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My presentation today to new MSc students on building your online brand, also demonstrating the usefulness of Slideshare.

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Open Data Open Day

Meet the Open Data team! We’re putting on an open day for all members of the university to come and discover what we do and how open data can help. We’ve booked the Access Grid Room and the Coffee Room in Building 32 (EEE) and will be running a series of talks, workshops and general ‘get to know us’ sessions throughout the day.

Currently confirmed:

Talks from members of the University community on how open data has helped them.
Tutorials from the Open Data Service – how to help us to help you.
Demos of some of the cool stuff we’ve done and sneak peeks of what we’re currently working on.
Hacking sessions for technical people who want to get their hands dirty.
Free food and coffee, sponsored by the Digital Economy USRG!

This is a free event, and will be running across the entire day, please feel free to drop in even if you can only spare 10 minutes.

NOTE: If you have any data, no matter how trivial it may seem, please bring it along! We can read most types of database, spreadsheets and documents, and will have hackers on hand all day who will endeavor to make it into something that benefits you, and the wider university community.

Here is the Facebook Page and more information is available

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Tweet summary of great #web observatory event at #ODI


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#WebSci13 is just 3 weeks away…

It is not too late to book your place in Paris :-)

The Web demands new ways of working across traditional academic disciplines. Web Science builds skills and expertise in the technical underpinnings of the Web, the social processes that have shaped its evolution, and the impact of the Web on society. The presentations at #WebSci13 will address these contemporary issues across a wide range of applications from healthcare to cybersecurity.

While the deadlines for presenting have now passed, registrations from businesses, academics, policy makers and students who would like to attend the event are most welcome.

Some of the highlights you can expect at the Conference are:

Day 1 – Thursday 2nd May

Keynotes from Vint Cerf, co-inventor of TCP/IP and “Father of the Internet”, and Cory Doctorow, novelist, technology activist and co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing. There will also be paper presentations on a wide range of cutting edge Web Science projects, a lively Pecha Kucha session of short sharp talks and an evening Reception.

Day 2 – Friday 3rd May

A full day of poster sessions, papers and panels – followed by an evening banquet on the Seine.

Day 3 – Saturday 4th May

Debate how the web is revolutionising society, and the event concludes with a final selection of papers.

A draft programme is now available

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Invitation to Web Science Industry Week

The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre has put together a programme of activities in collaboration with the business community that will provide students with some incredible opportunities for their current research training and future career:

(1) Industry Week 3-7 December 2012

A programme of lunchtime industry seminars in the week December 3rd-7th. Over the five days, fifteen companies from various sectors will be talking about the challenges that they see the web providing, giving students the opportunity to seek out industry-relevant research questions.

Digital Economy members may be particularly interested in attending the lunch on Wednesday 5th in Building 58/1007 from 12 until 2pm in which Julius Duncan, the Marketing Director of Headstream and Chair of the Creative Digifest Panel, will be amongst the businesses discussing the challenges posed by recent web developments. Professor Vladimiro Sassone, Director of the Centre of Excellence in CyberSecurity Research will introduce the Centre and discuss its relevance to the business community. He will also introduce the cybersecurity research student projects underway at Southampton.

From 4pm on this same day (5th December) the Digital Economy USRG will be running an informal ‘Social Media Tips and Tricks’ session open to staff, students and industry guests featuring a number of lightning talks about new tools and time saving practices.

(2) Industry Forum 7-8 February 2013

This year the plan is to build on the research questions uncovered at the Industry Week, in a two-day workshop that allows brainstorming of solutions and on-going research proposals in small groups.

(3) Directors’ Dinner 18 April 2013

Business Solent will be inviting 40 of their regional business network’s company directors to meet the DTC students over dinner and to hear brief presentations about the outcomes from the Industry Week and Forum. This will then lead into a future round of invitations for industry seminars and research workshops, supported by Business Solent.

The aim of these events is to give students experience of turning their increasing research maturity into business leadership. This applies at whatever stage they are at in the programme, as they will be working together as a cohort, and supporting each other in teams.

If you would like to attend any of these events, please fill out THIS DOODLE POLL to confirm your attendance.

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Web Science Industry Week and Digital Economy Lunch

Digital Economy USRG members are invited to participate in Web Science Industry Week, which will be held at the Highfield Campus every day from Monday 3rd December to Friday 7th December 2012 (12:30 to 14:00) with the exception of Friday when we will start at 11:00 and finish at 12:30. Lunch will be provided.

Invited companies will be making presentations to University staff, MSc and PhD students on the specific opportunities and challenges posed by the Web to their business. Hopefully this will lead to on-going research and education partnerships and continued work at the DTC’s Industry Forum in February 2013. After the presentations there will be time for discussions and informal networking .

