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2013 Banned Books Week Event: “Canaries in the Coal Mine: How Libraries Fight for Free Speech, Freedome from Surveillance, and Democratic Values”

Aug 19, 2013   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off

Canaries in the Coal MineTo kick off 2013 Banned Books Week, the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and UWM’s Center for Information Policy Research is partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library to host a special lecture by Barbara Jones, Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom:

How Libraries Fight for Free Speech, Freedome from Surveillance, and Democratic Values

September 22, 2013
6:00 – 8:00pm
Milwaukee Public Library
Centennial Hall – Loos Room
733 N Eighth Street Milwaukee, WI 53233

Barbara M. Jones
Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association
Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation

RSVP at: http://sois.uwm.edu/banned2013

Workshop with Annette Markham on Remixed Methods for Qualitative Research

Apr 5, 2013   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off

CIPR is pleased to welcome Dr. Annette Markham, a renown internet researcher who focuses on areas of social media, ethics, and qualitative methods, to hold an informal workshop with SOIS PhD students on Remixed Methods for Qualitative Research.

We will be discussing Dr. Markham’s recent article, “Remix Cultures, Remix Methods: Reframing Qualitative Inquiry for Social Media Contexts” (PDF), where she discusses some of the complications associated with studying internet-mediated contexts, and offers a research centered definition of remix. Dr. Markham describes particular elements of remix that have proven to be valuable pedagogical tools for helping disrupt traditional frames for conducting qualitative research in digital contexts: Generate, Play, Borrow, Move, and Interrogate.

Special thanks to Dr. Nadine Kozak for helping organize today’s workshop.

CIPR Hosting NVivo Webinar: Using NVivo as a Research Tool (Feb 1, 2013)

Jan 23, 2013   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off

The Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is pleased to offer the following free training webinar on the NVivo data analysis software, which enables qualitative and mixed-methods research with different types of data such as interviews, focus groups, video, surveys and social media.

NVivo Webinar: Using NVivo as a Research Tool

Friday, February 01, 2013
2:30 – 3:30PM
Bolton 289 (SOIS Teaching Lab)
(remote access is also available)

UW-Milwaukee researchers, faculty and graduate students are invited to a complimentary presentation on “Using NVivo as a Research Tool” at 2:30pm Friday, February 1, 2013. This tool enables qualitative and mixed-methods research with different types of data such as interviews, focus groups, video, surveys and social media. The presenter, Stacy Penna, is the business development manager at QSR International (Americas) Inc., who wrote her dissertation using NVivo.

This interactive webinar will cover the following information:

  • An overview of the key features of NVivo software
  • How NVivo supports qualitative and mixed methods research
  • Using NVivo for writing robust literature reviews
  • NVivo for grant writing and research proposal development, data management and analysis, and manuscript preparation
  • How NVivo provides a platform to collaborate with colleagues or your research team in real time

Using real data from a Duke University study of the impact of coastal environmental change on residents’ lives, the instructor will demonstrate how NVivo software works with different types of data such as interviews, focus groups, video, surveys and social media. The webinar is planned as an interactive session; comments and questions are welcomed. This event is designed for researchers, faculty and graduate students.

Computers in Bolton 289 will have the latest version of NVivo installed for participants to follow along with the introductory webinar.

Depending on feedback from this introductory webinar, more advanced training webinars might be made available.

Please RSVP through the link below to register and gain access. Seating in Bolton 289 is limited, but remote access is available (remote access link provided upon registration).

Open Access Day at UWM with Dr. Victoria Stodden (Feb 8, 2013)

Dec 21, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off

In its continued support of Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research, the UW-Milwaukee Open Access Task Force invites the campus community to join us for a day of open access activities.

Friday, February 08, 2013
12:00 – 3:30PM
UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Room

Keynote Address:
Digital Scholarship in Scientific Research: Open Questions in Reproducibility and Curation
Dr. Victoria Stodden
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics
Columbia University

It is a well-accepted fact that computation is emerging as central to the scientific enterprise. With this transformation, the data and code that underly scientific findings have a key role in the communication of reproducible results. In this talk I describe the “reproducible research movement,” a grassroots effort taking hold in many fields, and new modalities to encourage sharing of data and code including new funding agency and journal policies, and new tools such as http://RunMyCode.org . Finally, I will introduce open questions facing the reproducible research movement, including costs, curation, and accessibility.

