A workshop aimed at doctoral students in the areas of information science, library science, web science, Internet studies, or related disciplines who are working on topics related to the Internet and other networked technologies.

Who Should Attend?

Doctoral students in the areas of information science, library science, web science, Internet studies, or related disciplines who are working on topics related to the Internet and other networked technologies, are invited to apply to attend this workshop. The main theme of the day will be translating research ideas in research practice in the context of Internet Research. Three sessions will address:

  • Operationalizing research questions using an appropriate framework

  • Addressing potential ethical issues in research

  • Practical considerations when working with data obtained from others

How to Apply

Fill out the Information and Web Science Doctoral Workshop Application Form in Adobe Acrobat PDF (12kb) or Application Form in Microsoft Word (60kb) and return to events@oii.ox.ac.uk by 24 February 2009. Each student should prepare a short (3-5 min, 4 slides max.) summary of their work that focus on their central research question and topic: it is hoped that these short presentations will lead to longer, more substantive discussions during breaks and dinner.

Deadline for applications: 24 February 2009.

Workshop Schedule




Arrival and coffee


Welcome by the organizers: Dr Christine Urquhart (Aberystwyth University) and Dr Eric T. Meyer (Oxford University). Introduction: Internet Research Trends (Prof. William H. Dutton, OII Director)


Translating theory into practical research methods: Eric Meyer discusses how he used an approach called the STIN strategy (Socio-Technical Interaction Networks) to translate fundamental social informatics topics into concrete, researchable questions. This talk will draw on his dissertation research: ‘Socio-Technical Perspectives on Digital Photography: Scientific Digital Photography Use by Marine Mammal Researchers’, which won the ProQuest Dissertation of the Year award given annually to the best dissertation in the field of information science


Lunch provided


Student Presentations


Coffee break


Internet research ethics debate and discussion: Doing research on and about the Internet raises ethical issues, but are they new ethical issues, or just old wine in new bottles? This panel will engage students in discussion of key ethical issues facing Internet researchers, and discuss what students need to consider in their own research. Panelists: Dr Rebecca Eynon, Dr Ralph Schroeder.


Optional practical session: Working with secondary datasets, including the problems of messy data, data interpretation, and data management. Working with data you have created yourself is challenging, but it is often even more difficult to work with data that someone else has created. This session will cover some of the main issues in working with secondary data, including cleaning and managing data. Presenters: Dr Ellen J. Helsper and Dr Eric T. Meyer.




Drinks and dinner at Oriel College. Founded in 1326, it is one of the University of Oxford’s oldest colleges.

After the Workshop: All students are invited to attend Humanities on the Web: Is it working? (Thursday, 19 March 2009, 10:00-14:00), a one day event that will be discussing ways of measuring the impacts of digitised materials on the web, and new tools for working with archival material, such as that housed in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

This workshop is offered by the Oxford Internet Institute and Aberystwyth University Dept of Information Studies, with finding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Aberystwyth UniversityArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)