racial and religious groups; they threaten the security and the privacy of individuals; and they contribute to the operation of international trafficking and other criminal activities.

Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use will provide a comprehensive examination of the use and application of information and communication technologies in the world of human rights. This will contribute significantly to understandings of the impact of ICTss on the promotion and protection of human rights in societies around the world.

This book will provide a valuable tool and insight for academics from a range of fields, including information management, information systems, communications, information technology, international relations, human rights, politics, law, and sociology. It will also be useful to international non-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, and governments, for policy and practice.

RECOMMENDED TOPICS include, but are not limited to, the following:
- the impact of ICT policies on human rights;
- the role of information in the promotion and protection of human rights;
- the opportunities and pitfalls of ICTs for human rights campaigning;
- ICTs and human rights education;
- Human rights activism in the information age;
- communication rights, privacy and free speech;
- human rights and the Internet;
- ICTs and gender-based rights
- Information systems deployment in human rights
- Mobile technologies and their application to human rights
- Human rights organizations and the application/deployment of ICT
- Information security
- Information poverty, exclusion, and social, economic and cultural implications

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 27th, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 8th 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 17th, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com . This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

August 27, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
October 8, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
December 17, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
February 18, 2011: Review Results Returned
May 20, 2011: Final Chapter Submission
September 30, 2011: inal Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
John Lannon
Centre for Information and Knowledge Management
S1-20, Kemmy Business School,
University of Limerick,
Tel.: +353 87 8225087 E-mail: john.lannon@ul.ie


[phd scholarship]


THE PROJECT: The Circus Oz Living Archive: developing a model of online digital engagement for the performing arts

The successful applicant will have demonstrated capacity in any or all of new media, networked media, online video, interaction design or participatory and social media. In addition you will be excited by the prospect of helping to develop innovative approaches to social media in the context of online video and performing arts audiences.

As a PhD candidate on this ARC funded project you will be supervised by Associate Professor Laurene Vaughan and co-supervised by Dr. David Carlin and Adrian Miles. This digital media candidate will receive training in practice based research methodologies, with a particular orientation towards user centred design and interaction design. In addition you will undertake qualitative research into new media, Web 2.0, social media, and online video to inform the development and critical appraisal of all prototypes. You will be expected to develop an understanding of contemporary issues and practices in terms of the digital humanities with a specific emphasis on video within Web 2.0 systems and the development of innovative narrative and documentary possibilities through the utilisation of existing archival material online.

As this position is situated within the Circus Oz, Living Archive research project, the successful application will collaborate with a computer science PhD candidate as we work towards the creation of the Living Archive. As such the computer science candidate will compliment your area of expertise in the project and focus on building a content based image retrieval (CBIR) system using public domain image retrieval software, and investigating how the content based image retrieval may supplement the social media video archive as a search mechanism.

This PhD scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of AUD26,533 per annum for three years. There are also limited funds to support the candidate is disseminating their research outcomes throughout their study program in conjunction with the other project researchers. The position is full time, and is based at RMIT’s city campus, in Melbourne, Australia.

Potential applicants are invited to contact the project leader, Dr David Carlin [david.carlin@rmit.edu.au, or phone 03 99253934], for more information.

To apply, please send an Expression of Interest by email to Dr David Carlin.
Your Expression of Interest (two pages) should include the following information:
1. Why you are interested in the position.
2. Academic Qualifications (include years of enrolment, date completed or expected to complete, name of institution, Hons and/or Masters level of award if applicable)
3. Professional Experience – provide details (including duration) of any professional experience, previous and current, relevant to your application. You can also include relevant professional development such as workshops and conferences.
4. Publication Details and/or Folio – if you have authored, exhibited or produced works relevant to your application please provide full details of the publication or exhibition including level of authorship, extent of involvement and whether the work was refereed, assessed or judged. Attach the front page for text publications, and the relevant page of an exhibition catalogue or programme.
Please also attach links to authored or produced works accessible for viewing online.
5. Research Experience – please provide details of any research experience relevant to your application. Research experience can include involvement in other forms of original work, authorship and creativity. If any of the qualifications you listed in (2) above involved research
please provide specific details.

Expressions of Interest close on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010.

See here for further details:

Note: image from circus archive.


[screen names & online dating]

What's in a Screen Name? Attractiveness of Different Types of Screen Names Used by Online Daters 
Monica T. Whitty1, Tom Buchanan2 
1Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, 2University of Westminster, United Kingdom 
Abstract: This paper examined whether different types of screen names offer advantages when it comes to attracting a partner on dating sites. In the pilot study, we conducted a content analysis of real screen names to develop a typology of screen names. In the main study, we explored whether the typology predicted online daters' ratings of names, and compared the types of names that appealed to men and to women. Men more than women were attracted to screen names that indicated physical attractiveness, and women more than men were attracted to screen names that indicated intelligence or were neutral. Similarly, men more than women were motivated to contact screen names which indicated physical attractiveness and women more than men were more motivated to contact screen names which indicated intellectual characteristics or were neutral. These findings indicate that different types of screen names may elicit different reactions.
Keywords: Online dating, Internet dating, screen names, attraction, gender differences, Internet relationship


[post doc: social impacts of tech.]

