Dec 13, 2006

Pedido de Equiparação a Bolseira

Deu hoje entrada o requerimento de equiparação a bolseira. Do resultado deste pedido de equiparação está dependente a assinatura do contrato de bolsa que me foi concedido, conforme o que me foi comunicado pela FCT. 

Até que seja dado o Despacho de aceitação, não poderei receber a bolsa.

[Para a legislação sobre equiparação a bolseiros da Administração Pública, ver esta entrada]

Nov 21, 2006

Information Space for Europe

eEurope - A single European Information Space:
"This pillar combines regulatory and other instruments at the Commission’s disposal to create a modern, market-oriented regulatory framework for the digital economy."

Nov 18, 2006


PIM Community In ACM:
"Personal Information Management (PIM) is the management of information (e.g. files, emails, and bookmarks) by an individual in support of his/her roles and tasks. Although PIM is practiced daily by millions of people, a research community has never been established. This SIG aims to provide an opportunity for researchers, students and designers who share an interest in the field to meet and discuss key issues. We hope the SIG will lay the foundation for an ongoing PIM research community."

Nov 16, 2006


Informação é o que sentimos falta quando não temos ;-)

Nov 15, 2006

Blogging as a research tool - ethnography

[via Lorenz Khazaleh] Erkan Saka (2006). Blogging as a Research Tool for Ethnographic Fieldwork. Paper submitted to the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Internet Research 7.0: Internet Convergences, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, September 27 - 30, 2006:
"This presentation argues that blogging emerges as a new research tool for the ones conducting ethnographic fieldwork. Moreover, I argue throughout my paper that new media with a particular emphasis in blogging will have even larger consequences for the discipline of anthropology. In order to substantiate my main argument I focus on these issues: a) Blogging might be a remedy to the anxiety of being in ‘after the fact’ that is shared by many anthropologists. Blogging takes place in the present tense while actively engaging with ‘the fact’; b) blogging brings immediate feedback c) not only from the limited scholarly circles but from a wider public/audience d) which exposes the ethnographer to a much more effective issue of accountability. Moreover, e) blogging urges to see motives in a more regular sense, thus creates a strong sense of regularity f) that forces the ethnographer to produce on a regular basis g) with a constant appeal to narrate what would normally remain fragments of fieldnotes. In addition to depending on scholarly sources of interest, this paper exploits the presenter’s own experience of blogging during his fieldwork."
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Nov 4, 2006

gatering info to Lyon

Next week i'll be in Lyon (SINCT project). While preparing things to get my way around the city, i've started collecting pieces of information that can help me move around to an unknown place.
For getting a sense of the city i've started in Flickr and look for photos tagged with lyon (...i'm already seduced by it). After cheking prices for companies flying from Lisbon to Lyon, accepting the suggestion from a Lyon project partner for lodging, i'm now looking for other practicalities (weather, maps, what to do, transportation in the city,... and wi-fi internet access ;). Do have any suggestions / tips / must see / good places (not expensive) to eat?...
What do you do before going on a work trip to an unknown place?...

PS - And because of my passion for Paris (and good chocolate too ;-) ended up in paris breakfasts.

Oct 31, 2006

Photographs for documenting fieldwork (ethnography)

As i will need to uncover individual and group information spaces and information needs in mobility settings, I've started taking photos of meetings taking place in work settings, outside the organizations. Due to ethics on need of preserve individual identity, collected picture do not depict human subjects but concentrate on objects of information used during meetings (archives in my flickr account classified by date taken, settings, project acronym and place, among other key words that can be added later on during data analysis).

Supporting views for this method:
Kanstrup, Anne Marie (2002, May). Picture the Practice—Using Photography to Explore Use of Technology Within Teachers' Work Practices [32 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 3(2). 

Oct 28, 2006

public internet spaces (in Portugal)

Taking place in FIL Lisbon, on the 3 & 4 of November, organized by UMIC (Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento) to show and disseminate the network of internet spaces, financed with public fundings (more then 800).

Oct 27, 2006

weekend readings

Bacon, C. J. and Fitzgerald, B. (2001). A systemic framework for the field of information systems. SIGMIS Database 32(2),pp. 46-67. [DOI=]

Carroll, J. M. and Swatman, P. A. (2000). Structured-case: a methodological framework for building theory in information systems research. European Journal of Information Systems, 9(4), pp. 235-242. [DOI=]

