2012

Other

February 2012 - Robert Ackland wrote a policy brief titled Social media and national security: A computational social scientist's perspective for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Grants

R. Ackland - travel grant to attend the Fourth International Workshop on Network Theory: Networked Social Movements, jointly organised by the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) and SONIC, held at the University of Southern California, 26-28 April.

ANU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grant for "Computational Social Science Weblab" (R. Ackland and L. Xie; $10K, 2013).

Seminar/workshop presentations

April/May 2012 - Robert Ackland gave presentations on "Revealed Preference in Information Networks" at:

August 2012 - Robert Ackland gave a presentation on "Science and the Social Media: A Computational Social Science Perspective" at  panel organised by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, ACT Division, 15 August.  Download presentation.

August 2012 - Dr Maurice Vergeer (Radboud University Nijmegen) gave an ADSRI seminar presentation on "Online political communication in elections: The use of party and candidate websites and social media in election campaigns."

November 2012 - Robert Ackland presented on "Social Media and the Network Structure of Social Capital" at the ANU's Social Psychology Spring Workshop "Considering social capital: Perspectives across the social and behavioural sciences".

Visitors

Chengjun Wang, doctoral student from the Web Mining Lab at the City University of Hong Kong, visited ADSRI and the VOSON project from February to June.

 

2011

Journal articles

Ackland, R. and M. O'Neil (2011), "Online collective identity: The case of the environmental movement," Social Networks, 33, 177-190. (download pre-print)This paper received the 2012 Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) Paper Award! The CITASA Paper Award recognises an outstanding published paper or book chapter related to the sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology.

Lusher, D. and R. Ackland (2011), "A Relational Hyperlink Analysis of an Online Social Movement," Journal of Social Structure, 12(5). Available at: http://www.cmu.edu/joss/content/articles/volume12/Lusher/

Working papers

R. Ackland and J. Shorish (2011), "Homophily on the Web," paper prepared for Digital Methods: Tools for Analysis workshop, held at University of Manchester, 10th November 2011.

F. Borquez and R. Ackland (2011), "Horses for Courses? A Comparative Study of Web Crawlers for the Social Sciences," in preparation.

R. Ackland and L. Wu (2011), "Revealed Preference in Networks," poster and abstract prepared for the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), New York University Stern School of Business, September 30th - October 1st, 2011. (download poster) (download abstract)

Grants

R. Ackland - travel grant to attend Third International Workshop on Network Theory: Web Science Meets Network Science jointly organised by the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) and SONIC, held at Northwestern University, 4-6 March.

Seminar/workshop presentations

October 2011 - Robert Ackland gave seminar presentations on "Horses for Courses?  A Comparative Study of Web Crawlers for the Social Sciences" (joint with Francisca Borquez) at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland (4th October) and the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group, Northwestern University (7th October).

October 2011 - Robert Ackland gave a poster presentation titled "Revealed Preference in Networks" (joint with Lingfei Wu) at the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), New York University Stern School of Business, September 30th - October 1st, 2011.

May 2011 - Robert Ackland was a guest speaker at an Alliance Française De Canberra event titled Café Scientifique – nanotechnology: is smaller better?, 20 May.

May 2011 - Robert Ackland and Heather Crawford discussed the contribution of VOSON to e-Research and success factors for e-Research at a meeting of the ANU Integration Network, 17 May.

March 2011 - Robert Ackland gave a presentation at the HC Coombs Policy Forum on Social Media, Privacy and Security titled Web 2.0: Context, Uptake and Implications, 11 March.

March 2011 - Robert Ackland attended the Third International Workshop on Network Theory: Web Science Meets Network Science, Northwestern University, 4-6 March.

Visitors

Hai Liang and Lingfei Wu, doctoral students from the Web Mining Lab at the City University of Hong Kong, visited ADSRI and the VOSON project from February to June.

 

2010

Journal articles

Ackland, R., Gibson, R., Lusoli, W. and S. Ward (2010), "Engaging with the public? Assessing the online presence and communication practices of the nanotechnology industry," Social Science Computer Review, 28(4), 443-465. (download pre-print)

Book chapters

Ackland, R. (2010), "WWW Hyperlink Networks," Chapter 12 in D. Hansen, B. Shneiderman and M. Smith (eds), Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world. Morgan-Kaufmann. (download pre-print) Elsevier page Amazon page

Ackland, R. (2010), "'Superstar' Concentrations of Scientific Output and Recognition," in W. H. Dutton and P. W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (download pre-print)

den Besten, M., Ackland, R., Fry, J. and R. Schroeder (2010), "Collaboration Among e-Research Projects in the UK: An Analysis Using Online Research Methods," in M. Anandarajan & A. Anandarajan eds. E-Research Collaboration: Frameworks, Tools and Techniques, Berlin: Springer.

Grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP110100446 "The institutional structure of e-government: a cross-policy, cross-country comparison" (P. Henman, R. Ackland and H. Margetts; $300,000; 2011-2013)

Seminar/workshop presentations

December 2010 – Robert Ackland and Jiaying Zhao from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute gave presentations on online social networks and hyperlink analysis using VOSON at the ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2010.

Training programs

ACSPRI Summer Program course on Online Research Methods, run at the ANU, January 11-15. Instructors: Robert Ackland and Susannah Sabine.

 

2009

Journal articles

Ackland, R. and J. Shorish (2009), "Network Formation in the Political Blogosphere: An Application of Agent Based Simulation and e-Research Tools," Computational Economics, 34(4), 383-398. (download earlier version of paper)

Ackland, R. (2009), "Social Network Services as Data Sources and Platforms for e-Researching Social Networks," Social Science Computer Review Special Issue on e-Social Science, 27(4), 481-492. (download pre-print)

Grants

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP0990974 "The role of online social networks in successful ageing: benefitting from 'who you know' at older ages" (H. Booth, R. Ackland and T. Windsor; $390,000; 2009-2012). Funding amount includes $120,000 contribution by industry partner (National Seniors Australia). 

Seminar/workshop presentations

R. Ackland - "Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks," Presentation (via Skype) to Politics and Web 2.0 Research Methods Workshop, jointly hosted by Infoscape and the National Centre for e-Social Science, Manchester, 20 February 2009.

R. Ackland - "An Agent-Based Network Formation Model of the Political Blogosphere," Presentation at School of Economics seminar, The Australian National University, 30 April 2009.

Dr H. Wai-Yip (City University of Hong Kong) "Mapping Emerging Chinese Muslim Online Networks: Preliminary Findings and Implications for Society, State and Economy" ADSRI Seminar series, 18 August 2009.  

Visitors

Dr Ho Wai-Yip is the Endeavour Research Fellow (2009-2010), currently the Visiting Fellow in Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University. He taught at Hong Kong Institute of Education and will be the Assistant Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong.  

Student theses/projects

Lin Chen - "A Drupal social network service as a data source for researching social networks," COMP8790 - Software Engineering Project, The Australian National University, semester 1 2009.

XianTong Chen - "Optimizing the VOSON e-Research tool," COMP8790 - Software Engineering Project, The Australian National University, semester 1 2009.

 

2008

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. Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford) "Research Instruments: Driving e-Science?" ADSRI seminar series, 22 Februaary 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.

D. Lusher (University of Melbourne) "Asylum Seeker Advocacy Groups in Australia: Examining hyperlinking behaviours using VOSON and PNet", ADSRI seminar series, 8 August 2008.

Grants

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

Visitors

Dr Ralph Schroeder is a James Martin research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University. He is an investigator on the Oxford e-Social Science (OeSS) Project. February 2008.

Dr Dean Lusher is a Research Fellow from the School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne. August 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.