#WebSciResWeek Bursts Into Action
The day kicked with a few talks from the pioneers of the Web Science programme, such as Professor Les Carr, Professor Susan Halford, Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt. Many industry partners and students from within the DTC were in attendance, all excited to see what the projects for the week entailed. A list of 10 different projects were presented by the respective project leaders with some examples of projects looking into Personal Data, Crowdsourcing, Legal Highs, and Government Websites to name a few.
Following this, a poster session commenced with the doctoral training centre students talking about their fascinating and groundbreaking research areas, conversing with industry partners on gathering data and forming professional relationships. The posters detailed a wide range of Web Science research fields from innovation, to health sciences, to social science, computer science, and politics, among others.
The first meeting of all the research groups started following this session. The group which I attended was the Personal Data Observatory group, whom have a focus on categorising particular business models in relation to the use of personal data. We take an organisational approach to understanding the landscape of personal data commercialisation and how other businesses can leverage more ethically, the masses of personal data that is available online.
Group members of Group2 #PersonalData:
Reuben Binns (Group Lead and Web Science DTC Student)
Max Van Kleek (Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Sociam project)
Gareth Beeston (Web Science DTC Student)
Faranak Hardcastle (Web Science Masters Student)
Peter West (Web Science Masters Student)
The work flow was laid out so that each of the respective group members knew their necessary tasks to complete prior to the presentations at the Royal Society in London on the Friday of this week. Some tasks included populating the various spreadsheets with business model, tags and sector data to align to our respective research hypotheses for the week. Some tasks were assigned to the computer experts in the group with regards to producing open formats of data so that they can be visualised. In the days that follow we hope to produce aesthetically pleasing visualisations that are grounded in solid personal data research. In addition a white paper is potentially to be produced for businesses to use as a guideline for the use of personal data within a business model.
A Week of Cutting-Edge Research
Following a day of talks and sessions on the Web Science research, sessions were lead by Richard Jones from the National Cybercrime Unit and Glen Hart from @OrnanceSurvey. Richard Jones talked about how offenders get into cybercriminality in the first place and the respective consequences this has on the the NCU. He notes that particular character and personality traits of specific offenders and details how cybercriminals get introduced into the criminal world. Questions were posed to better understand the mindset of a cybercriminal aiming to produce plans on how it can be stopped at the source.
Glen Hart takes to the stage talking about the relationship between the Web Science DTC and Ordnance Survey. Glen details opportunities regarding mapping systems and the Web, and how they can be developed in the near future using interdisciplinary study. He notes how mapping systems require to be flexible and adaptive so that they are able to keep in with the particular changes in the technological, social and organisational climates.
Following this session, our group reconvened in the airport lounge to further develop the data spreadsheet ready for a D3 visualisation at the end of the week. Producing more consistent, refined and complete data would allow for a comprehensive and clear data visualisation that could be repurposed into a white paper for organisations and an academic paper, that enables users and organisations to better understand, respectively, how their data is leveraged and how to better use personal data within their business model.
The Final Day
An early coach ride up from Highfield Campus took us to the amazing Royal Society, the place for the creme-de-la-creme of academia and research. Professor Susan Halford talked about the outstanding, cutting-edge research that had occurred during the course of the week. Students, industry partners and academics all working in alliance to achieve some groundbreaking research in personal data, web product discovery, crowdsourcing, among others.
Group 2 walk up to the prestigious podium looking to wow the audience with their research outputs of the week. First, Reuben Binns announced the connection between the @WebSciDTC and our sponsors, Cntrl Shift Consultants and what impact personal data is having on our day-to-day lives on the Web. Subsequently, Gareth Beeston noted the personal data landscape and how this relates to the business models that we see across the length and breadth of the Web in this current organisational climate. Peter West takes to the podium to show-off the amazing visualisations we have produced as a result of the research week. These detailed the links and trends in the personal data landscape and shows the emerging markets relating to personal data.
A whole host of talks followed, with Professor Hugh Davis, talking about how MOOCs have the potential to disrupt HE if not marketed correctly, and Professor Dame Wendy Hall to close the outstanding conference and the research week. A poster session was provided as an exit to the conference with industry partners and students talking about how research and industry could be intertwined through the Web Science DTC.
We look forward to another amazing research week next year, and we would like to thank all those involved for the organising and running of the week.
Follow this link to our storify of the week: http://sfy.co/qQ3Q