Current projects

  • Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr Bianca Reisdorf

    By using interviews and focus groups this project will focus on how people living and working in rural areas are affected by the unavailability of adequate Internet connections.

  • An Ethical Framework for the New Civic Responsibilities of Online Service Providers

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    This project aims to analyse the new civic responsibilities of Online Service Providers, and the policies regulating them.

  • Between Text and Object: Digital Transformation of Teaching through Objects

    Participants: Dr Silke Ackermann, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Professor Howard Hotson, Dr Giovanna Vitelli

    This project will develop and test a digital platform to support the integration of museum and library collections into Oxford’s world-class teaching.

  • Big Data and Human Development

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham

    The big data and human development research network aims to investigate the potential uses of 'big data' for advancing human development and addressing equity gaps.

  • Child Protection

    Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova

    Work and activities by OII faculty and associates on issues surrounding online child safety and protection.

  • Collective Memory in the Digital Age: Understanding "Forgetting" on the Internet

    Participants: Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Milena Tsvetkova, Dr Taha Yasseri

    "The Internet doesn't forget", but people do. Internet has had strong impacts on memory and the processes of remembering and forgetting. In this project we use data collected from the web to quantitatively study how people remember and forget past events.

  • College Connect

    Participants: Dr Nicole Ellison, Dr Christine Greenhow, Dr Bernie Hogan, Joshua Melville

    College Connect is webpage that visualizes social networks automatically from Facebook and puts them to work for the user. The target market of the application is prospective college students as well as those just entering college or university.

  • Computational Propaganda

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard

    This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.

  • Data for Policy

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder

    A study of big data and other innovative data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policy making.

  • Digital Personhood: Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces (HARPS)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Guy Piers O'Hanlon, Dr Joss Wright

    This project considers the challenges of having robot proxies in public spaces. It will conduct experiments exploring trust in shared social settings, and develop a framework for understanding the impact of privacy / anonymity in human-robot interactions.

  • Elections and the Internet

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This site collects elections research at the OII. We are interested in exploring the extent to which data from the social web can be used to predict interesting social and political phenomena, especially elections.

  • Ethics in Networked Systems Research

    Participants: Ben Zevenbergen

    The Ethics in Networked Systems Research project exists to create an understanding of the social impact of high-tech Internet research and to facilitate a value-driven conversation between engineers and stakeholders.

  • FastPass: A Harmonized, Modular Reference System for all European Automatic Border Crossing Points

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Ian Brown

    Border control is a major challenge for security and mobility within the EU. FastPass will establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates.

  • GeoNet: Internet Geographies: Changing Connectivities and the Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa's Knowledge Economy

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Mohammad Amir Anwar, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Dr Christopher Foster, Nicolas Friederici, Sanna Ojanperä, Clarence Singleton

    This research project is examining the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa's emerging information economies at a time of changing connectivity and Internet access acros the region.

  • Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building

    Participants: Gillian Bolsover, Professor Ian Brown, Professor William H. Dutton

    This Oxford-based Centre aims become a leading global resource for understanding how to deliver effective cyber security; OII Fellows Bill Dutton and Ian Brown lead its work on security cultures and regulation.

  • Gorongosa Webcam

    Participants: Professor Chris Lintott, Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Ali Swanson, Dr Milena Tsvetkova

    The aim of this project is to conduct research in innovative citizen science, building on existing work by both the Oxford Internet Institute and by the Zooniverse team in the Department of Physics.

  • Government on the Web

    Participants: Simon Bastow, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Helen Margetts, Oliver Pearce, Jane Tinkler

    Research dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on government.

  • Human Translation of User-Generated Content

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale

    Understanding what translation rating/voting systems work best for human, crowd-sourced translation and the optimal display of translated content.

  • HUMANE: a typology, method and roadmap for HUman-MAchine Networks

    Participants: Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Milena Tsvetkova, Dr Taha Yasseri

    In this project we evaluate Human-Machine Networks by focusing on two cases of peer-production in Wikipedia and citizen science projects in Zooniverse by applying quantitative methods to transactional big data.

