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People | Member | Simon Buckingham Shum

Professor of Learning Informatics

My work is inspired by the vision and >40 years’ work of pioneer Doug Engelbart: to develop technologies which “augment human intellect”, our “collective capability for coping with complex, urgent problems.”

My current work revolves around these separate but also intersecting fields:

* Collective Intelligence infrastructure (technologies and ways of working that pool what is known) for contested knowledge (these days most claims are contestable, and in any serious dilemmas, there is disagreement about the way forward).

* Learning Analytics (how do you know if someone is learning from the digital traces they leave behind?), in particular, for 21st century qualities (the personal skills and dispositions that citizens need to thrive in an age of turbulence and complexity — starting at primary school).

Keys: Learning Analytics, Collective Intelligence, Argument Visualization

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Evidence Hub
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Simsek, D., Buckingham Shum, S., De Liddo, A., Ferguson, R. and Sándor, Á. (2014) Visual Analytics of Academic Writing, Demo at The 4th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Indianapolis, IN, USA, pp. 265-266, ACM New York, NY, USA ©2014

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Knight, S., Buckingham Shum, S. and Littleton, K. (2014) Epistemology, assessment, pedagogy: where learning meets analytics in the middle space, Journal of Learning Analytics, UTS ePress

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Knight, S., Arastoopour, G., Shaffer, D., Buckingham Shum, S. and Littleton, K. (2014) Epistemic networks for epistemic commitments, International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), Boulder, Colarado, USA

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De Liddo, A. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2013) Improving Online Deliberation with Argument Network Visualization, Workshop: Digital Cities 8 at 6th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C&T 2013, Munich, Germany

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De Liddo, A. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2013) The Evidence Hub: Harnessing the Collective Intelligence of Communities to Build Evidence-Based Knowledge, Workshop: Large Scale Ideation and Deliberation at 6th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Munich, Germany

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5 Most Recent Tech Reports

Epistemic Networks for Epistemic Commitments
Techreport ID: kmi-13-03
Date: 2013
Author(s): Simon Knight, Golnaz Arastoopour, David Williamson Shaffer, Simon Buckingham Shum, Karen Littleton
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Social Learning Analytics
Techreport ID: kmi-11-01
Date: 2011
Author(s): Simon Buckingham Shum,Rebecca Ferguson
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Designing the Ontological Foundations for Knowledge Domain Analysis Technology: An Interim Report
Techreport ID: kmi-08-02
Date: 2008
Author(s): Neil Benn, Simon Buckingham Shum, John Domingue, Clara Mancini
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Visualising Discourse Coherence in Non-Linear Documents
Techreport ID: KMI-06-19
Date: 2006
Author(s): Clara Mancini, Donia Scott and Simon Buckingham Shum
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Sensemaking on the Pragmatic Web: A Hypermedia Discourse Perspective
Techreport ID: KMI-06-16
Date: 2006
Author(s): Simon Buckingham Shum
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Future Internet is...

Future Internet
With over a billion users, today's Internet is arguably the most successful human artifact ever created. The Internet's physical infrastructure, software, and content now play an integral part of the lives of everyone on the planet, whether they interact with it directly or not. Now nearing its fifth decade, the Internet has shown remarkable resilience and flexibility in the face of ever increasing numbers of users, data volume, and changing usage patterns, but faces growing challenges in meetings the needs of our knowledge society. Globally, many major initiatives are underway to address the need for more scientific research, physical infrastructure investment, better education, and better utilisation of the Internet. Within Japan, USA and Europe major new initiatives have begun in the area.

To succeed the Future Internet will need to address a number of cross-cutting challenges including:

  • Scalability in the face of peer-to-peer traffic, decentralisation, and increased openness

  • Trust when government, medical, financial, personal data are increasingly trusted to the cloud, and middleware will increasingly use dynamic service selection

  • Interoperability of semantic data and metadata, and of services which will be dynamically orchestrated

  • Pervasive usability for users of mobile devices, different languages, cultures and physical abilities

  • Mobility for users who expect a seamless experience across spaces, devices, and velocities