IS Colloquium featuring Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
GSEIS 111, 3pm
A reception in the IS Salon will follow the colloquium.
Social Science Research Methods Meet Digital Humanities: A Research Methods Workshop
Dr. Jirotka, who is spending a week at UCLA as a Visiting Scholar under the auspices of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, will present an interactive colloquium in Information Studies as a workshop for graduate students and faculty. The colloquium will draw upon her research in work practices in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. She will explore a particular approach that researchers have drawn upon to study scholarly activities for the purposes of informing the design of advanced e-Research applications. The workshop will take the form of a data session of a particular domain - that of the practices of a number of expert classicists as they analyse digital images of an ancient manuscript. For this we principally draw on video recordings of the classicists as they analyse one particular manuscript that has been enhanced through image processing - the Tolsum Tablet.
Dr. Jirotka will show a series of fragments that aim to stimulate discussion of the kinds of resources that humanities scholars bring to bear when they analyse materials. It is hoped that through looking at these fragments in detail we can develop a better understanding of the material and interactional resources the participants utilise in their research. This detailed consideration of materials could then form a foundation to a boarder discussion of the similarities and differences between research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the kinds of technological support that might be appropriate to researchers in these fields.
Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Engineering in the Computing Department, University of Oxford and Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. She is currently Deputy Director of Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) UK Strategy for e-Social Science. She undertakes research into work practices drawing on ethnographic fieldwork often supplemented by video analysis. Recent studies include the detailed analysis of radiologists' screening practices, Humanities and Social Science interpretative work and in other domains such as financial trading rooms, control rooms and call centres. These studies draw out implications for the design, development and deployment of technologies, particularly to support collaboration. Dr Jirotka has published widely in international journals and conferences in e-Science, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Requirements Engineering. She is a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society (BCS) and sits on the ICT Ethics Specialist Group committee.
For more information, please visit http://is.gseis.ucla.edu/events/colloquia/index.htm.