  • iLabour: The Construction of Labour Markets, Institutions and Movements on the Internet

    Participants: Greetje (Gretta) Corporaal, Dr Otto Kässi, Professor Vili Lehdonvirta

    The iLabour project is premised on the idea that a fundamental change is taking place in labour markets. It seeks to understand the social and policy implications of this momentous shift.

  • Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Joshua Melville

    This project maps and measures the geographies of information on the Internet.

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Nai Li, Dr Monica Whitty

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Professor Helena Barnard, Dr Isis Hjorth, Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Alex J Wood

    This project aims to understand the current and potential impact of Internet and mobile technologies on social and economic development, especially when it comes to the emergence of new and transformative 'virtual' economic activities and work.

  • NEXUS: Real Time Data Fusion and Network Analysis for Urban Systems

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Graham McNeill

    Mining human mobility and migration patterns from social media and industry data sources as well as visualizing geo-temporal network data interactively with HTML5.

  • Online Learning in the Crowd: Examining "Content Overload" in MOOC Forums

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Nabeel Gillani, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This project examines the extent to which social learning can be supported in the large online crowds of MOOCs.

  • Open Data and Civic Engagement: Mechanisms for the Promotion of Political Participation

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Ning Wang

    How effective are open data initiatives in encouraging civic engagement in policy-relevant domains?

  • OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group

    Participants: Dr Heather Ford, Dr William Kelly, John McManus, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Shireen Walton

    OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.

  • OxIS: Oxford Internet Surveys

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Ulrike Deetjen, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Bianca Reisdorf

    Research on access, use and attitudes to the Internet in Britain based on biennial surveys covering (for example) digital and social inclusion and exclusion, social networking, safety and privacy concerns, Internet regulation, and behaviour.

  • OXLab: Oxford eXperimental Laboratory

    Participants: Professor Peter John, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Nir Vulkan, Lucy Bartlett, Ingrid Boxall, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Scott A. Hale

    Oxford eXperimental Laboratory is undertaking laboratory-based experiments (eg information-seeking tasks) on networked computers in two disciplines: Economics (interactive decision making) and Political Science (evaluating government information online).

  • Political Knowledge and the Web

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright

    Information is key for citizens to play their role in the democratic systems. Citizens need information to define their preferences and evaluate the activity of governments and parliaments.

  • Semantic Map of Sexism: Topic Modelling of the Everyday Sexism Content

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Taha Yasseri, Sophie Melville

    In this project we take a Natural Language Processing approach to analyse the content of reports submitted to the Everyday Sexism project.

  • Tackling Digital Inequality Amongst Young People: The Home Internet Access Initiative

    Participants: Dr Huw C. Davies, Professor Rebecca Eynon

    This participatory research project explores a two year initiative that provides all year 10 students with a laptop and Internet connection if they require one at home in three secondary schools.

  • Taxonomy and Ecology of Contributions to Zooniverse, the Citizen Science Project

    Participants: Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This project will investigate the patterns of contributions to the citizen science project “Zooniverse” relying on large scale statistical analysis of the transactional activity data of the users.

  • The Social Implications of the Use of Big Data in Education

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon

    This project explores the ethical and social implications of the growing use of data in education via a systematic review of policy and practice in the UK, USA and Singapore.

  • TIDSR: Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer

    The TIDSR best practices toolkit includes a number of elements to aid researchers and funding bodies to assess the impact of their digitisation projects, including measures that have been judged to be effective measures of impact.

  • Transmedia Literacy

    Participants: Dr Cristobal Cobo, Dr Huw C. Davies, Professor Rebecca Eynon

    The transliteracy project aims to examine how young people use technology to learn outside formal educational settings.

  • Urban Data 2 Decide

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Stefano De Sabbata

    Urban decision makers are nowadays faced with both unprecedented challenges as well as new op-portunities as the environment around them grows ever more complex.

