Dr Cowan appears at the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and EnvironmentDr Cowan was invited to the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment to discuss the use of data collected by digital assistants, including voice-operated assistants. He gave evidence from the user perspective, highlighting the need to consider data collection practices and the privacy implications of voice interfaces.
Dr Cowan to present his work at Microsoft Research CambridgeDr Cowan has been invited to present his work to leading researchers at Microsoft Research. His talk, entitled "Perspective Taking in Human-Machine Dialogue Human-likeness, Partner models and language production in voice user interface interaction" will discuss how people perceive what speech systems can do and whether the use of human-likeness is appropriate in speech interactions.
CUI 2019: UCD ICS's Benjamin Cowan & Leigh Clark organise the first ACM In-Cooperation International Conference in Conversational User InterfacesDr's Benjamin Cowan & Leigh Clark hosted the first CUI conference in Dublin. The conference aimed to develop a collaborative community around human-computer interaction issues in speech and language technology, with specific interest in theory based and applied scientific issues in the field of speech and text based conversational user interfaces. The event brought together leading speech and HCI researchers, who showcased their cutting edge research related to the field, debating the future of conversational interfaces. The event saw keynote presentations from Prof. Susan Brennan (Stony Brook) and Dr Cosmin Munteanu (University of Toronto, Mississauga) discussing the key challenges for conversations with machines.
Prof Eugenia Siapera will speak at the Irish Security Series #15: The rise of right wing extremism and what this may mean for Ireland.The panel will speak about extremism and radicalisation from the right wing perspective, referencing specific examples that may have relevance in the Irish context, whilst also discussing whether there are trends and patterns that we should be aware of and monitor in the context of Ireland.
Takes place in the RIA on Friday 18th October, 9:30am - 12:30pm.
The Community of Practice for School Managers has now completed its first year of operation.News from The Community of Practice for School Managers by our own School Manager, Claire Nolan, who writes about reflection on the year that has passed, and preparation for the year to come.
The 2019 Postgraduate Orientation will be on the 5th of September 10am -12pm, Theatre 1, Newman Building.We would like to welcome our incoming postgraduate students and ask for you to attend the postgraduate orientation on the 5th of September, this is to help you settle into life at UCD. The orientation is divided into 5 sections; Programme Structure, Teaching Methods, Resources, Communication & Codes of Conduct. Our School Manager Claire Nolan will be running the orientation.
Graduate Checklist! - This page will provide you with important information regarding your registration at UCD.
Professor Eugenia Siapera, our Head of School, was interviewed for The Times UK, 'Call for help to combat online harassment'."It is clear that the self regulatory model is not working. I think we are placing too much power in the hands of private for-profit corporations who do not and cannot deal with important political problems."
Our MSc & MLIS students had their Thesis Poster Session on Thursday 8th Aug 2019.There were some very interesting topics this year at our MSc & MLIS students Thesis Poster Session 2019.
Topics included human-machine dialogue, digital storytelling, data visualisation, data privacy and LGBTQ+ representation online and in libraries.
GDLIS opportunity to progress to MLIS!UCD School of Information and Communication Studies is pleased to offer an opportunity for Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (GDLIS) holders to progress to the MLIS qualification. To undertake this conversion, you will need to complete a Capstone project or Thesis, plus 5-15 credits of module. The number of credits that you will be required to take will be recommended based on your prior work experience and continuing professional development (CPD) activities.
To apply, please use our MLIS PT (W099) application portal and indicate ‘GradDip’ holder in your application.
Queries can be sent to Dr. Lai Ma at email@example.com.
Fellows in Teaching and Academic Development Appointed 2018-20.Two Fellowship research teams have been formed to focus on university-wide enhancement in teaching and learning through strategic policy and practice-based research over the next two years. Associate Professor Crystal Fulton, UCD School of Information and Communication Studies, has been appointed to an action research project and will focus on the transition to Brightspace from a pedagogical perspective, exploring key questions around how the VLE could be leveraged to support the achievement of priority actions in UCD Education Strategy.
An exciting journey begins for one of our Data Journalism Students.Congratulations to Aoife Ryan-Christensen, who has been selected for a Google News Initiative Fellowship. Aoife is one of two fellows selected in Ireland and is one of 40 young journalists selected for the GNI fellowship Europe Program, out of a total of 800 applications. Aoife studies Data Journalism in UCD School of Information and Communication Studies and will be working with RTÉ for the duration of her fellowship.
The School of Information and Communication Studies at UCD is offering one PhD Scholarship to an outstanding applicant this year.
For 2019, PhD proposals on the topics of Data and Computational Journalism, Social Media for News, Data Driven Storytelling, Information Visualisation, and Science Communication will receive preference.
Deadline is 1st May
We rank among the worlds best!We are delighted & very proud to be listed amongst the global top 50 in the QS Library and Information Management Subject Ranking!
Congratulations to all our wonderful staff for this achievement.
There were 6 UCD subjects in the top 50 QS World University Rankings.
Congratulations to our Prof Kalpana Shankar and Christine Cullen on being shortlisted for Best Short Research Paper for iConference 2019
Along with Kristin Eschenfelder, & Laurie Bucholz their paper titled; Public-Private Partnerships in Data Services: Learning From Genealogy, has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2019 Best Short Research Paper at this years iConference.
New MSc Communication and Media programme launched and starting September 2019This brand new MSc in Communication & Media is designed for students who wish to explore a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communication studies in depth. It offers a broad interdisciplinary foundation in theory and practices in relation to communication content and audience reception, processes of mediation and influence, regulation and power, political economy, ethics, digital platforms and human-computer interaction.
