Refereed conference papers

Ackland, R. (2008), "Using Facebook as a Data Source and Platform for e-Researching Social Networks," refereed paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on e-Social Science, 18-20 June 2008, University of Manchester. Download PDF (94K)

Ackland, R. and J. Shorish (2008), "Network Formation in the Political Blogosphere: An Application of Agent Based Simulation and e-Research Tools," refereed paper presented (by J. Shorish) at the 14th Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance, 26-28 June 2008. Note: this is a significantly revised version of the paper presented at the Third International Conference on e-Social Science, 8-9 October 2007, University of Michigan.

Non-refereed conference papers/presentations

Thelwall, M. and R. Ackland, "The Ethics of Large-Scale Web Data Analysis," paper presented (by M. Thelwall) in e-Research Ethics in the Social Sciences session of 3rd ESRC Research Methods Festival, University of Oxford, 30 June - 3 July, 2008.

Working papers/technical reports

Ackland, R. (2008), "What Can We Learn About Distributed Problem Solving Networks Via Web Analysis?," Working paper for Oxford Internet Institute-McKinsey Technology Initiative "Performance of distributed problem-solving networks" project. Download PDF (340K)

Seminar/workshop presentations

R. Ackland - "Online Collective Identity: The Case of the Environmental Movement," Presentation at Department of Management Communication seminar, University of Waikato, 15 January 2008.

R. Ackland - "Analysing the Abortion Debate on the Web as an Online Social Movement," Presentation at Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute seminar, The Australian National University, 8 February 2008.

R. Ackland - "Collective Identity and Competition in an Online Environmental Social Movement," Presentation at Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) Theory Seminar, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, 10 March 2008.

R. Ackland - "Researching Social Inclusion in Australia Using LargeScale Web Crawls," Presentation at School of Sociology and Social Work seminar, University of Tasmania (Hobart campus), 11 April 2008.

R. Ackland - "Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON)," Presentation at Australian National University Supercomputer Facility seminar, 22 April 2008.

R. Ackland - "Social Science of the Internet: Understanding Life in the Age of the Network," Presentation at School of Sociology and Social Work seminar, University of Tasmania (Launceston), 23 April 2008.

R. Ackland - "Online Collective Identity: The Case of the Environmental Movement," Presentation at School of Behavioural Sciences seminar, University of Melbourne, 6 June 2008.

R. Ackland - "Using Facebook as a Data Source and Platform for e-Researching Social Networks," Presentation at Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, 26 June 2008.

Grants

R. Ackland - travel grant to attend 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, 18-20 June 2008.

Events organised

VOSON tutorial at the 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, 18-20 June 2008, University of Manchester. Organised by R. Ackland.