As a Web Scientist, I’ve really appreciated the interdisciplinary aspect of UOSM2008, allowing me to engage with peers from a variety of academic backgrounds. I’ve also enjoyed the diversity of topics covered. Prior to the start of the module, I hadn’t come across the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” but after researching I could … More A final UOSM2008 reflection
The fifth and final topic has proved to be extremely thought provoking which I must say came as a surprise. After a comment from Ji, I explained how I felt OA (Open Access) was ethically sound, when done correctly. The discussion also solidified how OA should be a choice and not a requirement for authors. … More Open Access – A reflection
How often do you encounter the issue outlined in the above video? In the past, concerns have been raised over increasing amounts of research content becoming exclusively accessible through ‘content paywalls’ (Lepitak, 2013). Today, I feel this fear has come to light, as can be seen with the development of tools such as http://www.unpaywall.org which trawl … More The advantages and disadvantages of an open access approach towards content production
After discussions in various comments, I feel I need to explicitly address Net Neutrality and why it’s not necessarily a straight forward issue: This difference in opinion is evidenced in the different approaches adopted by the USA and Canada respectively. In a comment on my post, Mark included an interesting article which instead focused on … More The ethical challenges of social media – A reflection
The proliferation of social media has brought with it an influx of ethical challenges but what exactly does ethics mean? Sources: Ethics definition, cyberethics definition, computer ethics definition Whilst not exclusive to social media, one particular ethical issue emphasised through its use is the ‘Digital Divide’. This is widely accepted to denote the division between … More The digital divide and social media – An ethical discussion
After reading Wil’s post I was pleased to see that he agreed that failing to engage in ‘social’ content online can actually have a detrimental effect on the authenticity of your professional profile. In a discussion, Wil provided some extremely interesting resources which looked to explain how his personality often restricts his behaviour online but … More Developing an authentic online professional profile – a reflection
In my last post I mentioned how some people choose to portray different identities online, often to separate social and professional life. A lot can go wrong without a professional profile, as seen with the infamous Justine Sacco (Ronson, 2015). A recent Jobvite survey suggested that 73% of employers had used social media to hire employees (Jobvite, 2014). … More How can you create an authentic online professional profile?
After reading Ji’s post I was pleased to see that he had also acknowledged that ‘we adopt different personas in the real world’ so why can’t we online? In a comment, I challenged his suggestion that it’s now harder to achieve anonymity online, as there are still outlets to do so such as 4Chan. Ji … More Multiple online identities – a reflection
As we interact with different websites, each has a different perception of who we are. These perceptions are referred to as partial identities – subsets of our true identity. Take Amazon for example who store cookies to build an identity through the products we buy. This information is then used for our benefit, for example … More Should multiple online identities be allowed?
After reading Andy’s post, I made a comment which hasn’t as yet been approved. Andy referenced an article which I really enjoyed but hadn’t previously identified. I like how he encapsulated Prensky’s criticisms concisely. I feel I spent too long doing this. I’m hoping to seek more material before completing my next post. After reading … More Digital “Visitors” and “Residents” – A reflection