Professor Ralph Schroeder

 Professor Ralph Schroeder

Ralph Schroeder has interests in virtual environments, social aspects of e-Science, sociology of science and technology, and has written extensively about virtual reality technology. His current research is mainly related to e-science.

Email: ralph.schroeder@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287224

Profile

Ralph Schroeder was formerly Professor in the School of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University in Gothenburg (Sweden). He completed his PhD about Max Weber at the LSE in 1988. His publications include Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (Stanford University Press, 2007) and Being There Together: Social Interaction in Virtual Environments (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is also the author of 'An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century' (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and, with Eric T. Meyer, of 'Digital Transformations of Knowledge' (MIT Press 2013).

He is currently working on the social implications of e-science and on big data in the social sciences.

Research interests

virtual environments, social aspects of e-Science, sociology of science and technology

Positions held at the OII

  • MSc Programme Director, January 2009 -
  • Senior Research Fellow, January 2009 -
  • Director of Research, October 2009 - September 2012
  • James Martin Research Fellow, September 2004 - December 2008

Research

Current projects

  • Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

    January 2014 - March 2015

    The Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project works with data derived from the UK domain crawl from 1996 to 2013, in order to develop a framework for the study of web archive data and produce a major history of the UK web space.

Past projects

  • Data-driven economic models: challenges and opportunities of big data

    August 2013 - January 2014

    The aim of this study is to identify key challenges to the realisation of benefits from big data in the UK economy, along with pathways to overcoming these challenges.

  • Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge

    October 2012 - May 2014

    The project will follow 'big data' from its public and private origins through open and closed pathways into the social sciences, and document and shape the ways they are being accessed and used to create new knowledge about the social world.

  • Using Web Archives: A Futures Perspective

    February - June 2011

    Web archives are the best hope for future researchers to understand the web of yesterday and today, but efforts to ensure that archives will be useful are lagging. This report asks what challenges web archives face, and suggests how to address them.

  • Physical Science Information Practices

    September 2010 - July 2011

    Exploring the information seeking, organizing, archiving and communicating capacities of physical sciences communities as a study case (and role model) for effective information processing regimes and behaviours in complex problem-solving tasks.

  • Humanities Information Practices

    February - November 2010

    Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?

  • eResearch 2020

    February 2009 - February 2010

    Aiming to better understand the organizational, collaborative and technological developments in e-Infrastructures which are effective in supporting virtual research organizations in different fields.

  • Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study

    June 2008 - April 2009

    This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.

  • World Wide Web of Humanities

    April 2008 - March 2009

    Establishing a framework for e-Humanities research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.

  • PEACH: Presence Research in Action

    May 2006 - April 2010

    Presence research focuses on understanding and controlling the cognitive experience of being somewhere, or someone: we are analysing social impact scenarios to raise and address potential ethical and policy issues relating to Presence technologies.

  • Embedding e-science applications: designing and managing for usability

    April 2006 - March 2009

    The 'embedding e-science applications' project addressed the difficulty of managing requirements for usability in e-science projects, and developing collaborative approaches to system development that allow for communication of these requirements.

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    October 2005 - March 2012

    The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.

  • The e-Horizons Institute

    October 2005 - April 2009

    The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.

  • The World Wide Web of Science: emerging global sources of expertise

    April 2005 - March 2006

    The World Wide Web of Science project assesses whether, and to what extent, the Internet and the Web are transforming access to sources of scientific expertise, and whether these sources are becoming more concentrated or more diversified.

  • Living in a Virtual World: Adaptation to the Long-term Uses of Virtual Reality

    July 2001 - June 2004

    A project examining the long-term uses of virtual environments via a combination of experimental and participant observation studies.

  • Networked Immersive Virtual Environments and Long-term Uses of Virtual Environments: Preliminary Studies

    January - December 2000

    An investigation of the uses of virtual environments, including for co-visualization in various domains.

  • Intercultural Communication in Virtual Environments

    June 1999 - December 2001

    A project to study culture and norms in different virtual environments, such as interactions between languages in text-based worlds.

  • Future Directions in Virtual Reality

    February - September 1999

    This project provided an overview of virtual environments in Sweden and beyond, including applications.

  • Multi-User Virtual Reality Technology as a Laboratory for Learning about Social Research: Issues and Prospects

    January 1997 - January 1998

    Funding for fieldwork and report on virtual environments as a tool for social science education.