More details on the speakers, topics and timings will be available nearer the time.

On 5th December, this event will be run in conjunction with a Digital Economy lunch in which the industry speakers will be invited by DE USRG members to explore the role of the digital economy in their businesses. Please contact us with suggested speakers from your own areas of expertise.

After the lunch, there will be an informal afternoon event run by the DE USRG and supported by the Student Digital Champions, showcasing a wide range of social media ‘tips and tricks’ to make life and study at University run more smoothly. Topics to be covered will include Pinterest, Weibo, ScoopIt,, iPad applications and many more. If you would like to volunteer a short talk and demonstration, please let us know. Seasonal refreshments will be provided, and this may even extend to pizza or curry if demand dictates…

The Web Science Industry Week is being supported by:

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Digital Futures in Aberdeen

The DE USRG will be represented by approximately 16 delegates at Digital Futures 2012 next week, all of whom are involved in posters, papers, or demos. These include seven papers, demos or posters by students from the RCUK DE Web Science DTC.


Delivering the Smart Grid: How digital technologies can change the way we generate, consume and think about energy – Alex Rogers




Other Web Science DTC students in attendance

You can follow the @sotonDE people attending Digital Futures 2012 via our DigitalFutures list.

UPDATE: Nicole Beale’s summary of the event can be found here

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Social Media at the Creative DigiFest #SXSC2

Originally published on the Digital Economy blog

Alison and Lisa preparing for #SXSC2 in Garden Court

The #SxSC2 event provided us with an additional opportunity to develop our DE USRG SMiLE project. The Social Media in Live Events project is exploring the practical, ethical, policy, data mining and management issues surrounding the use of technologies such as twitter and Facebook as a deliberate component in events. The project began with the planning of the CAA 2012 conference in early 2012. For the #SxSC2 event we were keen to build on the lessons learned from CAA2012. In particular:

  1. Build a community around the event in advance e.g. via the successive bio blog posts added each day for the two weeks prior to #SxSC2, and creation of #SxSC2 twitter lists to help attendees to follow other attendees and speakers before and after the event.
  2. Encourage attendees with no social media experience to learn more about it and, if wanted, provide a quick introduction to tools such as twitter.
  3. Provide practical support for extensive social media use e.g. charging stations, signs detailing hash tags etc.
  4. Raise awareness of issues raised via social media during the meeting in a way that exposed them to non-SM users e.g. use of on screens and subsequent storifys
  5. Share video interviews and photographs with linked SM straight after the event to help communication of key ideas
  6. Create a social media archive of the event and demonstrate the potential of such an archive, particularly in the context of work by the Web Observatory and in relation to the JISC DataPool project.
  7. Encourage users to meet one-another physically, building on SM connections e.g. by printing SM icons on delegate badges.

The #digichamps played a vital role throughout the #SxSC2 event, organising, training, capturing and editing content and developing the community. You can learn more about their activities on the Digital Champions pages.

However, we didn’t manage to do everything that we planned. For example, we had hoped to print out emerging issues and enable users to meet physically in areas designated via hash tags used in the twitter feed. We could also have made far greater use of’s extensive functionality as a means to add gamification components to #SxSC2. We had discussed various means to encourage physical meetings including use of mobile phone apps. to help serendipitous and deliberate encounters. Each of these will be explored further as we plan for #SxSC3.


We are collating a list of #SxSC2 storifys.

Photos from the event will be uploaded to the sotonDE flickr stream.

You can access the #SxSC2 page on There is also a post by the team about the event.

Creative Digifest top trending on Twitter in the UK with Leaderboarded
All those who tweeted with the event hash tag #SxSC2 got into the event leaderboard. The players’ performance was ranked by their Twitter activity, Kred influence and Kred outreach weighted 40/30/30 correspondingly. The trendiness attracted lots of spambots, which were easily excluded from within the Leaderboarded application. [...] (12th October)


A total of 222 people registered to attend the #SxSC2 event and approximately 200 attended, with a quarter being external guests from a wide range of industries. The internal attendees came from across the University of Southampton.

So far there have been 109 views of the films (which are available at

The streaming video during the event was watched at least 68 times. We have edited footage in preparation from SUSU.TV including recordings of all talks. We are exploring ways to link the video content to the social media content that surrounded.

The sotonDE blog received 554 new visitors in the week of the conference, and it crept onto the first page of a search for ‘digital economy’.

During the event there were 59 shares of the live feed, 99 of the bio pages (in total), 144 of the programme of SxSC2 and 21 of the pre-event videos.

