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  • Mark 5:45 pm on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital methods, , social development   

    Call for Applications: The Inaugural CUHK Research Summit: Digital Methods & Social Development 

    This looks really interesting:

    Call for Applications: The Inaugural CUHK Research Summit: Digital Methods & Social Development

    Time: 21 – 27 August 2016
    Place: C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media & Comparative Communication Research), School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
    Map of Location: http://ow.ly/4nj3Wu <http://ow.ly/4nj3Wu>
    Event flyer: http://ow.ly/4nja8y <http://ow.ly/4nja8y>

    // About the Summit

    How can digital methods benefit not only academia but also society at large? How does one select, develop, and use the most appropriate digital research tools to tackle real-world issues in a week – such as an election, an environmental campaign, labor advocacy, and data challenges facing a social enterprise? How do the world’s leading scholars evaluate the state of digital methods globally? How do they think about the future directions of this burgeoning field beyond a Eurocentric Internet, beyond the norms of liberal democracies?

    From 21-27 August 2016, the School of Journalism and Communication will host the Inaugural CUHK Research Summit on “Digital Methods & Social Development” at its C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media & Comparative Communication Research, http://c-centre.com.cuhk.edu.hk/ <http://c-centre.com.cuhk.edu.hk/>).

    The Summit builds on the format and pedagogical traditions of the Digital Methods Summer School established since 2007 at the University of Amsterdam ( <>digitalmethods.net<http://digitalmethods.net/>), while aspiring to extend it to reflect the social needs in Hong Kong, China, Asia, and the Global South.

    The planned activities will include (a) a high-level public event on August 21 consisting of keynote speeches and open discussions, and (b) a six-day training program during August 22-27 for advanced PhD students and early career researchers. We welcome applicants from Hong Kong, Asia, and other parts of the world. From this pool, we will select twenty trainees from diverse cultural, methodological & disciplinary backgrounds, to conduct group work with help from experienced trainers throughout the week.

    Speakers and trainers will come from around the world. The content to be covered include social media analysis, network analysis, data visualization, Big Data, and related research topics. Emphasis will be placed on innovative thinking, the mastery of research tools, the matching between analytical strategies and theoretical / practical questions posed by subject experts, especially in the contexts of Chinese- & Asian-language cyberspaces.

    // About the Chinese University of Hong Kong

    A leading research university with global reputation, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is advancing the frontiers of knowledge and technology during our digital age. CUHK excels in the preservation, creation, application, and dissemination of knowledge through teaching, research, and public service in a comprehensive range of disciplines, thereby serving the needs and enhancing the well-being of citizens in Hong Kong, China as a whole, and the wider world community.

    // About C-Centre of the School of Journalism and Communication

    A key hub of intellectual exchange, the C-Centre (the Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research) contributes to the studies of media and communication by conducting frontline research in Greater China and facilitating comparative scholarship globally.

    // Keynote Speakers (for the August 21 public event)

    Michael Best (Director and Professor, Institute on Computing and Society, United Nations University)
    Wenhong Chen (Assistant Professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin)

    Melissa Gregg (Co-director, Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing)

    Isaac Mao (Director, Social Brain Foundation; Co-Founder, Berry Labs)

    Richard Rogers (Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam)

    // Training Program (from August 22-27)

    The participants will be divided into four groups, and each will focus on one project during a week-long training program led by professional trainers. The major aim of the projects is to analyze the digital data provided or requested by four social organizations with very different nature. The following is an initial description of each group’s project:

    1) Environmental initiative – Participants will examine the Des Voeux Road Central Initiative (DVRC, http://www.dvrc.hk/ <http://www.dvrc.hk/>), an on-going project of the Hong Kong Clean Air Network. The aim is to create a pedestrian and tram precinct in Hong Kong’s central business district, while promoting sustainable lifestyle and reducing air pollution.

    (2) Labor advocacy – This team will focus on the UNIQLO campaign launched by Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM, http://sacom.hk/ <http://sacom.hk/>), a key NGO in Hong Kong engaging in international labor activism. Using a combination of social media channels to raise public awareness, the campaign targets the largest Japanese fast-fashion company whose subcontractors abused Chinese textile workers.

    (3) Social enterprise – Participants in this group will analyze music data provided by Aivvy (http://www.aivvy.com/ <http://www.aivvy.com/>), a tech startup that boasts the world’s first smart music technology platform. More than a consumer electronics company, Aivvy aims to foster social good by connecting less well-known musicians with potential listeners using innovative device and algorithms.

    (4) Politics and democracy – The 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Election will take place on September 4. Several of Hong Kong’s most experienced public opinion researchers will conduct a new project covering the election. This group of participants will study Facebook profiles of the candidates and citizens’ online discussion in ways that shall inform the election study from new, social media angles.

    Prior to joining the Summit, we will send learning materials (e.g., readings, videos, software) to admitted participants, who are supposed to go through the materials and start to get familiarized with the analytical tools and methodological issues. In the morning of Aug 22 Monday, we will hear presentations by experts from each of the four social organizations mentioned above with regard to the project context, major questions at stake, the most relevant data, and the research needs on the ground.