  • The Sociology of Virtual Reality

    June 1992 - September 1993

    This award provided funding for field visits in the United States and research assistant field work in virtual environment settings.

Publications

Articles

Books

Chapters

  • Oostveen, A.M., Hjorth, I., Pickering, B., Boniface, M., Meyer, E.T., Cobo, C. and Schroeder, R. (2012) Cross-Disciplinary Lessons for the Future Internet. In F.Álvarez et al. (eds) Future Internet - From Technological Promises to Reality. FIA book 2012. Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 7281, pp. 42-54.
  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E. (2012) Digital Transformations of Scholarship and Knowledge. In William Dutton (ed.), The Handbook of Internet Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 307-327.
  • Schroeder, R., den Besten, M. and David, P. (2010) Open Science and e-Science. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 299-316.
  • Schroeder, R. and Fry, J. (2010) Disciplinary Differences in e-Research. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 257-271.
  • Schroeder, R. (2009) Science, Technology and Globalization. In: Ohly, H.-P. (ed.) Globalisierung.
  • Schroeder, R. (2009) Open Science and Collaborative Research in e-Science: Realities of information access policies and practices at the project level. In: J.Hunsiger (ed.) Handbook of Internet Research. London: Springer.
  • Schroeder, R., Fry, J., den Besten, M. and Ackland, R. (2009) Probing Collaborative Activity among e-Science Projects in the UK. In: Anandarajan and Anandarajan (eds) E-Research Collaboration: Frameworks, Tools and Techniques.
  • Schroeder, R. and Fry, J. (2009) Towards a Sociology of e-Research: Shaping Practice and Advancing Knowledge. In: N.Jankowski (ed.) e-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice. New York: Routledge, pp. 35-53.
  • Eynon, R., Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2008) The Ethics of Internet Research. In: N.G.Fielding, R.M.Lee and G.Blank (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. London: Sage, pp. 23-41.
  • Schroeder, R. and Bailenson, J. (2008) Research Uses of Multi-user Virtual Environments. In: N.G.Fielding, R.M.Lee and G.Blank (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. London: Sage, pp. 327-342.
  • Fry, J., Virkar, S. and Schroeder, R. (2008) Search Engines and Expertise about Global Issues: Well-defined territory or Undomesticated Wilderness? In: M.Zimmer and A.Spink (eds) Web Search: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Springer, 255-275.
  • Schroeder, R. and Steed, A. (2007) Collaboration in Virtual Environments: How Copresence, Immersiveness and Technology Shape Interaction. In: Biocca, F. (ed.) Handbook of Virtual Environments.
  • Schroeder, R. (2007) Michael Mann. In: Stones, R. (ed.) Key Sociological Thinkers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.338-54.
  • Axelsson, A.-S., Abelin, A. and Schroeder, R. (2007) Anyone speak Swedish? Tolerance for language shifting in graphical multi-user virtual environments. In: B.Danet and S.Herring (eds) The multilingual Internet: Language, culture and communication online. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 362-381.
  • Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (2006) Avatars at Work and Play: Overlapping Themes and Intersecting Research Agendas. In: Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (eds) Avatars at Work and Play: Collaboration and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. ix-xv.
