Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Venue: Executive Boardroom, College Building, Hendon Campus
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Event type: Internal (Limited Availability 20-25 Delegates)
One-Day Workshop Event
Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre For the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos
Carl is the founding Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos. It is the first British think tank unit dedicated to researching and understanding the digital world.
He is interested in how social media is changing politics, society, security and academia. This includes the birth of social media science and SOCMINT (social media intelligence), politics and campaigns on social media, security, terrorism, crime and law enforcement in a digital age. He writes widely on all these issues for Demos, mainstream and academic publications, frequently contributes to Wired and often comments in the national and international press.
He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London, and has been a guest leader-expert on social media for NATO.
Farida Vis, Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project ‘Picturing the social: transforming our understanding of images in social media and big data research’, based at Sheffield University.
Farida is a Faculty Research Fellow in the Information School at the University of Sheffield. focusing on social media, data journalism and citizen engagement. For ten years she has developed critical methods and tools for analysing social media data and completed several high profile interdisciplinary (cross-sector) projects such as ‘Reading the Riots on Twitter’, which examined 2.6 million riot tweets following the UK 2011 summer riots, in partnership with The Guardian and Twitter.
Currently, she is Director of the Visual Media Lab and PI on an ESRC funded project designed to better understand the huge volumes of images now routinely shared on social media and what this means for society. Entitled: ‘Picturing the social: transforming our understanding of images in social media and Big Data research’, it involves an interdisciplinary team of seven researchers from four universities as well as industry.
She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media, is a regular public speaker, and advises UK research councils on developing funding opportunities in social media research
- How can computer science expertise contribute to our ability to pursue social media research through data analytics?
- What is important to research in relation to social media?
- How can we use interdisciplinary expertise to develop these research projects?
To register for this event simply visit the Staff Development Portal or click on the link Social Media Research Workshop Registration.
Facilitator: Jane Arthurs, Professor of Television, Department of Media, Middlesex University.
9:30 Welcome and introduction to the day
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote Speaker – Carl Miller
Carl will talk generally about the rise of social media, and the research opportunities that it offers, and about the methodological and ethical challenges that it poses. He will also discuss some of the most important emerging technologies that this young field is using. In addition he will looking in greater detail at attitudinal analysis of Twitter, and talk about their latest research report: ‘Vox digitas: Understanding digital voices’.
11:30 – 11:45 Refreshment break
11:45 – 13:15 Keynote Speaker – Farida Vis
Farida will talk about her personal experiences of inter/post-disciplinary work on social media, reflecting on what does and doesn’t work and why? A key question is: how can and do we productively talk to each other? She will also explain ‘Picturing the Social’, including the research tool and how they are planning to use the Lab to engage with external stakeholders. She will then offer an overview of free tools currently available for social media research and how we might assess these in relation to different research questions. Finally, she will comment on wider trends within social media research, the changing nature of the funding climate, and point to possible future opportunities we may like to explore.
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00 Research Development Workshop
We will break into groups to discuss and develop research ideas and methods with Carl and Farida present to offer advice and direction. These may concern projects already in development or new initiatives in the early stages or even entirely new ideas stimulated by the mornings presentations. Participants will be free to move around the groups.
16:00 – 16:30 Report back and follow-up plans
Supported by funding from the Centre for Ideas (Cfi) and the School of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University.
Conceived and developed by the Social Media Research Group, Middlesex University. Current membership: Jane Arthurs (Media) Saeed Akhlaghpour (Business) Xiaochun Cheng (Computer Science) Paul Cobley (Media) Theresa Cronin (Media), Pedro DeSenna (Performing Arts) Chris Dromey (Performing Arts) Aidan O’Donnell (Media) Nasreen Hussein (Performing Arts), Josephine Machon (Performing Arts) Edward McCaffery (Media) Kevin McDonald (Sociology and Criminology) Sylvia Shaw (Media) Damian Sutton (Art and Design) Lucia Vodanovic (Media)
Additional members of the group are welcomed from across the university. Please contact Jane Arthurs E: firstname.lastname@example.org.