  • VOX-Pol Network of Excellence

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Ian Brown

    The VOX-Pol research project is designed to comprehensively research, analyse, debate, and critique issues surrounding violent online political extremism (VOPE).

  • Wikichains: Encouraging Transparency in Commodity Chains

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Joshua Melville, Dr Steve New, David Sutcliffe

    Wikichains is a website that aims to encourage ethical consumption and transparency in commodity chains, by encouraging Internet users from around the world to upload text, images, sounds, and videos of any node on any commodity chain.

  • Wikipedia's Networks and Geographies: Representation and Power in Peer-Produced Content

    Participants: Dr Heather Ford, Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Han-Teng Liao

    This project brings together OII research fellows and doctoral students to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community.

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Professor William H. Dutton

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.

Past projects

  • A Museum Without Walls: Realising the Potential of Crowdsourcing in the Arts

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles

    This AHRC funded project will study the impact of an innovative crowdsourcing initiative on Your Paintings, an important new digital art collection hosted by the BBC.

  • Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Josh Cowls, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Linnet E. M. Taylor

    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.

  • Big data and election prediction: analysing online information seeking during the European Parliament elections

    Participants: Eve Ahearn, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This project investigates the extent to which the characteristics of different political systems (for example, the number of major political parties) affect patterns of online information seeking behaviour which take place during election time.

  • Big Data for Advancing Dementia Research

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Ulrike Deetjen

    The aim of this study is to undertake an in-depth examination of the practices in data sharing to advance the science of dementia and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Big Data: Demonstrating the Value of the UK Web Domain Dataset for Social Science Research

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This project aims to enhance JISC's UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.

  • Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

    Participants: Josh Cowls, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder

    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.

  • Breaking Barriers to e-Government

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Professor Helen Margetts

    Investigating the legal, organisational, technological and other barriers to expanding effective eGovernment services using the Internet and to define possible solutions at a European level to overcome such obstacles.

  • Broadband Internet in Oxfordshire schools

    Participants: Peter Birmingham, Chris Davies, Richard Pring

    Studying innovations in learning and education tied to the implementation of broadband infrastructures in Oxfordshire schools, leading to broader questions about the factors shaping e-innovation at all levels of education and learning.

  • Campaigning in cyberspace: 2005 general election online

    Participants: Dr Steve Ward

    Research on the role and use of new ICTs in the 2005 UK election campaign, drawing on data from both a top-down party perspective and bottom-up voter perspective using qualitative and quantitative methods.

  • Civil society participation in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS)

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Sonia Liff, Dr Victoria Nash

    Achieving a deeper understanding of the nature, extent and potential of civil society groups' participation in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ICT policy making by establishing a cross-sector academic / practitioner dialogue.

  • Clinical and psychological characteristics of Internet gamblers: web-based survey

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, John Geddes, Guy Goodwin, Joanne Lloyd, Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Robert D. Rogers

    Expanding our understanding of online gambling by undertaking a web-based survey of users of Internet gambling sites, covering areas such as demographic and occupational characteristics, psychological characteristics, and attitudes to risk.

  • Companions: Intelligent, Persistent, Personalised Multimodal Interfaces to the Internet

    Participants: Professor Yorick Wilks

    This project developed a virtual conversational 'Companion': an agent that stays with the user for long periods of time, develops a relationship and 'knows' its owner's preferences and wishes, communicating primarily by using and understanding speech.

  • Conceptualising interaction and learning in MOOCs

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Chris Davies, Nabeel Gillani, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Taha Yasseri

    The overarching goal of this project is to propose a typology that describes the nature of learner interactions in MOOCs that develops our understanding of how learning takes place in such settings.

  • Cyber-humour: the end of humour as we know it?

    Participants: Dr Limor Shifman

    Combining quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the implications of the Internet on humorous communication (eg political, technology and gender based humour) starting from the senders of humorous messages and ending in receiving procedures.

  • Cybertrust: The tension between privacy and security in an e-society

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    Perceptions of trust in online activities are significant factors influencing the kinds and extents of Internet use and interactions: this work draws on Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) data to explore and refine key social determinants of cybertrust.