  • Schroeder, R., Heldal, I., Brathe, L. and Steed, A. (2006) Interaction Fragments influencing Collaboration in Distributed Virtual Environments. In: Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (eds) Avatars at Work and Play: Collaboration and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. 97-130.
  • Schroeder, R., Spante, M. and Axelsson, A.-S. (2006) The Good Inequality: Supporting Group Work in Shared Virtual Environments. In: Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (eds) Avatars at Work and Play: Collaboration and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. 151-166.
  • Schroeder, R. (2006) Introduction: The IEMP Model and its Critics. In: Schroeder, R. and Hall, J. (eds) An Anatomy of Power: Michael Mann's Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-16.
  • Spante, M., Axelsson, A.-S. and Schroeder, R. (2006) The good inequality: Supporting group-work in shared virtual environments. In: R.Schroeder and A.-S.Axelsson (eds) Avatars at Work and Play. Activities in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. 151-166.
  • Schroeder, R. (2002) Preface. In Ralph Schroeder (ed.) The Social Life of Avatars: Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. ix-xiv.
  • Schroeder, R. (2002) Social Interaction in Virtual Environments: Key Issues, Common Themes, and a Framework for Research. In: Ralph Schroeder (ed.) The Social Life of Avatars: Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. 1-18.
  • Nilsson, A., Heldal, I., Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (2002) The Long-term Uses of Shared Virtual Environments: An Exploratory Study. In: Ralph Schroeder (ed.) The Social Life of Avatars: Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments. London: Springer, pp. 112-126.
  • Schroeder, R. (1999) Rethinking Nationalism in the Context of Globalization. In: Kevin Brehony (ed.) Nationalisms Old and New. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 70-86.
  • Schroeder, R. (1998) Introduction. In: Ralph Schroeder (ed.) Max Weber, Democracy and Modernization. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. x-xii.
  • Schroeder, R. (1998) From Weber's Political Sociology to Contemporary Liberal Democracy. In: Ralph Schroeder (ed.) Max Weber, Democracy and Modernization. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 79-92.
  • Schroeder, R. (1997) The Sociology of Science and Technology after Relativism. In: David Owen (ed.) Sociology after Postmodernism. London: Sage, pp. 124-137.
  • Schroeder, R. (1997) Virtual Worlds and the Social Realities of Cyberspace. In: Brian Loader (ed.) The Governance of Cyberspace. London: Routledge, pp. 97-107.
  • Schroeder, R. (1996) From the Great Divide to the Rubber Cage: Gellner's Conception of Science and Technology. In: John Hall and Ian Jarvie (eds) The Social Philosophy of Ernest Gellner. Amsterdam: Editions Rodolpi, pp. 427-443.
  • Giles, W. and Schroeder, R. (1994) La Realité Virtuelle et L'Avenir des Jeux Interactives. Interface to Real and Virtual Worlds. Paris: EC2, pp. 217-230.
  • Schroeder, R. (1994) Virtual Reality in the Real World: History, Applications, Projections. In: Nick Heap et al. (eds) Information Technology and Society. London: Sage.
  • Schroeder, R., Cleal, B. and Giles, W. (1993) Virtual Reality in Education: Some Preliminary Social Science Perspectives. Interface to Real and Virtual Worlds. Paris: EC2, pp. 147-158.
  • Schroeder, R. (1987) Nietzsche and Weber: Two Prophets of the Modern World. In: Sam Whimster and Scott Lash (eds) Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity. London: Allen and Unwin, pp. 207-221.

