On Thursday 21st May we had a joint meeting with the Society and Information Research Group (SIRG). This was to help us to see what the two groups had in common and how we might work together.
The people there from TERG were: Karen, Jon, Giselle, Wendy, Steve and Helen (by phone).
The people from SIRG were: Chris, Ian, David, Allan, Hazel and Clem (by phone).
It was a good meeting, with interesting discussions around two papers about social perspectives on Technology:
Kling, R. (2000) Learning about information technologies and social change: The contribution of social informatics. Information Society, 16 (3), 217-232.
Williams, R., and D. Edge. (1996) The social shaping of technology. Research policy 25, no. 6 : 865–899.
After the discussion of these papers we talked about how we would like to work together in the future. We decided:
- to have further joint reading meetings
- to have an ‘awayday’ in July to share our research ideas and research writing
- to see if we can gain funding for a residential ‘writers retreat’ in late August
- to plan possible funding bids
- to consider strategies for the REF
Ian will be setting up a ‘meetomatic’ page to set a date for the July awayday. Karen will investigate the possibilities for the writers retreat (probably located in the Peak District, to minimise travel for the ‘Northern branch’ (Wendy, Clem, Steve and Helen).