Information Studies


DIS Research seminars

DIS offers a supportive environment within which research across different disciplines can take place. We offer some whole-Department research activities, including a series of lunchtime seminars at which faculty, doctoral students and visiting speakers can give informal papers and lead discussions. refreshments are provided. All are welcome.

Lunchtime seminars are held in Foster Court room G31 from 1-2pm on Wednesdays. Usually 20-30 minute talk plus discussion, the seminars provide a chance to present your new research project, some completed work, try out a conference paper about your research or repeat it for the benefit of colleagues. Doctoral students are very welcome to offer a seminar paper or offer their required Upgrade paper.


Term 2: 2018

7 February: Andreas Vlachidis: Semantic Representation and Enrichment of Cultural Heritage Information for Fostering Reinterpretation and Reflection on the European History.

Description: The seminar will present how the modern advances of digital technologies can provide a wider access to information and enable new ways of interacting with and understanding cultural heritage information. In this respect, the EU CrossCult project delivers a working example of connecting and mapping cultural heritage information and data from cultural heritage institutions and venues through an open technological platform.  The process of semantically representing and enriching the available cultural heritage data will be revealed, and the challenges of semantically expressing interrelations and groupings among physical items, venues, digital resources, and ideas will be discussed. In addition, the talk will highlight the major challenges in the creation of a knowledge base resource which aggregates a set of standard Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), such as the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model and the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus.

21 February: Hannah Ishmael:Taking 'affect': the politics of ephemera

This talk will look at the ways in which Black-led archives collect political ephemera, and collect ephemera politically. One of the aspects that I will touch on in this talk is the ways in which the collection of ephemera also builds affective relationships within communities and creates new forms of expressions to 're-story' the past and create new narratives. These underscore the Black-led archives' vision for radical, much needed change within the education and heritage sectors and its position to effect that change for the benefit of future generations.

28 March: Hannah Smyth: The Decade of Centenaries and Irish identity: gender commemoration and digital cultural heritage

Hannah Smyth will talk about digital archives and articulating identity with regards to the 'Decade of Centenaries' project (2012-2023) in Ireland. Many digitization and digital cultural heritage projects have emerged during this decade of commemorations accompanied by heightened engagement with the history and heritage of the period in the civic sphere. This talk will give an overview of the proposed research and research context. It will then outline how it is intended to investigate the digital presence of the centenaries and the ways in which the cultural heritage narratives that these emergent digital resources present are constructed, communicated and experienced. 

2017-18 seminars

Term 1:

25 October: Luke DickensInvestigating social groups and their influence on our online behaviours and preferences

15 November: Jin GaoVisualising Digital Humanities community: a comparison study between citation network and social network

22 November: Giorgos Flouris, visiting academic from FO.R.T.H. (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas) in Greece will speak about Towards Ensuring Privacy in the Digital World: an Approach based on Collective Awareness.

2015-2016 seminars

  • 14 October

What first-class researchers need to know: a seminar and circle of critical friends

Julianne Nyhan (DIS)

A 'nuts and bolts' approach to discussing the hallmarks of excellent research

  • 25 November

Andrew Flinn (DIS)

The question of research impact

  • 20 January

Julianne Nyhan (DIS)

Professor Graham Matthews, REF2014 SP36 member, will talk about reflecting on REF2014 and strategies for REF2020

  • 3 February

Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, Research Data Support Officer, UCL Library Services

'Research data management and open access'

  • 2 March

Daniel Boswell (DIS, MA PUblishing)

'Brave Words - Comparisons and Contrasts in two Small-Nation publishing fields'

  • 16 March

Julianne Nyhan (DIS)

Building a successful online presence

  • 8 June at 12 noon

'Discovering 'minor material'. On the trail of early printed broadsheets in archives and libraries'

Flavia Bruni, Sapienza University of Rome

  • 29 June

Jay Liebowitz (Harrisburg University of Science and Technology): "Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management"

Slides can be downloaded here.


2014-15 seminars

  • 15 October

Future plans and suggestions for research sessions

  •  29 October

Antonis Bikakis, UCL Information Studies

"Machine-Interpretable Online Debates: The Vision of a New Web Paradigm"

  •  12 November

Andrew Flinn, UCL Information Studies

Discussion on research ethics

  • 26 November

Catherine Sharp, UCL Open Access Funding Manager

Adam Cresswell, UCL Research Assessment Support Officer

Discussion on academic outputs, open access and Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Dave's Research Randomiser

  • 28 January

Future plans and suggestions for research sessions

  • 11 February

Iain Stevenson, UCL Information Studies

'Teetotums, trains and world domination: geographical games and their information impact and structure, 1790-2000'

  •  11 March

Jim Collins, UCL Corporate Partnerships Manager (SLASH)
What are corporate partnerships?

Existing engagements and how to develop new ones

  • 3 June

Marius Haugen, Senior Research Librarian, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
'Using Digital Libraries as Primary Research Tool - The Case of Gallica and British Periodicals'

Oliver Duke-Williams, UCL Information Studies

'Inequality in access to education, and inequality in access to information about allocation of school places'