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

    Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Greg Taylor

    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.

  • Development and Broadband Internet Access in East Africa

    Participants: Dr Felix Akorli, Claude Bizimana, Dr Christopher Foster, Professor Mark Graham, Charles Katua, Dr Laura Elizabeth Mann, Professor Tim Waema

    By using surveys, interviews and in-depth observations, this project examined the expectations and stated potentials of broadband Internet in East Africa and compared those expectations to on-the-ground effects that broadband connectivity is having.

  • Digital Choices and the Reconfiguring of Access

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    Research on how the use of the Internet in different, overlapping and interacting arenas is shaped by everyday and strategic choices about the design and use of the technology.

  • Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    This project explores the nature, opportunities and challenges of digital citizenship in light of the governmental surveillance measures revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

  • Digital Impacts: A Synthesis Report and Workshop

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    This project was designed to synthesize the evidence about the impact that digital resources are having on various audiences, and how resource providers have stepped up efforts to embed resources into the practices of communities.

  • Digital Photography and Scientific Practice

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer

    This dissertation project examines the intersection between technology and scientific practice for marine mammal scientists who use digital photography.

  • Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Christine Madsen, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Mike Thelwall

    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.

  • Does Wikipedia represent ‘the sum of all human knowledge’? Examining the geographical scope of a peer-produced encyclopedia

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Heather Ford, Brent Hecht, Dave Musicant, Shilad Sen

    This project aims to develop a set of lenses for analyzing Wikipedia’s geographical scope whilst employing a reflexive analytical process to expose the makings of the ‘big data’ that we will produce.

  • e-Curator Project

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Mona Hess, Sally McDonald, Francesca Millar, Yean-Hoon Ong, Stuart Robson, Dr Graeme Were

    e-Curator explores the use of 3D colour scanning and e-Science technologies to capture and share very large 3D colour scans and detailed datasets about museum artefacts in a secure computing environment, to assist curators and conservators.

  • e-Science policy guidelines

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David

    Articulating and coordinating policy guidelines for international organisations, national governments and private foundations on open access publication and sharing of publicly funded scientific and technical data and information.

  • Effective Age Verification Techniques: Lessons to be Learnt from the Online Gambling Industry

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Rachel O'Connell, Ben Zevenbergen

    This cross-national research project focuses on the operation and efficacy of age verification techniques as employed by the European online gambling industry, comparing this to practice in other industry sectors.

  • EICN working group on child protection and mobile phones

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Victoria Nash

    An OII-led working group to gather information and develop policy recommendations about the practices of mobile network operators in Europe in relation to child protection in the era of third-generation (3G) multimedia mobile phones.

  • EINS: Network of Excellence in Internet Science

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Cristobal Cobo, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Ben Zevenbergen

    EINS aims to strengthen scientific and technological excellence by developing an integrated and interdisciplinary scientific understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society.

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

    Participants: Grace de la Flor, Dr Marina Jirotka, Sharon Lloyd, Mustafizur Rahman, Dr Monica Schraefel, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dimitrina Spencer, Professor Anne Trefethen, Andrew Warr

    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.

  • eResearch 2020

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder

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

  • Ethical Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Connectivity Measurements

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr David Erdos, Dr Joss Wright, Ben Zevenbergen

    This project is developing concrete guidance with regards to privacy and data protection for researchers using Internet measurement tools for mobile phones in a usable and understandable format.

  • Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project seeks to investigate the ethical aspects and requirements of Big Data in preparation to develop a European framework for the ethical use of Big Data in biomedical research.

  • eTRUST: e-democracy technologies and the problem of public trust

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen

    Does e-democracy increase trust in government, and, if so, under what conditions? This work is based on case studies (involving observation / interviewing) of local and national e-democracy initiatives selected from England and the Netherlands.

  • Evaluating Digital Tools for Theatre and Dance: BAC Scratch Online

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Isis Hjorth

    Theatre and dance have fallen a long way behind music in the way they connect with audiences digitally. This project aims to understand how audiences can be engaged in the creative process, by evaluating the BAC's Scratch Online platform.