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Impacts of Technology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham

Dr. Shelia Cotten, a professor in the Sociology and Social Work department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow for a 1-2 year postdoc position. The position is available immediately but the start date is somewhat negotiable. The postdoc will work with Dr. Cotten to analyze data from existing research projects and to collect survey, interview, and observational data on upcoming research projects. Projects focus on technology usage across the life course and the social impacts of this usage, thus experience studying either specific age groups, and/or the impacts of technology use, would be preferable but is not required. Dr. Cotten, with funding from the National Science Foundation, is leading the largest study of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop dissemination in the United States. She also has a large NIA grant studying the impacts on quality of life of training older adults in assisted and independent living communities to use computers and the Internet.

A doctoral degree in Sociology, Psychology, Communication, New Media, or a related field is required before beginning the postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must have (1) strong quantitative and/or qualitative analysis skills, (2) experience writing manuscripts, and (3) good organizational and time management skills. Prior publication and grant writing experience will enhance the application.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is a 12 month, full-time appointment, with salary up to $45,000 depending upon qualifications. Benefits are also provided. See http://www.postdocs.uab.edu/ for more information on postdoc benefits at UAB. Funding may be available to support travel for conference presentations.

Submit the following application materials as attachments via email to Dr. Shelia Cotten - cotten@uab.edu. Please use the following email subject line: Technology Postdoc Position.
- Cover letter describing training, skills, research interests and how they fit with those described in the position advertisement, and why you’re interested in this position.
- Names and contact information for three references
- An up to date curriculum vitae

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

UAB is a Carnegie designated RU/VH: Research University institution with a population of approximately 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  UAB’s Medical School is in the top 25 in the U.S.  The Department of Sociology and Social Work houses the Center for Social Medicine and is affiliated with the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, the Center for Aging, and others.  The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology, Social Work, and Social Psychology, the MA in Sociology, and the Ph.D. in Medical Sociology.  Metropolitan Birmingham is home to over 1 million people and is at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, with plentiful cultural and recreational opportunities. 

Note: Image from University of Alabama, Birmingham.


[welcome baby]

So, on August 12th, when Baby was due to enter the world, he did. After a long labour (details might come later...) Noah Stephen Luca Laccetti-Pawley joined us at 8:16 am. Lovely, chubby and pink with a mop of black hair, Noah has already brought unfathomable joy and love into our lives.

Here are some early pics of our little bundle of joy:

Here I am with Noah 30 minutes after birth. :)

Here's the new Baby-Daddy with little Noah, 120 min after birth.

Day two with Dad.

Sleeping with crazy bed head and just minutes before waking up. Here Noah is 3 hours old.

The first morning at home. Day three in Noah's little life. Enjoying a cuddle from a dozy dad!

No worries for Noah here at 3 days.

The morning of day four. I'm up recovering and have just dressed Noah in a little outfit. Now he's ready for more food.


[cfp: social media]

Special issue of Electronic Journal of Communication:  Social Media in News Discourse
Guest Edited by Donald Matheson

As professional media producers pay more attention to social media, from personal blog entries and tweets to Facebook updates and YouTube videos, journalists are faced with numerous decisions. Among these are how to integrate personal and often-relationship-focused media with the public and fact-centered discourse of the news.

This special issue of the Electronic Journal of Communication invites contributions exploring the conventions that are emerging around the use of social media by news organisations, and the implications of those conventions for public communication. Contributions will have as their central concern whether or not the encounter with social media is changing aspects of news journalism.

Deadline for completed manuscripts is November 20, 2010

For the complete call for papers, see http://www.cios.org/www/ejc/calls/socmedia_news.htm

For more information about the issue contact Donald Matheson at donald.matheson @ canterbury.ac.nz

[Digital Media Design Project Leader: de montfort uni]

Circa £20k rising to £22k (according to qualifications, experience and performance) + £4,000 training budget. 

24 months fixed term contract

We are looking for someone with a degree in either Web Design, Interactive Design or similar (min. 2:1) to take ownership of this challenging and demanding role.  Your task will be to investigate, design and implement a range of advanced multimedia, Web 2.0, mobile design and marketing strategies for a national web based local information network. The key aims will be to:

Evaluate existing network and carry out a competitor analysis.
Research emergent web design trends and technologies including mobile location based applications.
Identify and devise market analysis methodology.
Undertake concept testing.
Implement revised digital media design, test and develop online network and mobile applications to produce final versions.
Roll out and launch.
Train in the use, maintenance and promotion of the online network, identify and train key staff in rolling out the network nationally/internationally. 
Create an academic case study.

We are looking for someone who is creative and has excellent digital media design skills and relevant industry experience. The candidate should be proactive, self motivated and enthusiastic, possessing good presentation and communication skills. It would be advantageous to have some knowledge/experience of market research and/or web marketing.