Panel Discussion on Open Access on Campus:
Dr. John Berges, Biological Sciences
Dr. Bonnie Klein-Tasman, Psychology
Dr. Peter Sands, English
Dr. Wilhelm Peekhaus, School of Information Studies

Friday, February 08, 2013
12:00 – 3:30PM
UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Room

12:00 Lunch
12:30 Keynote
02:00 Panel Discussion
03:00 Launch of UWM Digital Commons platform

Please Register Online:

CIPR Research Lunch: Current Research in Internet & Copyright

Oct 1, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off

Note: Liza Barry-Kessler’s presentation has been moved to a special SOIS Barriers to Access brown bag lunch on November 7. Details to follow.

Two members of the SOIS community will be participating in the 13th annual Internet Research conference in Salford, UK hosted by the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). The Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is pleased to provide an opportunity to preview their research presentations on Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-2:00pm in NWQ-B 3511 (bring your own lunch).

There will be two short presentations:

“A Chocolate Allergy Curse or a Cease and Desist Order?: Handicrafters’ Responses to Intellectual Property Issues”
Dr. Nadine Kozak, Assistant Professor, SOIS
This paper examines the conflict between handicraft bloggers and large corporations who use the crafters’ designs without remuneration or consent, the claims each group makes about taking someone’s ideas, and the issues this raises about the larger questions of morality, copyright, and intellectual property.

“Internet Filtering in Denmark: The Case of Pirate Bay”
Jeremy Mauger, PhD Candidate, SOIS
This paper argues that the filtering of Pirate Bay by the Danish government has implications beyond those of simple economics and copyright protection, rising to the level of unconstitutional restriction of protected political speech.

CIPR holds informal research lunches (bring your own lunch) a few times each semester, to provide a space for UW-M faculty, students, staff, and friends interested in information policy and ethics (conceived of broadly) to share research — both finished and in progress. If you’d like to schedule a time to present, please contact Michael Zimmer at zimmerm@uwm.edu

[This presentation has been moved to November 7. Details to follow] “Queering Copyright: How lack of copyright protection for recipes both frustrates and benefits food bloggers” 
Liza Barry-Kessler, PhD Student, SOIS
This paper critiques the exclusion of recipes from copyright protection, in particular as this affects food bloggers, through the lenses of feminist and queer theory.

Announcing CIPR Senior Research Fellow: Dr. Rina Ghose

Sep 30, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off

The Center for Information Policy Research welcomes Dr. Rina Ghose as the 2012-2013 Senior Research Fellow.

Dr. Ghose is an associate professor in the UW-Milwaukee Department of Geography, with research interests in Critical GIS/GIS and Society, which aims to critically examine the intertwined relationships between GIS and society through the lens of various social theories. Specifically, Dr. Ghose’s research examines ethical and legal issues related to “big geographic data” systems (such as GPS and RFID systems), as well as concerns of equitable access to GIS systems and data for citizen participation and activism.

Some of Dr. Ghose’s recent publications and presentations include:

As a Senior Research Fellow at CIPR, Dr. Ghose will collaborate with CIPR Director Dr. Michael Zimmer on research projects projects related to GIS and society, especially focused on the ethical and policy dimensions of “big data” within the GIS context.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ghose at her October 19 lunch presentation on Bridging the Geospatial Divide through Public Participation GIS. Details here.

CIPR/SSI Research Lunch with Dr. Rina Ghose: “Bridging the Geospatial Divide through Public Participation GIS” (Oct 19, 2012)

Sep 20, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off

Public Participation in GISUpdate: This talk has been moved to a larger room: 1st floor student lounge in NWQ-B. Details and RSVP link below.