    Then for the following five days (August 22-27), participants need to work with trainers to decide on their analytical strategies, complete data analysis, and prepare for public presentation in the afternoon of Aug 27 Saturday. During the Saturday afternoon session, experts from the social organizations will be invited back to hear group presentations and provide assessments along with members of the general public.

    // Applications & Logistics

    PhD students and young faculty members in all disciplines are welcome to apply by emailing to Ms. Mandy Chan at the C-Centre (c-centre@cuhk.edu.hk <http://c-centre@cuhk.edu.hk/>) a PDF file consisting of:

    (1) a one-page letter explaining how training on digital methods and social development would benefit your current work,

    (2) your CV,

    (3) a copy of your passport (details page only),

    (4) a headshot photo, and

    (5) a 100-word bio.

    Deadline is 21 May 2016 for application to join the Summit including the week-long training program.

    Enrollment is free. For admitted participants from outside Hong Kong, we will provide on-campus accommodation (in twin rooms) and a limited amount of travel subsidies. If you wish to apply for travel subsidies, please use one sentence to indicate in your one-page letter (first page of the application PDF) that you have such financial need.

    Admission decisions will be announced in early June.

    Twitter hashtag #dm&sd

    For additional inquiries please contact Ms. Mandy Chan at the C-Centre.

  • Mark 4:40 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    “So we’ve built it, but have they come?” eCloud workshop 

    I’m going to this, workload permitting:

    The ESF Research Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH), in conjunction with the Europeana Cloud (eCloud) project wishes to invite applications to attend a one-day workshop investigating potential uses for APIs in Humanities and Social Science research.

    The workshop will take place on Wednesday 17th December in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Who is this workshop for?
    We are looking for participants that might fall into two categories:
    •    Humanists and Social Scientists who have no or very little previous experience of using APIs to obtain big data-sets, but are keen to learn of the potentials (approx 10 spaces); and,
    •    Developers who work with Humanities and Social Science themed data-sets (approx 2 spaces).

    Aims of the workshop
    We aim to determine the current state of the art of API use, the barriers, practices and justifications, and develop a workflow that non-technical as well as technically competent humanists can follow in order to obtain big data sets using web services and APIs.

    In doing so, it will bring together researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) who have not (knowingly) used APIs in their research before, but are keen to learn new digital methods, and software developers who make use of AHSS data.  Participants will hear of the potential uses of APIs in AHSS research, and will take part in a practical session to design an experiment using APIs and web-services.  By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to envisage the uses of APIs in their research, and perhaps design their own studies using APIs from Cultural Heritage Institutions.

    The outcomes of this workshop will also help the Europeana Cloud project in its continuing developments of and improvements to the Europeana Portal.

    Travel costs and reasonable accommodation costs can be reimbursed by NeDiMAH for a small number of accepted applicants from countries who are currently in the NeDiMAH network.  You can see a list of those countries here: http://www.nedimah.eu/Contributing-Organisations (please note, while listed, Germany is no longer a contributing country to NeDiMAH). If you wish to be considered for this, please make this clear in your application.

    How to apply
    Spaces for this workshop are very limited.  For this reason, we might not be able to accommodate all applicants to this workshop.  In order for us to assess your suitability, please emailvicky.garnett@tcd.ie with a one-page (A4) document outlining the following:

    •    Your current research
    •    Your current research institution
    •    Your contact details
    •    Your experience of digital methods to date
    •    What you hope to gain from the workshop

    To comply with ESF funding regulations, preference will be given to applicants from countries who are currently in the NeDiMAH network.

    Applications must be received no later than 5pm (GMT) on Friday, 7th November, 2014.

  • Mark 2:52 pm on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Call for Papers: Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology Showcase Event 

    Friday 7th December 2012, British Library, London

    We would like to invite PhD students and early career researchers in the field of digital social research to present their work at the latest event by the Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology network. The seminar series is funded by the National Centre for Research Methods Networks for Methodological Innovation. The event will present case studies from researchers at a variety of career stages and from a variety of disciplines, alongside keynote speakers and a talk from Head of Social Sciences at the British Library on their web archiving project.

    This is an exciting opportunity to present your research at a showcase event designed to highlight best practice and critical issues in digital social research.

    In order to give as many researchers as possible the chance to share their work, and to keep the event lively and focused, accepted presentations will take the form of short ‘PechaKucha’style talks. The format will consist of 10 slides showing an image (or a small piece of text), each displayed for 20 seconds, or 3 minutes and 20 seconds in total. Slides advance automatically to complement your talk. Further details and examples are available from http://www.pecha-kucha.org (please note that due to time constraints, we have halved the time allowed and number of slides).

    Eligibility Criteria:

    *   PhD students or early career researchers (within 3 years of PhD completion) and based in the UK.

    •   Research utilises ‘digital methods’, broadly defined as ‘the use of online and digital technologies to collect and analyse research data’ in any social science discipline.

    Please send us your abstract of no more than 200 words to contact@digitalmethodsnmi.com by 1st October 2012. Your abstract should highlight what you consider to be innovative about your research.

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