[chisigmail] FW: IDG seminar: The Ontology of Digitised Social Forms
Imalka Nilma Perera
inperera at pgrad.dis.unimelb.edu.au
Sun Mar 30 23:38:37 EDT 2008
(apologies for cross posting)
You are cordially invited to the IDG Seminar ...
PRESENTER: Alexia Maddox
TITLE: The Ontology of Digitised Social Forms
VENUE: University of Melbourne, IDEA LAB, level 4, 111 Barry Street,
DATE and TIME: Friday 04th April 2008, 3-4 pm
This research project aims to reposition our understanding of how people
form social bonds and experiential 'worlds' through the pursuit of their
interests; this is in the context of a globalised world that is mediated by
digital communications technologies. It proposes that how we understand the
formation of community experience in place and time requires reframing to
encompass all the different modes of communication that we use to reach out
to each other and an expanded understanding of how people move through
physical and digitised space to organise, interact and cohere with each
The research context is the experience of a globally distributed interest
network of people passionate about herpetology (reptiles and amphibians).
Through a mixed methodology approach, it traces the multiple pathways that
this group of people use to interact with each other, produce knowledge,
organise collaborative spaces and harness market forces in a spatially
distributed experience of 'community'. The work aims to reproduce the nature
of these social relations in an abstracted modelling context that will
provide insight into how people create meaning, social signalling and social
density clusters (occupy digitised space) within the parameters of a Network
Alexia is in the fourth year of her PhD candidature at Deakin University
(Burwood campus). She generates her work from the discipline perspective of
sociology. Her general area of research interest is in communication
technologies and social relations. Her research approach is
cross-disciplinary and mixed-method.
Please forward to others if interested. All are Welcome.
Interaction Design Group
Department of Information Systems
The University of Melbourne
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