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More about the Social Networks WebCamp this Wednesday

30 people have signed up for the forthcoming WebCamp “Social Networks” day of talks and discussions on Wednesday, 7th March. Again, this was organised on very short notice (just announced last Monday) but the response has been amazing, in part due to the high quality of speakers we will have and also because of the topic relevance and scope. Oh, and it’s free!

So, here is a bit about each of our speakers. If anyone has any ideas of what they’d like to discuss in the afternoon, please post them here.

20070303c.jpgValdis Krebs is a management consultant, researcher, trainer, author, and the developer of InFlow software for social and organisational network analysis (SNA/ONA). InFlow maps and measures knowledge exchange, information flow, emergent communities, networks of alliances and other connections within and between organisations and communities. Since 1988, Valdis has participated in almost 500 SNA/ONA projects. His clients have ranged from IBM to Shell, and his work has been covered in major media from Business Week to the New York Times.

20070303d.jpgJill Freyne is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science in University College Dublin. She received her PhD and BSc degrees from UCD, and worked as part of the I-SPY research project which was funded by Enterprise Ireland. Dr. Freyne specialises in the area of social search, and also has research interests in personalisation, social networks, web search and folksonomies.

20070303e.jpgConor Hayes is a senior researcher at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at NUI Galway. He previously worked at the Centre for Scientific and Technological Research (ITC-IRST) in Italy. Dr. Hayes’ interests include online recommender and advisory systems, case-based reasoning, collaborative filtering, user profiling, knowledge discovery in databases, information retrieval and machine learning systems, and trend discovery in online communities (such as the online music or blog domains).

20070303f.jpgDes Traynor is co-creator of Bigulo, an enhanced search and rating system for users of social networking services (such as Bebo). He works as a lecturer and PhD scholar in the Department of Computer Science, NUI Maynooth and is an expert on computer science education and social networks. Please note that Des may be replaced on the day by Bigulo colleague Andrew Page.

20070303g.jpgGabriela Avram is a blogger, researcher, and educator, currently working at the Interaction Design Center in the University of Limerick. She is involved in a major project at UL on globally-distributed software development. Dr. Avram’s research interests include social software, online communities, blogging in corporate environments, knowledge-based systems, learning elements in education, and open source communities.

DM110 – Week 4 – Social Networks

DM110 Emerging Web Media is a module that I teach to the Masters in Digital Media course at the Huston Film School, National University of Ireland, Galway. Yesterday, I was talking about social network theory (in brief) and online social network services (SNS). You can view the slides below.

Edit: I’ve also uploaded the previous lectures as Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3

I'm teaching an "Emerging Web Media" module next year

I not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before before but I’ll be teaching a new module to Masters students in Digital Media at the Huston Film School in NUI Galway next semester (as referenced by Haydn in last month’s Irish Times article). The aim of the module is to educate these students on applications of new web technologies to digital media, including Web 2.0 applications such as podcasting, blogging and content syndication. Here’s the module synopsis.

“Emerging Web Media”

This module will begin with an introduction to previous forms of web media communication, and describe in detail the emergent trends and technologies being employed for media communication through the Web. These include:

  • Blogs (online journals or sets of chronological news entries that are maintained by individuals, communities or commercial entities, and can be used to publish personal opinions, diary-like articles or news stories relating to a particular interest or product)
  • Wikis (collaboratively edited websites that can be updated or added to by anyone with an interest in the topic covered by the wiki site, and have been used to create online encyclopedias, photo galleries and literature collections)
  • Audio podcasts (also known as audio blogs, podcasts are to radio what blogs are to newspapers or magazines, and people can create and distribute audio content using podcasts for public consumption and playback on personal/portable media players, computers or other MP3-enabled devices)
  • Video podcasts (also known as “vlogs” from video blogs or “vodcasts” from video podcasts, this is where people can produce and publish video content on the Web for consumption on media playing-devices, and this content can range from individuals publishing home movies or their own news “interviews”, to studios releasing TV episodes or movies for a fee)
  • Content syndication (a means whereby people can keep up to date with material published via the new media communication methods above, through RSS, Atom and other subscription methods)
  • Annotated social bookmarks and photo sharing (sites like Flickr, del.icio.us and Google Maps are allowing people to publicly publish textual or multimedia content along with associated annotations of use to others)

I will also be uploading slides to our DERI teaching site after each week’s lectures.

(No, Martin Sheen won’t be taking this course!)

Martin Sheen, NUI Galway (and Ireland's) most famous mature student

I’ve been seeing lots of Martin Sheen in the Irish media recently. For those of you who don’t know, the West Wing actor and movie star is currently finishing up his semester as a mature student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was studying English literature, philosophy and oceanography.

Martin Sheen is probably used to playing courageous characters on screen, but with all his accompanying fame I think that enrolling as an undergraduate student at NUI Galway must have taken more courage than you would expect from a typical Hollywood celebrity.

Also of note is his work for various charities while he has been in Galway. He need not have bothered, but he deserves our respect for doing so…

Here’s a funny quote from Martin Sheen in today’s Irish Independent:

Despite his instantly recognisable features, there were a few students who did not recognise the actor, but one of his favourite anecdotes concerns one who obviously did:

“Is it yourself?” the student inquired when he came across Sheen wandering around the campus, apparently lost.

“It is,” said Sheen.

“Where is your minder?” the young man demanded.

Sheen said he didn’t know what a “minder” was. “Your bodyguard,” came the reply. “I don’t have one,” said the actor.

“More power to you,” said the student and off he went.

Other articles about Martin Sheen at NUI Galway from The Guardian, The Irish Examiner, The Washington Post, BBC News, and The Sunday Times.