  • Fair Tracing Project

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Ashima Chopra, Dorothea Kleine, Apurba Kundu, Ann Light, Christian Wallenta

    The aim of the Fair Tracing project was to support Ethical Trade by implementing IT Tracking and Tracing Technologies in supply chains to provide consumers and producers with enhanced information.

  • FLOSSWorld: Free / Libre / Open Source Software

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David

    FLOSSWorld is designed to increase knowledge about Free / Libre / Open Source Software (FLOSS) development and application, in order to support further collaboration between the EU and developing countries, and to contribute to informed public policy.

  • FRESNEL: Federated Secure Sensor Network Laboratory

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Guy Piers O'Hanlon, Dr Joss Wright

    FRESNEL aims to build a large scale federated sensor network framework with multiple applications sharing the same resources, where reliable intra-application communication is guaranteed, as well as a scalable and distributed management infrastructure.

  • From digital skills to tangible outcomes: improving measures and models of Internet use

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Ellen Helsper, Dr Alexander van Deursen

    This study aims to develop new survey measures of people’s digital skills, digital engagement and outcomes of Internet use.

  • From the ground up

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman

    Evaluating the successes and failures of local authorities in facilitating ground-up, citizen-led approaches to e-democracy, and considering how authorities have tried to harness the power of ICTs to create and stimulate new forms of 'civic space'.

  • Future Home Networks and Services

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Andrew Martin, Guy Piers O'Hanlon, Dr Joss Wright

    This project is addressing home network and service security by researching and developing security frameworks for sharing between networks and devices, protocols to connect devices with cloud services, and security analysis of remote management systems.

  • Geography of Digital Inequality

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Claudio Calvino, Professor Mark Graham

    This project combined OxIS and census data to produce the first detailed geographic estimates of Internet use across the UK.

  • Humanities Information Practices

    Participants: Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Claire Warwick, Dr Sally Wyatt, Smiljana Antonijevic, Dr Anne Beaulieu, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Tim Davies, Grace de la Flor, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Christine Madsen, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Melissa Terras, Dr Tim Webmoor

    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?

  • IMSK: Integrated Mobile Security Kit

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr Joss Wright

    IMSK integrates information from legacy and novel sensor technologies into common operational picture where information is fused into intelligence, in a mobile system suitable for rapid deployment at venues which temporarily need enhanced security.

  • Information Exchange between Citizens and the Department of Work and Pensions

    Participants: Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Dr Tobias Escher, Professor Helen Margetts, Jane Tinkler

    A value for money study for the National Audit Office (NAO) looking at information exchange between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its benefit customers.

  • Interactive Visualizations for Teaching, Research, and Dissemination

    Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Helen Margetts, Joshua Melville

    "InteractiveVis" aims to support easy creation of interactive visualisations for geospatial and network data by researchers: it will survey existing solutions, build currently missing features, and smooth over incompatibilities between existing libraries.

  • Internet and productivity in public services: innovative pathways for e-government

    Participants: Professor Alexandre Caldas, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor William H. Dutton, Orges Ormanidhi

    Investigating indicators of productivity growth in public sector institutions across eight EU countries, including patterns and impacts of ICT use, organisational perspectives, and implications of the interaction of ICT usage and organisational processes.

  • Internet Governance

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Professor William H. Dutton, Desiree Miloshevic, Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    A programme of seminars, forums and conferences informing our research on Internet governance.

  • KNETWORKS: Dissemination and Networks of Knowledge in the Atlantic Area

    Participants: Dr Cristobal Cobo, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    KNETWORKS aims to create a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st century knowledge and information society.

  • Knowledge Exchange Networks: A Case Study in the Efficacy of Interactive Visualization

    Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Bernie Hogan, Joshua Melville

    Knowledge exchange implies forging, facilitating and fostering social connections. Oxford's Knowledge Exchange Network addresses this need among university staff and external stakeholders. We assist the KE Network through interactive network mapping.

