#saveIWS

This was the hashtag in the last days which has brought our information science community slightly closer.

The Story

The story behind this hashtag is the faculty decision on the closure of the information science department at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. The dean himself said that the faculty council always have to decide between disappointing decisions when there is the need to economize and to cut a professor’s position at the faculty. He has decided to cut the position of Prof. Wolfgang G. Stock, who is the only professor at the department on information science in Düsseldorf and to close the department which was responsible for four degree programs, in the same vein.

This is a hard and radical decision which the dean and the faculty council have to take. As there are objective arguments for and against the closure of the information science department in Düsseldorf an open discussion is needed. (more…)

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Relating to data through visualisation: 3 funded PhD studentships in the UK

Relating To Data: understanding data through visualisation is a network of three funded PhD studentships which focuses on how people relate to data through their visualisation, the narratives and meanings people attach to visualisations and the potential understanding produced by them. The successful candidates will be located at one of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York, depending on the studentship for which they apply (see below). The network brings together supervisors with expertise in data visualisation, big data/data power and user-centred digital design with two world-leading and award-winning data visualisation agencies, Clever-Franke (https://www.cleverfranke.com/) and Visualising Data (http://www.visualisingdata.com/). As such it provides exciting opportunities for three PhD students interested in the social scientific study of data in society.

The network is funded by the UK?s ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) WRDTC (White Rose Doctoral Training Centre). As such, it is only open to UK and EU nationals. Applicants who have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date will be eligible for a fees + maintenance award; applicants not resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start date will be eligible for a fees only award.
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Research Data Science Summer School

Trieste Italy August 1-12, 2016

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in collaboration with CODATA, RDA and TWAS, is organising a short course in the data science approaches and skills that are essential for 21st century research. The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will be held at the ICTP, Trieste, Italy from 1st to 12th August 2016.

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Call for Student Papers: Indexing and retrieval of non-textual information

“Winners will receive a Best Student Paper award and $500 cash prize”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, April 4, 2016

FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Friday, April 15, 2016

FINALIST PRESENTATIONS: Wednesday, April 27 or Thursday, April 28, 2016

 

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Arts and Humanities (SIG-AH) and the Special Interest Group for Visualization, Images, & Sound (SIG-VIS) are seeking previously unpublished papers for a Master’s and a PhD student research paper award. Finalists will be invited to present their research at the Second Virtual Symposium on Information and Technology in the Arts and Humanities (April 27 and 28) and winners will receive a Best Student Paper award and $500 cash prize. Finalist presentations and papers will be archived with other material from the event and published in a formal 2016 Symposium Proceedings. (more…)

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ESC Newsletter January 2016

We are happy to present the new edition of the first newsletter of the European Student Chapter in this year.
Topics of the issue are:
• Presentation of the new ESC Board Members
• “I was at…“ – four students report on their conference attendance
• Do you know? (new topic)
• Lexicon (new topic)
• News
• Do not miss (conferences & webinars)
• Challenge
• Membership
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Two funded PhDs at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s

Two Scholarships at the PhD level (starting September 2016) are available in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of David Lyon and/or David Murakami Wood. The project is a multi-disciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big data analytics in many domains: security, consumer, health, welfare, electoral, intelligence, employment and others. The project is coordinated through the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University.

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