UCD School of Information and Communication Studies students selected for traineeships in the EU Library.We are delighted to announce that two of our students, Sophia Lynch and Eliska Komarkova have been selected for traineeships in the EU Library. Congratulations to them and good luck in their roles.
Associate Professor Crystal Fulton has been selected as one of the UCD Teaching Fellows for 2019-2020Crystal has been selected as one of the UCD Teaching Fellows for 2019-2020, and will be working with three other fellows on a research project which focuses on Designing for Learning in the VLE; the project will address the transition to Brightspace from a pedagogical perspective, exploring key questions around how the VLE could be leveraged to support the achievement of priority actions in UCD Education Strategy.
Dr. Bahareh Heravi has been appointed to Ireland's Open Data Governance Board.The Open Data Governance Board was established in 2015. The Board provides srategic leadership and governance in line with international best practice in the area of Open Data. It is tasked with considering how to improve the capacity and capability of public bodies in implementing Open Data, and considering opportunities to maximise the value of public sector data and information for long-term economic, social and democratic benefits.
Associate Professor Crystal Fulton, UCD School of Information and Communication Studies, has been declared overall winner of the 2018 University College Dublin Research Impact Case Study Competition.Assoc. Prof. Fulton won this competition for the first national study on the social impact of problem gambling in Ireland. Her study has helped to drive the conversation regarding an issue that negatively impacts many thousands of people in Ireland. The research is being used by the Department of Justice and Equality to inform new regulations around gambling, and also by service providers, such as addiction counsellors, in helping those affected by addiction.
Children and Youth Information Services, CPD CertificateNew CPD certificate in, Children and Youth Information Services, starting semester 1. This module is aimed at information professionals and para-professionals interested in children and youth services.
Our MSc Digital Information Management is a finalist for the Digital Preservation Coalition Award for Teaching and CommunicationsThe prestigious Digital Preservation Awards are a world-wide celebration of significant and state-of-the-art contributions to securing our digital legacy
Information Professional as Teacher, CPD CertificateLAI-accredited module at UCD School of Information & Communication Studies - starting semester 2. This is a practice-oriented module, that aims to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of teaching and learning, and to explore the practical teaching strategies and approaches that are available to Information Professionals in the 21st Century.
Assoc Prof Crystal Fulton Wins Outstanding Information Science Award 2018The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) award is to recognize
the unique teaching contribution of an individual as a teacher of information science.
Slides from the Caring for digitised and born digital AV collections: Open source tools workshop.On 21 June 2018 The School of Information and Communication Studies sponsored a workshop on caring for the use of open source tools in caring for digitised and born digital AV collections. The workshop was taught by Kieran O'Leary of the Irish Film Institute. Kieran has kindly made his files available for those who could not attend.
The iSchools Organisation establishes new governance structure.The iSchools Organisation has unveiled a new governance structure that is expected to make the Organisation more responsive to the needs of its members.
UCD Data Journalism CPD course article, published by RTÉ Investigates.Students and participants of UCD Data Journalism, a part-time CPD course, wrote an article that was published by RTÉ Investigates. The title of the article is: Accident Prone Nation: Personal Injury in Ireland.
The iConference 2019 is now accepting submissions.The conference will take place March 31-April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC, under the theme “inform | include | inspire.” It will include peer-reviewed papers and posters, as well as workshops, interactive sessions, and other sessions geared toward faculty, researchers, graduate students and, starting this year, undergraduate students.
UCD School of Information and Communication Studies seek a Professor/Full Professor (Head of School) in Information and Communication Studies.University College Dublin is seeking to fill a Professor/Full Professor role in Information and Communication Studies to offer leadership to the School in its goal to grow its research, teaching, and international engagement. This is a permanent full-time role in the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies.
UCD iSchool and School of Sociology Staff Receive €375K Science Foundation Ireland Grant.Professor Kalpana Shankar has received a €375,000, four year grant from Science Foundation Ireland to study peer review process and outcomes at the agency.
MLIS student Mary Clare O'Brien, has been awarded the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust.Congratulations to Mary Clare O'Brien, one of our MLIS students, who has been awarded the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust, to research and catalogue the Irish Sweepstakes graphic design and advertisement collection, for the National Irish Visual Arts Library.
A new one-year postgraduate cert in Digital Information Stewardship is being offered by Humboldt University and UCD School of Information and Communication Studies.In coordination with Humboldt University (Berlin)'s School of Library and Information Science, UCD's School of Information and Communication Studies is offering a postgraduate certificate in Digital Information Stewardship. The certificate will be issued by Humboldt University but students will take modules online and in person in Dublin.
Waki Kamino, an undergraduate student, has been selected for a research fellowship.Congratulations to Waki Kamino, one of our undergraduate students, who has been selected for an International Summer Research Fellowship at the School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering at Indiana University-Bloomington to work with Selma Sabanovic.
Graduate Kim Harte has been awarded The Alan Harrison Medal.Graduate of The School of Information and Communication Studies, Kim Harte, has been awarded The Alan Harrison Medal. The medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in the BA degree examination who entered the degree as a mature student. Congratulations Kim from all at the school.
NUI Travelling Studentship in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017PhD student Diego Garaialde was awarded a NUI Travelling Studentship. He will visit the University of Birmingham and University College London in the UK and Cerego LLC in California, USA, as part of his Travelling Studentship.
Two UCD iSchool lecturers nominated for the Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper Award at iConference 2018The School of Information and Communication Studies at UCD is pleased to announce the nomination of two of our lecturers as the finalists for the “Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper” award at the iConference 2018.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Amber Cushing and Dr. Bahareh Heravi on this achievement.