  • Language, power and Internet communication

    Participants: Professor Richard Rose

    A study on transnational Internet communication in which one party has a bi-cultural understanding and uses English as a foreign language while the other (native English) party assumes (not entirely correctly) that there is a shared understanding.

  • Lapsed Use of the Internet Amongst Young People in the UK: Digital Choice or Digital Exclusion?

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Anne Geniets

    Around 10% of 17-19 year olds in Britain are lapsed Internet users: why have they stopped using the Internet given its prevalence and value in the lives of the majority of young people? This project aims to inform the UK's digital inclusion strategy.

  • Leaders and Followers in Online Activism

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Ning Wang

    Where do political and policy-oriented mobilizations (such as e-petitions or organized protests) start and how are they sustained? What affects the propensity of people to join a mobilization, and hence, the mobilization's success?

  • Media Literacy: Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all EU Member States

    Participants: Agnes Bruszik, Dr Monica Bulger, Paolo Celot, Professor William H. Dutton, Emilie Normann, Kristian Pederson

    This project aims to develop and validate indicators of adult media literacy levels, in response to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive requiring that the European Commission report levels of Media Literacy in all EU Member States by December 2011.

  • Networks for Web Science

    Participants: Tim Berners-Lee, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Wendy Hall, Professor Yorick Wilks, Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    Establishing networks of researchers from different technical and social science research disciplines to begin to develop a Web Science research agenda through the exchange of PhD students and collaborative workshops.

  • New electronic document designs and systems

    Participants: Dr Ted Nelson

    Ted Nelson's 'Transliterary' system aims to produce software that can unify electronic documents by converting them into compatible formats that allow mutual linking and the re-use of content.

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    Participants: Dr Annamaria Carusi, Professor Paul Allan David, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Christopher Millard, Professor Michael Parker, Dr Justine Pila, Professor Tina Piper, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Michael Spence, Professor David Vaver

    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.

  • OpenNet Initiative: state-sponsored filtering of the Internet

    Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    The Open Net Initiative aims to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices, uncovering the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and helping to inform better public policy and advocacy work.

  • OportUnidad: Developing a Common Higher Education Area between Latin America and Europe While Fostering Open Educational Practices Through a Bottom-up Approach

    Participants: Dr Cristobal Cobo, Dr Daniel Villar-Onrubia

    OportUnidad is an action-research project co-funded by the European Commission under the EuropeAid ALFA III programme with the aim of promoting the adoption of Open Educational Practices in Latin America.

  • Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group (ODEC)

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    ODEC aims to foster collaboration between researchers, businesses and public sector groups in the digital, Internet, and creative industries. It supports the projects and priorities of the newly established Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC).

  • Parliamentary representation in the age of the Internet: an Anglo-Australian comparison

    Participants: Dr Steve Ward

    Evaluating the use of the Internet by parliaments and representatives in the UK and Australia, contributing to current debates about the health of representative parliamentary democracy and the role of political representatives in the 21st century.

  • Participation in Internet-mediated interactions

    Participants: Ingemar Cox, Steffen Huck, Professor Helen Margetts

    This research applied a multidisciplinary approach to developing a methodology for evaluating the web structure and 'health' of e-government, and investigating design mechanisms for fundraising on the Internet (including determinants of giving behaviour).

  • PEACH: Presence Research in Action

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Malte Ziewitz

    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.

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Robert Ackland, David A. Bray, Irene Cassarino, Karen Croxson, Professor Jean-Michel Dalle, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Aldo Geuna, Dr Max Loubser, Dr Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Felix Reed-Tsochas, Dr Wolf Richter, Philipp Tuertscher

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.

  • Personal identification and identity management in new modes of e-government

    Participants: Professor Miriam Lips, Dr Joe Organ, Professor John Taylor

    Gathering empirical data on a variety of digital means for constructing and managing the citizen's identity in e-Government service relationships, and exploring varying relationships between the citizen and government in different policy fields.

