Themen: open street map, open data, social media studies, social shaping of technology, audience research, media convergence, hacker culture, digital cultures, gender, sociology, open source software
I am Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media and Communications in the School of Film and Media at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. I was awarded a PhD in Sociology by the University of York in 2005. My research interests centre on the socio-technical dynamics within and across open innovation systems, including Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), Open Data, Amateur / Citizen Science, and Participatory / Social Media. In addition to my teaching and research, I also advocate for free/open source software, open data, digital rights and encouraging female participation in science and technology in my spare time. Together with Dr. Jo Bates and Paula Goodale at the University of Sheffield, we have embarked on an AHRC funded project 'The Secret Life of a Weather Datum' (http://secretlifeofdata.wordpress.com/) where I lead on the investigation into the socio-technical dynamics in citizen science / open science with regard to the production, solicitation, collection, analysis, re-use and re-mix of big weather data.