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Book Launch: ‘World Wide Research’

Date & Time:
16:00:00 - 18:00:00,
Wednesday 22 September, 2010


The book ‘World Wide Research‘ (eds William Dutton, Paul Jeffreys) has just been published by MIT Press. It explores how advances in ICTs are transforming the way scholarly research is conducted across all disciplines, offering a comprehensive and accessible view of the use of these new approaches – ‘e-research’ – and their ethical, legal and institutional implications.

This book launch event includes a keynote by Professor David de Roure (National Strategic Director for e-Social Science) on directions in digital social research, and a panel discussion on the significance of research on the role of advanced Internet and Web technologies for the conduct and outcome of research practices across the disciplines. Where has work in this area made the greatest strides, and what areas are in the greatest need of further research?

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  • Professor William H. Dutton,Professor Ralph Schroeder,Professor Eric T. Meyer
  • Name: Professor William H. Dutton|Professor Ralph Schroeder|Professor Paul Jeffreys|Professor Eric T. Meyer|Professor David De Roure|Professor Graham Crow|James Martin
  • Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute||Director of IT, University of Oxford||Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford; National Strategic Director
    for e-Social Science|School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton; Deputy Director of
    the UK’s National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)|Founder of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
  • Role: |Panellist||Panellist|Keynote Speaker||Closing Remarks
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  • Bio: |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. Formerly a professor in the School of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University in Gothenburg (Sweden), Dr Schroeder has published widely on the social aspects of information technology, including Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (Stanford University Press, 2007) and Being There Together: Social Interaction in Virtual Environments (Oxford University Press, 2010).||Eric Meyer is a key researcher within the Oxford e-Social Science (OeSS) project. Prior to joining OII, he was the national (USA) data manager and a researcher within a large scientific collaboration spanning twelve universities studying the genetic causes of mental health disorders. His PhD was in Information Science from Indiana University, and focused on how the everyday work practices of marine biologists – who rely on photographic evidence to identify individual marine mammals – had been reshaped by their move from film to digital photography.|Dave De Roure is a Professor of e-Research in the Oxford e-Research Centre and National Strategic Director for e-Social Science. Closely involved in the UK e-Science programme, his projects draw on Web 2.0, Semantic Web and workflow technologies and he focuses on creating new research methods in and between multiple disciplines including chemistry, bioinformatics, environmental science, social statistics and computational musicology. He has a long background in Web and Linked Data and is a Web Science champion for the Web Science Trust. David was a founding member of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at University of Southampton before joining Oxford in 2010.|Graham Crow studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, and was awarded a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex. As a Professor of Sociology at Southampton, his latest book is The Art of Sociological Argument (Palgrave, 2005). He was co-editor (with Larry Ray) of the electronic journal Sociological Research On-line, now a co-editor (with Cathy Pope) of Sociology. He has been Deputy Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods since 2006. His research interests include inter-disciplinary research and the processes whereby methodological innovations are adopted among the social science research community.|James Martin is the Founder of the Oxford Martin School, concerned with the giant problems of the 21st Century. He is a social entrepreneur in the fields of digital technology, education and international development. He has written more than 100 books, and is a Pulitzer nominee for his book The Wired Society (1977), which is based on his predictions and progressive views about technology. His latest book, The Meaning of the 21st Century, has recently been made into a film. Martin was ranked 4th in ComputerWorld’s 25th Anniversary Edition’s most influential people in computer technology. In addition to a MA in Physics and a DLitt from the University of Oxford, Martin has six honorary doctorates from all six continents.