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Paper at World Social Science Forum 2013: Social Transformations and the Digital Age

My abstract for WSSF 2013 – October 13-15, 2013 in Montréal, Canada.

Panel Expertise with/in Digital Media Tuesday October 15 at 15:00 in room 515A

Abstract:

“You can see the wonder in their eyes, and the world is opening up”: The social dimensions of digital expertise for older and partially blind people

This paper draws on fieldwork conducted with community groups based in the South East of England who run computer skills drop-in sessions aimed at people with sight impairments and people over 50. It examines how participants in these sessions and volunteer staff in the organizations understood their own level of training and expertise with digital technologies. The paper discusses two aspects of participants’ sense of digital literacy and expertise: the relational and social dimensions, which manifested in relation to the expertise of others in the drop-in center, in their close environment of family and friends, and in other social spheres; and the dimensions which participants attributed to the technical affordances of digital technologies. The ‘social’ and the ‘technological’ play out in distinct ways in this context, and are negotiated in ways that allow participants to occupy diverse identities as beginners, learners, trainers, geeks or as expert users. With this discussion the paper provides a wider account of transformations in the social lives communities and groups of people who are faced with limitations of sight or age, with focus on the potential for them to claim digital expertise beyond basic access.

This is research that came out of the Scoping Study Expertise in relation to Digital Transformations as they intersect with cultures and communities. The study forms part of a three year long project funded by the EPSRC/ Digital Economy Communities and Culture (CCN+).

CROWDSOURCING: Expertise? EPSRC Digital Economy Communitites and Culture Network+

The research project Expertise? EPSRC Digital Economy Communitites and Culture Network+ (for which I work as researcher) is launching a crowdsource and needs your help. This Scoping Study looks at issues of Expertise in relation to Digital Transformations as they intersect with cultures and communities, and it forms part of a three year long project funded by the EPSRC.

CROWDSOURCING: We’d like to hear your views on expertise. Everybody is welcome to respond.

What kinds of digital expertise are missing from your field? How would you define digital expertise? And what are the barriers to more active and creative engagement? Help us to better understand what skills, knowledge, and competencies, cultural organizations and communities need to enable fuller and more autonomous engagements with digital media.

 

• Complete the survey here:http://expertiseepsrc.wordpress.com/crowsourcing-your-input

For more information about the Expertise Scoping Study and the Upcoming Workshop at the University of Sussex, please visit
http://expertiseepsrc.wordpress.com/

Digital Expertise Workshop, 15 November 2012, University of Sussex, Brighton

Expertise? A scoping workshop exploring expertise in the context of digital transformation in relation to culture and communities

15TH NOVEMBER, 9:00-6:30pm
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, Brighton

Organised by Digital Economy Communities & Culture Network+
with the support of Centre for Material Digital Culture, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex

A day-long workshop and symposium exploring Expertise and Digital Transformations. Part of a programme of activities designed to better understand what skills, knowledge, and competencies, cultural organizations and communities need to enable fuller and more autonomous engagements with digital media.

Speakers, contributors and participants include:

Professor Maureen McNeil (Lancaster University/CESAgen), Professor Matt Hills (Aberystwyth University), Dr. Helen Thornham, (Leeds University/EPSRC/Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Dr. Helen Kennedy (Leeds University), Dan Chalmers (Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Sarah Atkinson (Brighton University/Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Professor Peter Cheng (University of Sussex), Andrew Duff, Kevin Bacon (Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries), Dr. Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex RCMDC/Goldsmiths), Dr. Katie Howland (University of Sussex), Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus (University of Sussex), Justin Harbottle (Terrence Higgins Trust), Dr. Georgina Voss (University of Brighton), Dr. David Berry (Swansea University), Dr. Caroline Bassett (University of Sussex/EPSRC/Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Cecile Chevalier, Russell Pearce, Dr. Edgar Gomez (Leeds University, EPSRC).

We have limited places. To attend please email: Eleftherios Zenerian <E.Zenerian@sussex.ac.uk>.