Conference papers

  • Hale, S.A., Yasseri, T., Cowls, J., Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., and Margetts, H. (2014) Mapping the UK webspace: Fifteen years of British universities on the web. ACM WebSci'14, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Meyer, E.T., and Schroeder, R. (2013) Digital Humanities or Humanities, Digital? Paper presented at Digital humanities: Critical views and experiences, KNAW, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., and Taylor, L. (2013) The Boundaries of Big Data. Paper presented at SIG-SI Symposium, ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2012) The End(s) of e-Research. Paper presented at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Meeting, Salford, UK.
  • Power, L., Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2010) e-Research and the Varieties of Online Collaborative Knowledge. Paper presented at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2012) Big Data: What's New? Paper presented at Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges?, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Schroeder, R. (2012) The Internet, Science, and Transformations of Knowledge. Proceedings of the International Conference for eDemocracy and Open Government (eds, Peter Parycek and Noella Neumann), Krems, Austria, 3-4 May 2012, pp. 25-33.
  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2011) Digital Transformations of Research. Paper presented at A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, University of Oxford.
  • Barjak, F., Schroeder, R., Meyer, E.T., et al. (2010) Mapping the Varieties of e-Research Infrastructure and Virtual Research Communities. Paper presented at UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2010) Digital Data, Styles of Science, and Types of Collaborative Research Organization. Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on the Social Life of Methods, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), St Hugh's College, University of Oxford.
  • Meyer, E.T., Graham, M., and Schroeder, R. (2010) Online visibility, local practices, and access to global knowledge. Paper presented at the XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Eccles, K., Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., Kertcher, Z., Barjak, F., Huesing, T. and Robinson, S. (2009) The Future of e-Research Infrastructures. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Cologne, 24-26 June 2009.
  • Schroeder, R., Meyer, E.T. and Park, H.W. (2009) Mapping Global e-Research: Scientometrics and Webometrics. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, 24-26 June 2009, Cologne.
  • Schroeder, R. and Spencer, D. (2009) Social Scientists and the Domestication of e-Research Tools. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, 24-26 June 2009, Cologne.
  • Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., and Dutton, W.H. (2008) The Role of e-Infrastructures in the Transformation of Research Practices and Outcomes. Paper presented at the iConference 2008, iFutures: Systems, Selves, Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Axelsson, A.-S. and Schroeder, R. (2007) Making it Open and Keeping it Safe: e-Enabled Data Sharing in Sweden and Related Issues. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
  • Schroeder, R. (2007) Virtual Environments and Other Media for Being There Together: Towards a Convergence of Technologies, Uses, and Research Agendas. Proceedings of Presence 2007, Barcelona, Spain, October 2007.
  • Schroeder, R., den Besten, M. and Fry, J. (2007) Catching Up or Latecomer Advantage? Lessons from e-Research Strategies in Germany, in the UK and Beyond. German e-Science Conference (GeS), Baden-Baden, Germany, 2-4 May 2007.
  • Schroeder, R., Caldas, A., Mesch, G. and Dutton, W. (2005) The World Wide Web of Science: Reconfiguring Access to Information. NCeSS First International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 22-24 June 2005.
  • Schroeder, R., Steed, A., Roberts, D. and Heldal, I. (2005) Personal Interaction between Users of Immersion Projection Technology Systems. Proceedings of HCI 2005, Las Vegas.
  • Schroeder, R., Steed, A. and Heldal, I. (2005) Evaluating Collaboration in Distributed Virtual Environments for a Puzzle-Solving Task. Proceedings of HCI 2005, Las Vegas.
  • Schroeder, R., Heldal, I., Steed, A., Axelsson, A.-S., Widestrom, J. and Spante, M. (2005) Immersiveness and Symmetry in Copresent Scenarios. Proceedings of IEEE VR 2005, Bonn, Germany.