PS - see Mindmap in Flickr Account
Systemic Framework for IS

Oct 23, 2006

crossing the divides

Dervin, B. & Reinhard, C.D. (2006). "Researchers and practitioners talk about users and each other. Making user and audience studies matter—paper 1" Information Research, 12(1) paper 286:
"This paper reports on a qualitative study that compared what experts in three fields, library and information science, human computer interaction and communication and media studies, described as their big unanswered questions about users and audiences of information, library, electronic, communication and media systems and texts. It also compares what these experts thought about each other and the difficulties of crossing the divides between disciplines or fields and between research and practice."
"That users by any other name (...) increasingly have greater and greater control over their access and use of all manner of information and entertainment systems. In this sense they are no longer best conceptualized as users or as audiences but rather as persons with agency. While in the past access was highly constrained both in space and in time by institutional availability, now these independent agents may surf the planet and beyond at their own whims. This is so even when we acknowledge that all users are unwittingly or wittingly constrained by political economies that limit both arrays of offerings, modes of access and availabilities of specific contents."
"The study reported here is part of a larger multi-stage project, a dialogic surround of how researchers and practitioners in three fields look at: a) the big unanswered questions about users; b) the gaps that stand between them in finding value from each other's work; and c) the barriers to collaborating in the application of user research to system development, implementation and design."

Aug 25, 2006

There could be...

... no better way to start my holidays. Just received the mail saying:

"We are pleased to inform that your fellowship application submited to FCT was evaluated positively."


today's 15 minutes on research grant

My head can not concentrate. Heart is jumping faster than usual since i saw at FCT that they are sending the results by email for each and everyone that applied for research grants (master, phd & pós-doc).

Having the phd grant means that i can pay the University tuition fees that otherwise will be difficult (althought i'm not giving up - can't believe that my fingers wrote this...)

I don't know how many times i've looked today for the email box... but the one message i'm really eager to receive does not arrive. The funny part is that before knowing that they where going to send this information, i almost forgot that i was waiting for that repply.

So my 15 minutes a day today, will be way off topic. Or perhaps not. Life does not stop when one does research. The sooner we aknowledge this the better. I've heard of people that are waiting for «the right moment» to start the research. There is never the right moment as in «ideal moment». Research is an ongoing process that lasts the needed time to finish. Yes, this is to vague but it's the true. For some it will last less and for others might take a life time, and for others it might take the «average time». Just one thing that we might all agree: phd research will last till it's finished :-)

So today, my 15 minutes might not be connected with my research topic, but they sure are connected to the rest of my phd research: the grant results that will support the tuitions for the comming 3 years :-)

Aug 24, 2006


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Aug 23, 2006

extending information spaces

Today my information space took me to Umea, Sweden, where Lilia was making a presentation on her research (weblogs at Microsoft). Following short message (GoogleTalk), into her digital space for more details (weblog), and to the presentation venue: HumLab.

There i had a link for the video stream, and a contact for Skype. Guess because i'm inside my organizational firewall i could not use the streaming video so i went for the skype contact and met Stephanie that guided me during the rest of the connection. Although i had Lilia's slides (she «left them» at her blog) one get's the feeling of being blind (i.e. not knowing when to change to another slide, when she is prssing a link that takes the audience to another space).

More then the presentation by itself, today i made some more progress on my own work, because of this experience. Wanting very much to establish connections due to topic research, makes one go around try all the possible ways of «being there». Having people anticipating the interest of others, helps create «around ways» for enlarging attendees presence and engagement (even farway ones).

Studying information spaces requires an holistic view of:
  • individuals (their motivations, their skills, their networks, their interests... their own information spaces)
  • infrastructures (acess, barriers... infrastructures that support information spaces)
  • organization (culture, norms and rules «to get work done»... provided organizational information spaces)
So much more that i have to work out... just because i was here and went there. Yes! Research is fun :-)

Jul 23, 2006

from expats' info needs to IM in expat cycle

Submission of complete paper just finished. Expecting for the results. In the mean time, here's the extended abstract:

PS [06/Ago/2006] - The paper is online at the conference site or you can see it in here :-)

Jul 19, 2006

space and time in information seeking

Savolainen, R. (2006). "Spatial factors as contextual qualifiers of information seeking". Information Research, 11(4), paper 261:

"Typically, an individual's local information field consists of an interpersonal communication network and information terminals (e.g., computers providing access to the Internet), both of which are embedded within a physical context. The physical context in organizations serves to stabilize an individual's information field, and largely determines the nature of the information to which individuals are regularly exposed."

"As individuals become more focused in their information seeking they change the nature of their information field to support seeking of information related to particular purposes. This interpretation significantly expands the applicability of the concept of information fields by showing that information seekers may rethink the role of spatial factors."

"The concept of information pathways differs from information fields in that the former is more dynamic and active, focusing on an individual's actions in selecting information sources over time. A pathway may be understood as the route someone follows in the pursuit of answers to questions within an information field."

"Local communities both enable and constrain information seeking. Spatial factors are related to social ones such as norms and values reproduced in the local community and the conceptions of useful or useless information sources."

Information Source Horizon: "This construct refers to a set of information sources and channels of which the actor is aware and of which he or she may have obtained use experiences over the years. (...) When construing an information source horizon, the actor judges the relevance of the information sources available in the perceived information environment and selects a set of sources and channels, for example, to resolve a problematic issue at hand."