We have started to analyse the social media activity, starting with the twitter feed. As part of the JISC DataPool we established an internal ePrints archive of #SxSC2 tweets. So far this holds a total of 1908 tweets. Here is some summary information:

Top Hashtags

#sxsc2 762
#SXSC2 694
#SxSC2 448
#digichamps 44
#digitalvertigo 21
#webscience 17
#keen 15
#SxSc2 11
#privacy 11
#DigiChamps 11
#sxsc 10
#WebScience 10
#digitallite… 9
#susutvcomme… 9
#portusproject 9
#DigitalVertigo 7
#digichamp 7
#SocialMedia 7
#unisouthampton 7
#WebObservatory 7
#webobservatory 7
#ReasonsWhyI… 6
#multisoton 6
#digitalsurrey 6
#Sxsc2 6
#SMiLE 5
#tagcloud 5
#creativedig… 5
#exciting 5
#equality 5
#Creative 4
#fote12 4
#siliconvalley 4
#somethingus… 4
#wiset 4
#Digichamps 4
#TheIncredibles 4
#socialmedia 4
#Digital 4
#fireupyourf… 3

Top Mentions

@ajkeen 238
@lisaharris 125
@unisouthampton 90
@SxSC 83
@sotonDE 77
@amir_arya 72
@AbigailH 45
@DameWendyDBE 41
@fionajharvey 36
@doclorraine 36
@Farnooshbr 33
@katiepiatt 32
@madelinep 30
@C01Clem 29
@grace_epark 27
@raminetinati 26
@SUSUtv 26
@tobyberesford 25
@richardgomer 25
@multisoton 21
@lescarr 21
@CeliaLacy 19
@OlympicKelvin 19
@guy1067 17
@adders 16
@leaderboarded 16
@pPuuPpo 15
@FloBroderick 15
@ringmktgx 14
@IvanMelendezCh 14
@juliusduncan 13
@Imagenaciones 12

Retweet and Mention networks

As part of our collaboration with the Web Observatory Ramine Tinati from the RCUK DE WebSci DTC has undertaken some initial analysis:

“Below are some basic statistics, plus some network graphs of the Retweet and Mention networks. I’ve also included a ‘classified’ retweet network graph, which represents the highly retweeted, and well-connected users within the #sxsc2 conversation.

“The classified network retweet graph enables a much clearer view of who has been not only influential within the Twitter conversations, but also who might be worth following or aggregating, potentially acting as valuable sources of information or content. The Red nodes (circles) represent users who have been highly retweeted within the network, and the Yellow nodes are those that have been aggregators of this content. Other users (the blue and the green nodes) do play a supplementary role within this network, facilitating the spread of content (Tweets, URLs, media) within the Twitter conversation, but the roles we are interested in (for the purpose of the observer) are the red and yellow nodes. This analysis is scale independent, and is based upon the dynamic properties of individuals within a Twitter conversation network, rather than the volume of Tweets or their static friends/follower network.”

More details of the methods employed are introduced in the following eprint.

Identifying communicator roles in Twitter
Tinati, Ramine, Carr, Leslie, Hall, Wendy and Bentwood, Jonny (2012) Identifying communicator roles in Twitter. In, Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND 2012), Lyon, FR, 16 – 20 Apr 2012. 8pp. (Submitted). [...]

Video showing evolving tweet network by @raminetinati

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A few thoughts on the Web Science Conference

Just back from a great Web Science event in Koblenz. Social network analysis was by far the most dominant theme, and the full selection of papers can be accessed here.

Where were the business peeps though? A commercial perspective on some of these great ideas would have been very useful. For example, Karolin Kapler’s excellent presentation titled ‘social media as a new social fetish’ has significant relevance to marketers tempted to evaluate the impact of Facebook communities on the basis of ‘likes’. Karolin discussed the trend of ‘interpassivity’ where users substitute an online action for a ‘real’ one – for example, setting up an impressive selection of RSS feeds does not mean that any of them are actually read, or ‘liking’ a particular cause may not necessarily lead to a charitable donation. Businesses who are currently paying out cash or other benefits for ‘likes’ on their page ought to bear this phenomenon in mind…

For a tweet-sized flavour of the conference, check out the Alchemist analysis

And the Rhine boat trip was fabulous J

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Free Conference for Potential Web Science PhD Students

If you are shortly to graduate you might like to apply for a place at the conference ‘Profiting From The Web’, 2pm on 23 May 2011 at the Royal Society in London.  This event is free and there are 25 places available for students interested in the Web and who are potential or current applicants for a £13k studentship to study for a PhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, will be leading the discussions, and as well as being part of a top international event there will be an opportunity to talk to current students and lecturers and find out more about what it might be like to study the web at Southampton.

The event is being attended by some of the top academics and industry bodies from around the world.  To find out more about the event go to:

To apply for a place, please fill in the online booking form

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