  • Schroeder, R., Spante, M., Axelsson, A.-S. and Christie, M. (2004) How Putting Yourself into the Other Person's Virtual Shoes Enhances Collaboration. Proceedings of Presence 2004, Valencia, pp. 190-196.
  • Schroeder, R. and Heldal, I. (2004) The Usability of Shared Virtual Environments: A Comparison of Three Studies and Outlook on the Future. Proceedings of Designing and Evaluating Virtual Reality Systems Workshop, 22-23 January 2004, Nottingham.
  • Steed, A., Spante, M., Heldal, I., Axelsson, A.-S. and Schroeder, R. (2003) Strangers and Friends in Caves: An Exploratory Study of Collaboration in Networked IPT Systems for Extended Periods of Time. ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics, Monterey CA, 27-30 April 2003. ACM Press, New York, pp. 51-54.
  • Schroeder, R. (2003) Strangers and Friends in Networked Immersive Environments: Virtual Spaces for Future Living. Proceedings of Home Oriented Informatics and Telematics, Irvine CA, 6-8 April 2003.
  • Axelsson, A.-S., Abelin, Å. and Schroeder, R. (2003) Communication in Virtual Environments: Establishing Common Ground for a Collaborative Spatial Task? Proceedings of Presence 2003, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Schroeder, R. (2003) Beyond Presence and Copresence: A Phenomenological Account of Experiences in Shared Virtual Environments. Proceedings of Presence 2003, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Spante, M., Schroeder, R., Axelsson, A.-S. and Heldal, I. (2003) Is there a Tradeoff between Presence and Copresence? Proceedings of Presence 2003, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Schroeder, R. (2002) Copresence and Interaction in Virtual environments: An overview of the Range of Issues. In: Felize Ribeiro (ed.) Fifth International Workshop Presence 2002, Porto Portugal, 9-11 October 2002, pp. 274-295.
  • Heldal, I. and Schroeder, R. (2002) Performance and collaboration in virtual environments for visualizing large complex models: comparing immersive and desktop systems. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM2002: Gyeongju, Korea, pp. 208-220.
  • Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (2000) Trust in the Core: A Study of Long-term Users of Activeworlds. Presented at Digital Borderlands, a Cybercultural Symposium, Norrköping, Sweden 12-13 May 2000.
  • Wideström, J., Axelsson, A.-S., Schroeder, R., Nilsson, A. and Abelin, Å. (2000) The Collaborative Cube Puzzle: A Comparison of Virtual and Real Environments. In: Elizabeth Churchill and Martin Reddy (eds) Proceedings of ACM Conference of the Third International Conference on Collaborative Virtual Environments, New York: ACM, pp. 165-172.
  • Wideström, J., Axelsson, A.-S., Schroeder, R., Nilsson, A., Heldal, I. and Abelin, Å. (2000) Cubes in the Cube: A Comparison of Virtual and Real Environments. Proceedings of Presence 2000, 3rd International Workshop on Presence, Delft, Netherlands.
  • Axelsson, A.-S., Abelin, Å., Heldal, I., Nilsson, A., Schroeder, R. and Wideström, J. (1999) Collaboration and Communication in Multi-User Virtual Environments: A Comparison of Desktop and Immersive Virtual Reality Systems for Molecular Visualization. In: Terence Fernando (ed.) Proceedings of the Sixth UKVRSIG Conference, 14 September 1999, Salford University, pp. 107-117.
  • Schroeder, R. (1999) Social Aspects of Virtual Reality Technology. In: Hacer Ansal and Deniz Calisir (eds) Science, Technology and Society International Symposium, Istanbul Technical University, pp. 155-165. ISBN 975-561-161-4.
  • Schroeder, R. and Axelsson, A.-S. (1999) Trust in Virtual Environments. Proceedings of Presence 1999, 2nd International Workshop on Presence, Essex, UK.
  • Schroeder, R. and Lee, R. (1998) Multi-User Virtual Reality Technology as a Laboratory for Learning about Social Research: Issues and Prospects. In: David Unwin and Peter Fischer (eds) Case Studies of Visualization in the Social Sciences, AGOCG, Technical Report Series ISSN 1356-9066, no. 43, September, pp. 177-184.
  • Schroeder, R. and Crawley, R. (1997) Collaborative Learning and Social Interaction in Multi-User Virtual Environments. In: Mike Bevan (ed.) Proceedings - Virtual Reality in Education and Training VRET97, Loughborough, 24-26 June 1997, pp. 131-138.
  • Schroeder, R. (1994) Inside the Worlds of Cyberspace: A Sociological Typology of Virtual Realities and their Social Contexts. In Huw Jones, John Vince and Rae Earnshaw (eds) Virtual Reality Applications, Proceedings of the British Computer Society Displays Group Conference, June 1994, pp. 1-11.

