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September 28, 2015
by Emma White

The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) , of which the Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E), led by the University of Southampton, forms a part, opened its doors to researcher applications in November 2014. Read the rest of this entry →

Happy First Birthday WSI :-)

June 11, 2015
by Lisa Harris via WSI

WSI celebrated its first anniversary at a special event at London’s Digital Catapult Centre on Monday. Happy first anniversary to @sotonWSI! Celebrating today @DigiCatapult looking at the era of #bigdata analytics — Uni of Southampton (@unisouthampton) June 8, 2015 The Digichamps were there providing social media support as detailed in Tim’s review. They also experimented with Periscope: LIVE on …

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Gill Rider gives talk on gender equality at Westminster

June 10, 2015
by Carolin Bothe-Tews via Work Thought Blog

Reblog from A policy briefing on gender equality at work takes place in London this week at which the University Chair of Council, Dr Gill Rider will speak on a panel with others including Baroness Margaret Prosser (Member of the House of Lords), Ceri Goddard (Fawcett Society), Scarlett Harris (TUC) and Lena Levy (CBI). The briefing will take […]

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MOOC Data Visualisation Hackthon

June 5, 2015
by Tim O'Riordan via WSI

Exploring and presenting our research data in a readily understandable visual form is an important aspect of communicating our work. Last week at our inaugural MOOC Data Visualisation Hackthon, members of the Web Observatory team and the Web and Internet Science research group at the University of Southampton get together to share and develop d3 skills, explore new datasets, and make meaningful …

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The era of “big data analytics”

June 3, 2015
by Reuben Binns via WSI

While it may sound like a buzzphrase, there’s no denying that we are well and truly in the era of big data analytics. An ever-increasing portion of our daily lives, business and social relations are mediated by digital platforms and computational processes. The implications of these changes are both dramatic and subtle, and we are still only beginning to understand …

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Microsoft and British Council Deep Learning Event, Kuala Lumpur

May 8, 2015
by Lisa Harris via WSI | WSI

I’m on my way to Kuala Lumpur to talk about MOOCs and Curriculum Innovation at an event organised by Microsoft and the British Council. I’ll update this post with more information, photos etc when I arrive. In the meantime, here are the slides: 1. For the panel discussion (Monday 11th May) Integrating deep learning skills into the curriculum from Lisa …

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Open Data 4 Development Project

May 2, 2015
by Lisa Harris via WSI | WSI

Web Science Researchers Mark Frank and Johanna Walker have completed their Open Data 4 Development project ‘User Centered Methods for Measuring the Value of Open Data’. The project attempts to derive ‘bottom-up’ methods for understanding the most valuable attributes of Open Data by looking at challenges experienced by third sector organisations in the UK and India and establishing what characteristics …

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Lessons from the Zooniverse Project by Chris Lintott

April 26, 2015
by Lisa Harris via WSI | WSI

Professor Chris Lintott’s Distinguished Lecture in tweets and photos as curated by Student DigiChamp Bartosz Paszcza: [View the story “Lessons from the Zooniverse project: Professor Chris Lintott” on Storify]

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Making a Difference – or Maintaining Global Inequalities? Perspectives on International Aid Work

April 6, 2015
by Silke Roth via Work Thought Blog

Aid work – that is work for humanitarian and development agencies is attractive to men and women in all stages of life, after school or university, in mid-life or in retirement. Involvement in development and humanitarian relief promises meaningful and challenging work and provides opportunities for ‘making a difference’. Aid work encompasses a wide range […]

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Social Care staff in the UK: Driving quality or political stagnation?

March 19, 2015
by Luke Goater via Work Thought Blog

The adult social care sector provides care for adults with a range of support needs including those with physical or learning disabilities and older adults, many of whom have dementia. These are some of the most vulnerable members of our society as well as being groups of people who are more likely to have significant […]

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