Jul 2, 2006

Organizing small digital Information Spaces

Aplication using real life information behaviours for organizing digital information to re-arrange desktop files :-)

Jun 10, 2006

[event] Open Knowledge, Free Society

«Open Knowledge, Free Society», 3rd ONLINE Conference - CyberSociety Observatory:

"The thematic direction of the congress was elaborated by the Scientific Committee throughout the last months. Under the title Open Knowledge, Free Society and with an editorial line of referent, the cyber-social will be situated again in the point of analysis. Undoubtedly this intends to continue the way initiated with the two previous congresses, wondering what is and how the society of knowledge is being built (or will be built). Thus, in November, we will advance another step in this progression and up date ourselves with the movements and most current unrests of cyber-society, wondering which is its nature and reflecting around the present and future of knowledge in this Era of Information. Is a free or open knowledge possible? Which are the bases of these approaches, which are their goals and which could be their consequences?"

The call for Working Groups in spanish, portuguese, and english, is open until the 30 of June. The Congress will take place online, during 2 weeks of November. Multidisciplinary teams are welcomed :-)

May 30, 2006

[events] UMICS 2006

Rationale and aims of UMICS 2006 (Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Collaboration Systems), CAiSE'06 Workshop, June 5-6 2006, Luxembourg:

"Over the last years most business processes changed on various dimensions (e.g. flexibility, interconnectivity, coordination style, autonomy) [...] Frequently, information is relocated within this geographically distributed system [...] This creates a need for a software infrastructure that enables ubiquitous mobile and collaboration systems (UMICS).

Technologies such as WiFi networks and 3rd generation mobile phones, are offering the infrastructure to conceive information systems as ubiquitous information systems, that is, systems that are accessible from anywhere, at any time, and with any device. Ubiquity mainly is a means to support new business models and encourage new ways of work.[...]

Moreover people need to move across organizational boundaries and collaborate with others within the organization as well as between organizations. [...] Therefore, some issues also arise about how to enable users to retain their ability to cooperate while displaced in a different point of the enterprise, the role of context and location in determining cooperation, the support for ad-hoc cooperation in situations where the fixed network infrastructure is absent or cannot be used.

The approaches and technologies for supporting these new ways of work are still the subject of research.[...]"

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[disclosure] exploring fields of mobility and information needs

When we start our travelling to discovery we tend to find a lot of things that used to be invisible. News flags are added and our filters enact new looking glasses to the world. My new flags are now concerned with mobility and information needs, the umbrella of my research.

As you may already sensed, links for resources dealling with aspects i consider relevant and/or resources that might provide leads for my ongoing research, are now more frequent.

My «lenses» are opened so i'll be posting a variety a cross field resources, not concentrating with only one field.

Mar 31, 2006

Blogs as personal learning environments

HigherEdBlogCon 2006

Great online event giving the oportunity for worldwide participation. I'm specially interested on the following 2 sessions (but will check also Websites & Web Development, on April 24-28):

Feb 18, 2006

Weekend food

"We can talk all we want about tools and protocols, mandates and rewards. But what we are really asking ourselves to do is start to behave like a network brain, a hive mind. Not a bunch of individuals who are required to dump their knowledge into the pot."

"We are drawing on social networking sites, blogs, RSS aggregators, bookmarklets, toolbars, extensions, plug-ins. Some people may be developing elaborate digital identities, a personal 'bricolage' of network services. Others are less actively constructive (...)"

Feb 10, 2006

A Pattern Language for Doctoral Students

Joseph Bergin, in A Pattern Language for Doctoral Students, among many other things, states that:

"Research is only useful if it is published."

This makes me blush considering that i've still haven't published a paper about my work... and it's been 10 months since i defended my master :-(

Jan 30, 2006

Women in Science

The first International AMONET Meeting on Women in Science, will take place March 16-17, 2006, on Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon:

"The meeting will have as major objectives to discuss issues related to women scientists, to present top women scientists active in different fields, and to present similar associations from other countries."

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Jan 17, 2006

stepping back to move forward

I have been lacking posts but not reflections on work research. One my tend to think that if one does not make it visible must be because one is not working on her research. Found out that one can make a major leap forward just by stepping back to old chunks of information in order to explain how things work. That's how i'm founding out things that i didn't know I knew, just by being asked to explain things to newcomers in the house.
Thow i'm not in Academia but in a Research Lab i've enjoyed reading the arguments of Marcia Bates (1999) on The Role of the Ph.D. in a Professional Field. Found it cristal clear why i enjoy so much information studies (and why it takes so long to have a clear picture on what i'm working ;):

"Information studies meets those social needs by drawing on a wide range of intellectual and physical technologies. Achieving the objectives of our profession depends on the skillful melding of an understanding of social, political, economic, and psychological factors related to information needs and uses with a mastery of both theoretical and practical issues in information organization and system design."