The Center for Information Policy research, in partnership with the Social Studies of Information Research Group, welcomes UW-Milwaukee Department of Geography professor Dr. Rina Ghose, who will discuss her research on the social and policy dimensions of geographic information systems:

“Bridging the Geospatial Divide through Public Participation GIS”Geographic Information Systems is a powerful technology that analyzes geospatial data and is used prolifically in public and private sector. GIS has been used for over four decades for planning and policy making activities. GIS today is a globally dominant technology, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has provided $200 million for the Big Data Initiative that emphasizes mining large spatial datasets and use of GIS. Yet GIS can be ethically criticized for being an elitist technology by virtue of its technological complexity and cost. A digital divide in GIS exists along class and race lines, whereby traditionally marginalized citizens have been excluded from using the technology. The question of democratizing GIS has been a primary goal in the GIS and Society research agenda. This presentation addresses the thorny issue of uneven access to GIS and the associated social power it confers. Following the principle that effective usage of information leads to better citizen participation in planning and policy making activities, Public Participation GIS has emerged as a strong research agenda and practice that has enabled marginalized citizens to integrate their local, experiential knowledge with public data sets, and use the technology to contest hegemonic power relations. This is a global research agenda that emphasizes not only an easy access to spatial data, but also the creation of user friendly, inexpensive/free GIS. PPGIS research and practice are widely undertaken in developing and developed countries, addressing both environmental and urban planning activities. Drawing upon my decade long PPGIS research among inner-city neighborhoods in Milwaukee, I aim to unpack the complex narrative of spatial knowledge production for effective participation of marginalized citizens into inner-city revitalization planning programs.

This CIPR/SSI research lunch is October 19, 2012 from noon-1:30pm, in the 1st floor student lounge inNorthwest Quadrant Building BLunch will be provided by the School of Information Studies.

Please RSVP here.

Call for Applicants: CIPR Senior Research Fellow

Jul 28, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off

The Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is seeking a Senior Research Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Established in 1998 within the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS), CIPR is a multidisciplinary research center for the study of the intersections between the policy, ethical, political, social and legal aspects of the global information society. CIPR facilitates information policy research through its research agenda, lecture series, consulting and outreach, focusing on such key information policy issues as privacy, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, access to information, censorship, and the complex array of government, corporate, and global information practices and policies (see http://www4.uwm.edu/cipr/about/). A particular focus for CIPR in 2012-2013 is “big data.”

The Senior Research Fellow position has been created to provide a senior scholar the opportunity to participate in the intellectual community of CIPR and SOIS. UWM faculty in all departments who hold the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor may apply.

Terms of the Fellowship:

  • The Senior Research Fellow is 1-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Duties include: collaborate with Center personnel on research projects as appropriate, participate in Center events and outreach efforts, and provide informal mentoring to SOIS students with aligned interests.
  • For 2012-2013, the Fellow is expected to co-author a major, collaborative research grant proposal with the CIPR Director, focusing on information policy issues related to “big data.”
  • The Fellow will be provided dedicated workspace within CIPR, and have access to SOIS support functions (grant writing, front office, business office, IT support).
  • The Fellow will receive compensation of 1/9th of the previous academic year salary, payable in summer 2013, in accordance with UW System policy.

Application Information:

Please submit the following materials, preferably as .pdf files, as e-mail attachments to Dr. Michael Zimmer, CIPR Director, at zimmerm@uwm.edu:

  • letter explaining your research agenda and its appropriateness to CIPR, broadly, as well as a brief proposal for a major, collaborative research grant proposal focusing on “big data.”
  • curriculum vitae
  • recent article, manuscript (article length), or other appropriate example of your research

Deadline for applications is August 31, 2012. Decisions to be made by September 15, 2012, with appointment commencing upon acceptance.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Zimmer, CIPR Director, at zimmerm@uwm.edu.

After Successful 2011-2012 CIPR Forges Ahead

Jul 27, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off

Under the dual leadership of SOIS faculty Joyce Latham and Michael Zimmer, the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) had one of its most active academic years during 2011-2012.

