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The University of Southampton
Faculty of Business, Law and Art Graduate School

Keynote Speakers

Professor Leslie Carr
Professor Leslie Carr

Professor Leslie Carr

I am a Professor of Web Science in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science. I am also a Director of the Web Science institute and Director of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. My research on Open Access and Open Data led to the establishment of EPrints, offering Open Access publication and data services, training and support to the research industry.

Since the 1980's I have experimented with multimedia information systems, novel ways of constructing hypertexts, digital libraries and knowledge management systems. As a practical application of these ideas (time to change the world instead of just thinking deep thoughts), I am working with Open Access and Digital Repositories. My goal is to encourage researchers and scientists to become responsible curators of their own intellectual assets, and to build the information environments that enable that goal and also that take advantage of it (repositories, literature analysis services, community maps, new idea trackers).

I'm fascinated by the way that humans can take advantage of new information sources (like Google or the Semantic Web) and whether these things can help to make us genuinely smarter. Can the Web act as a cognitive extension to our own brains? Can Google make someone behave like an expert? And if so, can we change the way that we teach children or undergraduates ?

 

Dr Helen Kara
Dr Helen Kara

Dr Helen Kara

My name is Helen Kara and I have been an independent researcher since 1999. I have a background of employment in the private, public, and voluntary sectors, and now do commissioned research and evaluation, mainly for public and voluntary sector organisations and partnerships. My research areas are social care, health, and the voluntary/third sector.

I teach research methods to practitioners and students through training, lecturing, and presenting at conferences. This seminar at the University of Central Lancashire from February 2014 is an example, as is this one from the University of Southampton from November 2015.

I write on research methods and am always happy to discuss this on Twitter, where I am @DrHelenKara.

I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Visiting Fellow at the UK’s National Centre for Research Methods.

 

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