MSc Web Science – Week 25

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Got stuffed/Son of Groucho © 2014/CC BY 2.0

I did very badly building an OWL ontology using Protége – for Semantic Web Technologies assessed coursework. On the plus side, next time I need to build an ontology (if there is a next time) I should do much better.

This week’s readings (some require subscription access):

COMP6052 Social Networking Technology

List taken from lecture slides:

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MSc Web Science – Week 23

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Owl/kudumomo © 2013/CC BY 2.0

This week I have been getting to grips with OWL (Web Ontology Language) – using an interesting tool called Protége.

This week’s readings (some require subscription access):

COMP6050 – Semantic Web for Web Science

COMP6052 Social Networking Technology

List taken from lecture slides:

RESM6003 – Qualitative Methods

MSc Web Science – Week 22

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Web Science Research Week/Tim O’Riordan © 2014/CC BY 2.0

Last week we of the MSc Web Science cohort spent time between classes and course work taking part in Web Science Research Week 2014. I worked with the “Using Linked Data” team (see last weeks post) on a project initiated by Dave Tarrant, Senior Trainer at the Open Data Institute (ODI). At our initial meeting we decided to alter focus base research around the question: “What does employee social network activity tell us about organisational decision making?”. During the week this morphed into exploring ODI social network activity and international press reports about open data – and in an object lesson on what can realistically be achieved in the few hours we had, I spent some time attempting and failing to correlate this against  data.gov.uk Usage Statistics.

Outcomes from the week were a superb presentation at the Royal Society (delivered expertly by team colleague Mark Anderson – pictured above) and a much better understanding of the tall task involved in ‘data wrangling’ – i.e. cleaning up data and finding suitable tools and visualisation methods that clearly and reliably illustrate relevant findings. Oh, and loads of Twitter activity (#websciresweek and #wsirs).

This week’s readings (some require subscription access):

COMP6050 – Semantic Web for Web Science

COMP6052 Social Networking Technology

RESM6003 – Qualitative Methods

For the seminar on analsing qualitative data and presenting findings, download materials from ESDS Qualidata, UK Data Archive.

MSc Web Science – Week 21

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Open Data Institute Annual Summit/ODI © 2013/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Next week is Web Science Research Week. I’m working on a team project: Using Linked Data to Record and Expose Linked Resources. This is the brief:

Critical to the research is the collection, curation and organisation of related work, examples and business cases that build the key evidence base upon which further work can be carried out scientifically – standing on the shoulders of giants. While an individual may be able to collate and organise references to other works, it is a much harder job to organise and expose multiple collections of resources at an organisational (and global) scale. This project aims to ask if linked data can help? The ODI uses several mechanism to collect links, references and citations, each suited to the demand of its project and individual preferences of those carrying out each project. These links and references represent a valuable resource not only to the organisation itself but also to the wider population, however organising and exposing these links in context with the reports, projects and work they relate to is a problem as yet unsolved. With several projects now complete, links and references have accumulated in Google Docs, Pinboard and Zotero and we want to find out if these references can be organised, given back context (where they have been used), interlinked (related links) and exposed. We believe linked data could hold the answer to these problems.

This week’s readings:

COMP6050 – Semantic Web for Web Science

  • Daniele Nardi and Ronald J. Brachman, An Introduction to Description Logics, in Franz Baader, Diego Calvanese, Deborah L. McGuinness, Daniele Nardi and Peter F. Patel-Schneider (eds) The Description Logic Handbook: Theory, implementation and applications, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp1-40
  • F. Baader and W. Nutt, Basic Description Logics, in Franz Baader, Diego Calvanese, Deborah L. McGuinness, Daniele Nardi and Peter F. Patel-Schneider (eds) The Description Logic Handbook: Theory, implementation and applications, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp47-100
  • FOAF Worksheet

COMP6052 Social Networking Technology

RESM6003 – Qualitative Methods

  • Blenkinsop, L. (2009) ‘The internet: virtual space’, in S. Barber and C. Peniston-Bird (eds) History Beyond the Text: A student’s guide to approaching alternative sources, pp. 122-135
  • Dobson, M. (2009) ‘Letters’, in M. Dobson and B. Ziemann, Reading Primary Sources: The interpretation of texts from nineteenth- and twentieth-century history, pp. 57-73 [e-book]
  • Roper, M. (2009) The Secret Battle: Emotional survival in the Great War, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Steven, S. (2002) ‘Making sense of letters and diaries’, History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web.
  • Background reading on archives and source interpretation:
  • Abrams, L. (2010) Oral History Theory, London: Routledge [D 16.11 ABR] (Review).
  • Jordanova, L. (2012) The Look of the Past: Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice, Cambridge University Press.
  • Tosh, J. (2006, 4th edn) The Pursuit of History: Aims, methods and new directions in the study of modern history, Pearson. [D 16.2 TOS] Ch. 3, ‘The Raw materials’ and Ch. 4, ‘Using the sources’ [e-book]
  • Trouillot, M-R. (2004) Silencing the Past: Power and the production of history, Boston: Beacon Press

MSc Web Science – Week 20

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Girl inspector confers with worker/Library of Congress c. 1939/No known copyright restrictions 

This week’s readings (some resources require institutional login):

COMP6047 – Further Web Science

Social Movements/Global Justice Activism
Analysing Protests
Slacktivism

COMP6048 – Interdisciplinary Thinking

  • Repko A. F. (2008) Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory. Sage Publications. Chapters 10, 11 and 12.

COMP6050 – Semantic Web for Web Science

COMP6052 Social Networking Technology

  • Shuen, A. (2008) Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide. O’Reilly Media, Inc. [HD 30.213 SHU] Example chapter.
  • Gladwell, M. (2001) The Tipping Point. Abacus. [HM 251 GLA]
  • Watts, D. J. (2004) Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age. W. W. Norton & Co. [QA 166 WAT]

RESM6003 – Qualitative Methods

Methodology