A key goal for CIPR this past year was to involve more faculty and students – both within the School of Information Studies and across campus – in CIPR activities, with the expectation of generating a collegial and collaborative environment for engaging in a range of approaches to information ethics and information policy. This was achieved, in part, through the formulation of a doctoral student reading group on the topic of “information power” with CIPR fellow Professor Sandra Braman (Department of Communication, UWM), as well as through hosting various brown bag lunches during the year, combining faculty and student presentations, which drew attendees from across campus.

CIPR also made available new Research Travel Awards in spring 2012, providing funds for members of the entire campus community engaging in research aligned with the center. Awards were granted to Wilhelm Peekhaus (assistant professor, SOIS), Christopher Terry (lecturer, Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies-UWM), and Jeremy Mauger (PhD student, SOIS). These awards, along with CIPR’s enhanced Web and email presence, increased its visibility across campus.

CIPR continued its commitment to information policy-related events across campus and within relevant academic and professional communities. During 2011-2012, CIPR helped sponsor numerous events, including the “Minding the Gaps: Wikileaks & Internet Security in the 21st Century” symposium hosted by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Computer Ethics/Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) conference, the WLA pre-conference on “Tell me What Democracy Looks Like”, the unconference on “Feminism in LIS”, the screening of “Big Brother, Big Business” for Choose Privacy Week, and the 2nd “Ethics in Information Organization” conference.

Along with Dr. Braman, CIPR hosted other distinguished scholars as visiting fellows. Dr. Loretta Gaffney(University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) and Dr. Jean Preer (Indiana University-Indianapolis) contributed their expertise in intellectual freedom and library ethics to the WLA pre-conference and related activities. CIPR also welcomed Dr. Luciano Floridi (University of Hertfordshire and the University of Oxford), the leading expert in the philosophy of information, who led discussions with SOIS PhD students on information ethics and the philosophy of information.

Lastly, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom awarded CIPR a grant to conduct a survey on “Librarian Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Informational Privacy” and participate in related privacy education and outreach activities funded through the OIF’s partnership with the Open Society Foundation.

Moving Forward in 2012-2013 

In 2012-2013, CIPR will be directed by Assistant Professor Michael Zimmer, with Assistant Professor Latham focusing her efforts on SOIS’s Public Library Leadership Concentration. CIPR’s focus for the coming year will be on growing its research agenda through numerous projects and external grant applications.

CIPR will continue its partnership with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and will concentrate on the development and evaluation of educational materials to help librarians teach patrons about privacy-related issues. Dr. Zimmer’s own research agenda, centered on issues of information privacy, intellectual property, and internet research ethics, will become incorporated into CIPR activities.

Additionally, CIPR plans to add a senior Research Fellow to assist with grant and research activities. Drawn from existing UW-Milwaukee faculty, the Fellow will join the intellectual community of CIPR to collaborate on research projects, jointly write research grant proposals, and provide informal mentoring to students. A key goal for the Research Fellow will be to collaborate on the creation of a new research project focused on “big data.”

CIPR saw much momentum in 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 looks to be another exciting and busy year at the Center.

CIPR Student Travel Grant for AoIR 2012 Internet Research Conference

Jul 25, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off

The UW-Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is pleased to again offer a CIPR Student Award in Information Policy & Ethics, to sponsor one student (undergraduate, graduate or post-doc) for the Association of Internet Researchers IR 13 Conference in Salford, UK. The amount of the award is US$500.

The student’s research must focus on some aspect of information policy or ethics, and internet studies, broadly conceived. The recipient must have an accepted paper at IR12 and must attend to present the research.

To apply, please send the following documents to Dr. Michael Zimmer, CIPR Director, at zimmerm@uwm.edu:

  • Accepted paper abstract
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief statement describing how the paper/research will make an impact on the fields of information policy, ethics, and/or internet studies

Application deadline is August 31, 2012. Notification of award will be received by September 15.

The recipient should acknowledge the CIPR grant at IR13.

The Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s multidisciplinary research center for the study of the intersections between the policy, ethical, political, social and legal aspects of the global information society. It is directed by Dr. Michael Zimmer, Assistant Professor in theSchool of Information Studies.