  • Physical Science Information Practices

    Participants: Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Melissa Terras, Dr Will Venters, Dr Sally Wyatt, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Avgousta Kyriakidou, Dr Lucy Power, Dr Andrea Scharnhorst, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Peter Williams

    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.

  • Pilot Interactive Mobile Multimedia System (PIMMS)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    The use of multimedia conferencing tools has become widespread within the business world, and the project's aim is to extend these tools to work within a mobile environment.

  • Privacy Value Networks (PVNets)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Fehmi Ben Abdesslem, Dave Birch, Dr Sacha Brostoff, Dr Fadhila Haeri Mazanderani, Dr Tristan Henderson, David Houghton, Dr Adam Joinson, Miguel Malheiros, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi, Iain Parris, Professor Angela Sasse, Dr Asimina Vasalou

    Privacy Value Networks (PVNets) is producing an empirical base for developing concepts of privacy across contexts and timeframes, addressing a current lack of clarity of what privacy is and what it means to stakeholders in different usage scenarios.

  • PrivacyOS

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    PrivacyOS is a thematic network for privacy protection infrastructure within the current European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme, aiming to foster development and deployment of privacy infrastructures for Europe.

  • Public Opinion Indicators in Online Communication

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

    This project examines the research potential of online communication to gauge public opinion by reviewing different methods to draw public opinion indicators from online communication, focusing on what the public thinks and how they think about it.

  • Remixing citizenship

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman

    Investigated how young people gather and communicate civic information online, and setting a new agenda for debating the relationship between young people, the Internet and democracy, arguing they are moving to newer forms of participation.

  • Researcher Engagement with Web Archives

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Sally Wyatt, Dr Meghan Dougherty, Dr Christine Madsen, Dr Arthur Thomas, Dr Charles van den Heuval

    This project explores how to bridge the gap between archivists and researchers, and how preserved web content archives might be used by researchers and others to ask meaningful new questions.

  • Scoping the institutional infrastructure of e-science

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David, Dr Michael Spence

    A project examining how the social, institutional and legal settings of scientists are likely to facilitate or constrain the conduct of e-science, focusing on policy recommendations to facilitate greater collaboration between universities internationally.

  • SECT: Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition

    Participants: Michael Popham, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Judith Siefring

    SECT will carry out an investigation into the sustainability of the EEBO-TCP corpus and aims to develop strategies to secure a sustainable future for the collection.

  • SESERV Consortium: Socio-Economic Services for European Research Projects

    Participants: Dr Cristobal Cobo, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen

    The SESERV consortium aims to maximize research impact by raising awareness of socio-economic trends in the areas of incentives, accounting, Digital Europe, and risk management, and by addressing possible policy priorities within the research community.

  • Social Feedback and the Emergence of Norms in the Production of Online Public Goods

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

    Investigating instances of collective action that have solved an old dilemma: why should people contribute to collective goods (eg online collaborative platforms) when, by being public, they can be enjoyed without making a contribution to their provision?

  • Social inequalities in the network era: Exploring the links between Internet use and social mobility in Britain

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Through analysis of OxIS survey data and in-depth interviews this project will explore if and how individuals from less well-off backgrounds can use the Internet to influence their social mobility.

  • Spam email: a qualitative study

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Leslie Haddon

    A qualitative study of how individuals view and manage unwanted email, particularly spam, based on semi-structured interviews of users.


    Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    A leading independent authority on trends in badware and its distribution, and a focal point for the development of collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware. The main focus is on research and public education.

  • Student Protests and Digital Media: The Campaign Against Tuition Fees

    Participants: Dr Michael Biggs, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

    How are digital media changing the way in which people mobilize for a collective cause? Why do some individuals take part in protest, and others not? These issues are investigated through the UK student campaign against raised tuition fees.

  • SUBITO: Surveillance of Unattended Baggage and the Identification and Tracking of the Owner

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Joss Wright

    SUBITO is designed to research and further develop automated real time detection of abandoned luggage, fast identification of the individual responsible and his/her subsequent path and current location.

