The use and impact of ICTs within academic and research communities and the social and institutional contexts in which this takes place, including the informal role of the Internet in learning and education.

Current projects

  • 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.

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

    Participants: Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, 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.

  • 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.

  • Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group (ODEC)

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Bill Imlah

    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).

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

    Participants: 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.

  • 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, Professor Rebecca Eynon

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

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 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.

  • 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.

  • CLEF (Integrating Information for the clinical e-Scientist)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    CLEF aims to develop a high quality, secure and interoperable information repository, derived from operational electronic patient records to enable ethical and user-friendly access to patient information.

  • 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.

  • Control and Prediction of the Organic Solid State (CPOSS)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    The project developed the capability of calculating and interpreting Crystal Energy Landscapes for salts, hydrates, cocrystals and an increasing complexity of molecule and validated their use testing against experimental structures.

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    Cambridge-MIT project exploring new ways in which universities in partnership with others might help enhance the productivity, competitiveness and entrepreneurship of the UK economy.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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, Tobias Escher, Dr Aldo Geuna, Max Loubser, Dr Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Felix Reed-Tsochas, 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • Researcher Engagement with Web Archives

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Sally Wyatt, Dr Meghan Dougherty, 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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'.

  • World Wide Web of Humanities

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Robert Ackland, Professor William H. Dutton, 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.