Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mobile phones and privacy: media attention

Here's a good example of the type of privacy/media characterizing that a
NESP program would need to be very careful to avoid:

"Mobile that allows bosses to snoop on staff developed. Researchers have
produced a mobile phone that could be a boon for prying bosses wanting to
keep tabs on the movements of their staff."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Use of audio snippet sampling

Here is a NYTimes report on a study using the technique of electronically sampling audio snippets to learn about how people are feeling by tagging words.



Saturday, February 6, 2010

Workshop on Facebook Research Ethics


This workshop on "Research Ethics in the Facebook Era" has some thought provoking position papers for anyone thinking of using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for research purposes.




Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Real-time search

Article about the value of real-time search, which is searching of real-time sources of information such as Twitter. NESP could be setup to provide similar real-time data streams, except for researchers. How might that change the nature and speed of research?



Creating maps and location-based databases

Google offers free navigation apps               

The interesting thing here is that Google is no longer licensing data from TeleAtlas or Navteq. They are generating it themselves. Access to the appropriate location-based databases is becoming increasingly valuable.



Mountains of data

An article about training students to work with the mountains of data that will be generated in the future (from systems such as a NESP?)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Using phones to infer social relationships

A paper on "Inferring friendship network structure by using mobile phone
data" suggesting the type of work on the horizon...