Activ Online Ltd is part of Activ Group who provide a range of products and services aimed at enhancing the development of businesses and entrepreneurs.  Activ Online focuses on online marketing solutions to SME’s across the UK and is seeking a recent graduate as Digital Media Design Project Leader in collaboration with De Montfort University through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme.  www.ktponline.org.uk 

Please quote ref no:  6541

Applications are by standard DMU application form only (cvs will only be accepted in support of an application.) Application forms and further details are available from our website:

Alternatively telephone 0116 250 6433 (24 hour answerphone)

Closing date: 24th September 2010


[mathematics & creativity]

To many, the two words in the title of this blog post probably don't fit together. However, reading Mika Munakata's blog post (she is associate professor of Mathematical Sciences at Montclair State University) over at the Creative Research Centre Blog, shows how the two ideas really align.

She begins by reminding readers of a "classic" mathematical problem:

"in a single-elimination tennis tournament featuring 128 players, how many matches will be played?"

To solve this problem, one would probably need to know "how many matches to schedule, in addition to when to schedule them, and on what courts." To a mathematician this kind of question opens up a myriad ways to be creative:

"One could start by drawing a diagram, or by counting the number of rounds, or by considering a series that includes the number of matches played each round. Depending on the level of mathematical experience and on one’s learning tendencies, the notation used can vary from simple addition to the use of summation or binary decision trees. One can spend minutes, even hours, trying to find a suitable way of expressing the solution."

For the super clever people out there, Munakata explains, they would just *know* the answer. There would be a kind of short-cut way to solve this question. However, keeping the us reading, Munakata refrains from explaining the short-cut. First she notes (quoting Alan Schoenfeld) that this kind of question really isn't a problem but really an exercise:

"A problem is only a problem (as mathematicians use the word) if you don’t know how to go about solving it. A problem that has no ‘surprises’ in store, and can be solved comfortably by routine or familiar procedures (no matter how difficult) is an exercise.” (Schoenfeld, 1983, p. 41)

The most interesting bit of Munakata's post lies here. To be interact, learn and thus engage substantially with maths (or whatever *problem* is at hand - I would hasten to add) "students have to be engaged in true problem solving and allowed to gain ownership of the learning that takes place. Creativity is involved when students are asked to “create” the mathematics, at least for themselves. That is, the problems that the students encounter must be new to them, and they must be encouraged to transfer their mathematics experiences and skills to this new problem. This requires some creativity. Of course, this creation doesn’t happen spontaneously, nor is it independent from practice and mastery."

There are lessons here then both for the student (to engage, gain ownership, explore the "new") and for the teacher as it is the educator's practise and modelling that enables students to use these skills. The key process which must be adequately taught and practised concerns putting into use prior knowledge. That is also a creative act for Munakata.

Interestingly, that short-cut way to solve the initial tennis question really is about reframing the question and taking on a different perspective. Ask yourself how many winners will there be?

Read the entire post here.

Note: Image of Creative Math Camp participants from Connecticut Experiential Learning Center.


[OED goes digital]

Oxford University Press Chooses PubFactory to Develop Oxford English Dictionary

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2010) -  iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, today announced that Oxford University Press (OUP) has chosen iFactory's online publishing platform, PubFactory, to develop the relaunched version of the online Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. The new version of the OED will include the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary and new functionality such as the ability to search and browse the OED by a wide variety of criteria including subject, region, usage, or language of origin; see detailed information about the major sources of the OED; view search results as a timeline; and personalize the resource by saving searches and entries to a personal profile.

"The OED has been a pioneering digital project," said Robert Faber, Editorial Director, Scholarly and General Reference at OUP. "Building a new version is a great opportunity to present the information locked in the OED database in what we believe is a much more accessible, dynamic, and productive way, while maintaining its reliability and scholarly authority. iFactory has been great to work with on such a core project -- they bring real creativity in design, understanding of user behaviour, and engineering savvy, but also understand the importance and value of the OED to its many readers, and to OUP."

Read the entire article here.


[employment: transliteracy researcher]

Fantastic opportunity to work with Professor Sue Thomas:

This post is a unique opportunity to analyse the impact of a group of key social media projects in relation to business innovation and the growing field of transliteracy research. It is ideally suited to a scholar wishing to examine the importance of impact in relation to a substantial example of social media practice. The material to be researched includes archives of the NLab business and social network, including CreativeCoffee Club http://www.creativecoffeeleicester.com , and of Amplified Leicester, a city-wide experiment in social media http://amplifiedcity.typepad.com/leicester/ . The Transliteracy Research Group http://www.transliteracy.com  originated in the Institute of Creative Technologies at DMU and is led by Professor Sue Thomas and Kate Pullinger. The post is managed by Professor Thomas and situated within the Faculty of Humanities. You will also work closely with the Institute of Creative Technologies.

You should already hold a PhD in a related topic and have previous experience of working on research projects including gathering data via interviews and surveys. You should be able to communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically, and be able to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature. It is essential that you are a regular and experienced user of social media and have practical skills in social media applications in either business or academic contexts

Closing date 11 October 2010. The post begins on 10 January 2011.

Read more about the post here.