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Dr David Alan Chapman

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Professional biography

David Chapman is an Honorary Associate of the Open University, having taken retirement from his post as Senior Lecturer in the Computing and Communications Department in 2019.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Having previously worked as a design engineer on optical fibre communication systems with Plessey Telecommunications, he joined the Open University in 1986 and has contributed material on telecommunications and ICT to a wide range of courses.  His administrative roles at the OU included: Director of the ICT Programme Committee from 2003 to 2006; Head of the ICT Department from 2006 to 2007; Director of Learning and Teaching for the Computing and Communications Department during 2014 and Postgraduate Research Tutor from 2017 to 2019.

Research interests

David's original field of research - and the topic of his PhD thesis - was optical fibre communication, whereas in recent years he has been developing interests in the nature of information (see his Intropy blog).

He is an associate member of the CIS (Critical Information Studies) research group.

Teaching interests

Modules which David worked on during his Open University career include:

  • TM255 Communication and Information Technologies
  • TM355 Communications Technology 
  • T325 Technologies for Digital Media
  • T324 Keeping Ahead in Information and Communication Technologies
  • TM353, Building Successful Systems 
  • TU100 My Digital Life
  • T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information and Communication Technologies
  • T823 Multiservice Networks: controls
  • T822 Multiservice Networks: structures
  • T305 Digital Communications
  • T102 Living with technology
  • T322 Digital Telecommunications
  • PT629 Digital Telecommunications

David chaired the production of T305 and most of its presentations, and over ten years (1999 - 2008) the module was studied by a total of around 10,000 students. Associated with T305 were seven TV programmes produced by the BBC, including African Renaissance which was later used in T324 and can be viewed on ITunes U, and Attack in the Wires, which was reused for T823 and will be use in TM353. 

 

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Society and Information Research Group (SIRG)GroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

Publications

Editorial (2016-11-07)
Ramage, Magnus; Chapman, David and Wong, Patrick
Kybernetes, 45(10) (pp. 1502-1504)


Comment on Floridi’s The Ethics of Information (2016)
Chapman, David
APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 15(2) (pp. 13-15)


Information is provisional (2014)
Chapman, David
Kybernetes, 43(6) (pp. 895-910)


Editorial: Living in a time of change (2013-01)
Ramage, Magnus; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
Kybernetes, 42(1) (pp. 5-12)


Introduction: The difference that makes a difference (2012)
Chapman, David and Ramage, Magnus
tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(1) (pp. 1-5)


Low-loss many-to-one fiber couplers with few- or single-moded inputs and a multi-mode output (2004)
Chapman, David A.
Fiber and Integrated Optics, 23(5) (pp. 375-385)


Still a gendered technology?: Issues in teaching ICT at the UK Open University (2003-03)
Bissell, Christopher; Chapman, David; Herman, Clem and Robinson, Lee
European Journal of Engineering Education, 28(1) (pp. 27-35)


Code-division multiple-access in an optical fiber LAN with amplified bus topology: the SLIM bus (2002-09)
Chapman, D.A.; Davies, P.A. and Monk, J.
IEEE Transactions on Communications, 50(9) (pp. 1405-1408)


Information, meaning and context (2011)
Chapman, David
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 36-50)
ISBN : 9780415884105 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York and Abingdon


Introduction (2011)
Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 1-7)
ISBN : 9780415884105 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York


Conclusion (2011)
Chapman, David and Ramage, Magnus
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 154-159)
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York


Perspectives on Information (2011-04)
Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds.
Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York


What Can We Say about Information? Agreeing a Narrative (2017-07-14)
Chapman, David
In : Proceedings of the Digitalisation for a Sustainable Society. Embodied, Embedded, Networked, Empowered through Information, Computation & Cognition (12-16 Jun 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden)


Measuring Information (2016-02)
Chapman, David
In : Images of Europe Past, Present and Future. ISSEI 2014 (4-8 Aug 2014, Porto, Portugal) (pp. 83-93)


Information and Religion (2016-02)
Chapman, David
In : Images of Europe - Past, Present, Future. ISSEI 2014 (4-8 Aug 2014, Porto, Portugal) (pp. 1024-1033)


The Role of Information and Values in the Participatory Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (2015-06-23)
Chapman, Alexander and Chapman, David Alan
In : The Difference That Makes a Difference (DTMD 2015) (5 Jun 2015, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)


Open resources for case studies and assignments (2012-09-28)
Jones, Allan; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
In : EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) 25th Annual Conference 2012 ‘The role of open and flexible education in European higher education systems for 2020: new models, new markets, new media’ (27-28 Sep 2012, Paphos, Cyprus)


Keeping ahead in ICT: A new approach to updating for final year undergraduates (2007-07)
Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
In : SEFI/IGIP Annual Conference (1-4 Jul 2007, Miskolc, Hungary)


Appropriate Technology for Distance Education in Digital Communications (2001-01)
Chapman, D.A.
In : IEE International Symposium on Engineering Education (4-5 Jan 2001, London, UK)