  • The e-Horizons Institute

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Jeffreys, Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Anne Trefethen

    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 Fifth Estate

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Elizabeth Dubois

    The Fifth Estate is a research project designed to examine critically the Internet's role in enabling new forms of democratic accountability and voice, comparable to the press of an earlier era.

  • The Global Internet Values Project: International Perspectives on Privacy, Security, Trust, and Freedom in a Networked World

    Participants: Gillian Bolsover, Professor Soumitra Dutta, Professor William H. Dutton, Ginette Law

    This research aims to identify patterns and trends in individual attitudes and behaviours related to online trust, privacy, security and freedom.

  • The Internet, Political Science and Public Policy: Re-examining Collective Action, Governance and Citizen-Government Interactions in the Digital Era

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This research programme aims to assess where political science understanding, knowledge and theory should be re-examined and developed in light of widespread use of the Internet, and to develop methodologies to study online behaviour.

  • The Learner in Their Context

    Participants: Dr Chris Davies, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Professor John Furlong, Melissa Highton, Dr Lars Malmberg

    This project, initiated as part of Becta's major programme of research in support of the Government's Harnessing Technology strategy, looked at the learning opportunities afforded by young people's uses of new technologies in their everyday lives.

  • The Learning Companion: an embodied conversational agent for learning

    Participants: Dr Chris Davies, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Professor Yorick Wilks

    The Learning Companion project aims to evaluate the feasibility of a computer-based digital tool to help adults whose engagement with learning is tentative or hard to sustain make productive use of the Internet for achieving their own learning projects.

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

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Alexandre Caldas

    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.

  • Towards a Future Internet

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Colin Blackman, Professor Jonathan Cave, Simon Forge, Dr Karmen Guevara, Lara Srivastava, Professor Motohiro Tsuchiya, Malte Ziewitz

    The Internet Futures project will produce a single preferred vision of a 'Future Internet' for Europe by researching possible social, psychological, technological and economic options for its further development and their likely socio-economic impacts.

  • ULab: European Laboratory for Modelling the Technical Research University of Tomorrow

    Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Rebecca Eynon

    ULab will work as a University Laboratory, systematically reviewing, evaluating and experimenting with current practice in research, valorization, entrepreneurship and outreach activities in each of the five partner universities.

  • Using Twitter to Map and Measure Online Cultural Diffusion

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Devin Gaffney, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Ning Wang

    This project is using Twitter data to comprehensively uncover where Internet content is being created; whether the amount of content created in different places is changing over time; and how content moves across time and space in the Social Web.

  • Using Web Archives: A Futures Perspective

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Arthur Thomas

    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.

  • Virtual communities of practice: the open source software community

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David

    Paul David directed a major international networked project on the 'free / libre / open source' approach to software development, virtual communities and the broader implications of 'the "open source" way of working'.

  • VOSON: Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks

    Participants: Dr Robert Ackland, Professor Bruce Bimber, Markus Buchhorn, Dr Rachel Gibson, Dr Mathieu O'Neil, Dr Steve Ward

    The first stage in the establishment of a 'Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks': a Grid-enabled research environment facilitating cutting-edge collaborative research into the existence and impact of online social and political networks.

  • Who represents the Arab world online? Mapping and measuring local knowledge production and representation in the Middle East and North Africa

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Ilhem Allagui, Richard Farmbrough, Dr Heather Ford, Dr Ali Frihida, Ahmed Medhat Mohamed, Clarence Singleton

    Using Wikipedia to explore the participation gap between those who have their say, and those whose voices are pushed to the side, in representations of the Arab world online.

  • Wireless technology for broadband Internet

    Participants: Dr Christian Sandvig

    A 2004 pilot study mapping the use of Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) for broadband Internet access in Oxfordshire, later contributing to a cross-national study of the evolution of wireless networks undertaken by the OII and the University of Illinois.

  • World Wide Web of Humanities

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Robert Ackland, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Christine Madsen, Professor Ralph Schroeder

    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.