Presentations

  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2013, April) Big Data in the Social Sciences and Its Discontents. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2012) The Scientific Styles of e-Research. Paper presented at 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Schroeder, R., Meyer, E.T., and Eccles, K. (2009) Bottom-up, Top-Down, and other social and technological dynamics of e-Research. Talk presented at UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Turilli, M., Schroeder, R., Jirotka, M., Lloyd, S., and Meyer, E.T. (2009) Web 2.0 Tool for e-Research Project Management. Talk presented at UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., and Park, H.W. (2009) Mapping e-Research. Presented at Modelling science - Understanding, forecasting, and communicating the science system. Rathenau Institute and Virtual Knowledge Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Schroeder, R., Power, L. and Meyer, E. (2009) Community-Driven Discovery in Biology. Presented at the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology, Brisbane, July 12-16 2009.
  • Eynon, R., Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2008) The Ethics of Internet Research. ESRC Methods Festival, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, 30 June-3 July 2008.
  • Meyer, E.T. and Schroeder, R. (2008) The World Wide Web of Research and Access to Knowledge. 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 18-19 June 2008.
  • Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Power, L. (2008) e-Research 2.0: Taking the Measure of Web 2.0 in e-Research. 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 18-19 June 2008.
  • Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Dutton, W.H. (2008) The Role of e-Infrastructures in the Transformation of Research Practices and Outcomes. iConference 2008, UCLA, Los Angeles, LA, 28 February-1 March 2008.
  • Dutton, W. and Schroeder, R. (2007) 21st Century Research: How e-Research Will Reconfigure Access to Information and Expertise. Presented at seminar series: Challenges of the 21st Century, James Martin 21st Century School, University of Oxford, 8 November 2007.
  • Schroeder, R. (2007) Defending Technological Determinism - In Theory and in Practices. Society for the Social Studies of Sciences (4S) Annual Conference 2007, Montreal, Canada, 11-13 October 2007.
  • Ackland, R., Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2007) Scoping the Online Visibility of e-Research by Means of e-Research Tools. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
  • Daw, M., Procter, R., Lin, Y., Hewitt, T., Jie, W., Voss, A., Baird, K., Turner, A., Birkin, M., Miller, K., Dutton, W., Jirotka, M., Schroeder, R., de la Flor, G., Edwards, P., Allan, R., Yang, X. and Crouchley, R. (2007) Developing an e-Infrastructure for Social Science. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-9 October 2007.
  • Schroeder, R., Fry, J. and De Beer, J. (2007) e-Research infrastructures and scientific communication. IATUL 2007, Stockholm, 11-14 June 2007.
  • Eynon, R., Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2007) The Ethics of Internet Research. Economic and Social Research Council e-Society Programme and SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods Colloquium, London, UK, 28-29 March 2007.
  • David, P., den Besten, M. and Schroeder, R. (2006) How Open is e-Science? 2nd IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4-6 December 2006.
  • Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2006) Ethical Challenges in / of e-Social Science. Presented at 2006 ESRC Research Methods Festival, St Catherine's College, Oxford, 17-20 July 2006.
  • Schroeder, R. (2006) e-Sciences: Infrastructures that reshape the Global Contours of Knowledge. NCeSS Second International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 28-30 June 2006.
  • Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2006) Social Science Approaches to e-Science: Mapping Disciplinary Approaches. Presented at the NCeSS 2nd International Conference on e-Social Science, 28-30 June 2006, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Schroeder, R. and Jankowski, N. (2006) Social Science Approaches to eScience Workshop Summary. NCeSS Second International Conference on e-Social Science, 28-30 June 2006, Manchester, UK.
  • Fry, J., Virkar, S. and Schroeder, R. (2006) The World Wide Web of Science and Global Expertise: Democratizing Access to Knowledge? Presented at 'The World Wide Web and Access to Knowledge Workshop', Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 9-10 February 2006.
  • Schroeder, R., Caldas, A., Mesch, G. and Dutton, W. (2005) The World Wide Web of Science: Reconfiguring Access to Information. NCeSS First International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 22-24 June 2005.
  • Farber, D. (2004) The Societal Implications of Networking: A Personal Perspective. Presented at 'The Societal Implications of Networking: A Personal Perspective, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 12 October 2004.

Reports

Teaching

Courses taught at the OII

  • Networks of Collaboration

    Providing an in-depth understanding about how research and collaboration are changing as they migrate online, and an overview of current findings and major topics in this field.

  • Social Dynamics of the Internet

    An overview of the major findings to date regarding the social implications of the Internet, drawing material from several social science disciplines, including communication studies, sociology, and political science.

  • Social Research Methods and the Internet I: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.

  • Social Research Methods and the Internet II: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.

DPhil students supervised at the OII

Current students

  • Han-Teng Liao

    The Cultural Politics of User-Generated Encyclopedias: Comparing Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu

Completed students

  • Tobias Escher

    Does use of the Internet further democratic participation? A comparison of citizens' interactions with political representatives in the UK and Germany

  • Lucy Power

    e-Research in the life sciences: from invisible to virtual colleges

Webcasts

News

  • #BBCtrending: 'I'm not a lab rat!'... reaction to #FacebookExperiment

    30 June 2014 BBC News Trending

    Ralph Schroeder comments on Facebook research which analysed users' moods but was seen by some people to have been carried out covertly. He finds the Facebook test ‘troubling’.

  • Facebook scandal

    30 June 2014 FM4 orf.at (Austria)

    Ralph Schroeder comments on Facebook research which analysed users moods but was seen by some people to be covert. He says it is an important study which shows how words can manipulate emotions in the way that face to face contact does.

  • Who, What, Why: What is 'ungoogleable'?

    27 March 2013 BBC News Magazine

    In an article about a dispute between the Language Council of Sweden and Google on the term 'ungoogleable' Ralph Schroeder points out that there are people such as activists in China who need to keep off search engine radar.

  • 'Being There Together: Social Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments': New Book by Ralph Schroeder

    1 November 2010 Oxford Internet Institute

    Virtual environments provide places for avatars to interact with each other in computer-generated spaces. This book is a state-of-the art survey of research in this area, offering a framework for understanding this technology and its future implications.

  • Two James Martin Research Fellows for the e-Horizons Institute

    4 April 2006 Oxford Internet Institute

    Drs Ralph Schroeder and Matthijs den Besten are the first James Martin Research Fellows to join the James Martin School e-Horizons Institute

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