Robert Ackland was awarded a 3-year Australian Research Council Grant for the project "Understanding online attention and user-generated content creation: An information consumption and production perspective". There is a strong practical need for methods for understanding and measuring online behaviour.
As part of The Australian Sociological Association’s 50 Year Celebrations, Robert Ackland ran a master class for Masters and PhD students titled "Digital Methodologies: The next 50 years of research?" The master class was designed for Masters or PhD students who are thinking about or doing research drawing upon digitized methodologies, such as web based, s
Robert Ackland ran a five-day course on Social Media Analysis the ACSPRI Winter Program, University of Technology Sydney, 1-5 July 2013. The course provides students with an introduction to social media analysis in the context of social research. The course is designed for social researchers interested in social media, and covers methods of
Book "Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age" now published!
Robert Ackland's new book Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age (SAGE Publications) was published in June 2013! Also see the Web Social Science website.The book is a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of web Social S
VOSON Lab affiliates: Mathieu O'Neil and Mahin Raissi gave presentations at the Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), in Hamburg, Germany. Mahin presented on "Social Capital and Successful Ageing: Evidence from a Facebook Study" (joint with Robert Ackland) and Mathieu presented on "Competi
We reached an important milestone November last year, with our 1,000th VOSON registered user!
Robert Ackland and Mahin Raissi gave seminar presentations at the Department of Communication, Radboud University Nijmegen. Robert presented on his Twitter research and Mahin presented on her PhD research into social capital, social influence and successful ageing (using data from the AuSON Facebook application). We are very thankful to
Robert Ackland gave a seminar presentation on "Social Media and the Network Structure of Social Capital" at the Social Policy Unit, School of Social Work and Human Services, University of Queensland.The same presentation was given on November 2012, at the ANU's Social Psychology Spring Workshop "Considering social capital: Perspectives across the social and behavioural sciences".
ANU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grant awarded for the "Computational Social Science Weblab".
Dr Robert Ackland and Lexing Xie (Computer Science, ANU) were awarded an ANU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grant for the "Computational Social Science Weblab".Computational Social Science is an emerging field involving the application of network science and computational approaches to the analysis of large-scale datasets collected fro
The VOSON Lab have released a Facebook application called Australian Seniors' Online Networks (AuSON), which will help shed light on how Australian seniors are using the Facebook social networking site to connect with friends and family, and the relationship between social networks and successful ageing.Once the AuSON Facebook application is installed, it