Yuwei Lin

Work Experience

Yuwei Lin is a whimsical sociologist (PhD, York, UK) who has ample experiences of working on interdisciplinary research projects, leading programmes and teaching modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Her latest appointment as Senior Lecturer in Journalism Studies in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling required her to coordinate and teach modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels: ‘Introduction to Journalism Studies’ (JOUU9X1, cohort size 270+), ‘Digital Journalism’ (JOUU9DJ, cohort size 25), ‘Advertising (FMSU9AJ, cohort size 53), ‘Advertising (PCMPPX3, cohort size 52).

Prior to her latest appointment, she was Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media and Communications, BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing in the School of Film and Media at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham.

She received her BA in Economics and a Diploma in women’s and gender studies from the National Taiwan University in 1999. Afterwards, she worked for one year as a full-time research assistant in environmental economics at the National Taiwan University for the research project "Environmental Economic Indexes for a Sustainable Taiwan - Vision and Strategy" funded by the Taiwan National Science Research Council.

In October 2000, she joined Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at the Department of Sociology at the University of York and started her PhD research. Under the supervision of Professor Andrew Webster, her doctoral thesis, entitled “Hacking Practices and Software Development: A Social Worlds Analysis of ICT Innovation and the Role of Open Source Software", completed in December 2004, analyses the socio-technical relationships between diverse actors involved in innovation processes of ‘free/libre open source software’ (FLOSS). Her research contributes to our understanding of "hacker culture" that she defines as a concept articulated, interpreted, negotiated and performed by diverse actors in various forms, and also to the empirical studies on the FLOSS development. Theoretically speaking, her research also sheds new light on how innovation, emerging in a dynamic and informal setting, can be codified, verified and deployed in the formal knowledge system. She has successfully defended her thesis on the 2nd of December 2004 and her examiners are Professor Ian Miles (University of Manchester) and Professor Andy Tudor (University of York).

Yuwei, then, worked for a year as a postdoctoral research fellow on the METIS project at the Department of Information Systems at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with Professor Marleen Huysman  from March 2005 to 2006. Meanwhile, she received some fund from the PRIME project to work with Prof. Andrea Bonaccorsi and Dr. Cristina Rossi at the Universita di Pisa (Italy) on the ELISS project, conducting case studies on Free/Libre Open Source Software Projects.

Yuwei relocated back to the UK in 2006 working as Research Associate at the coordinating hub of the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) at the University of Manchester. Her main research at NCeSS focused on gathering user requirements of e-Research technologies, and understanding socio-technical dynamics in the development, implementation and adoption of e-Research technologies, which range from tools for formalising knowledge (e.g., ontology, metadata, folksonomy), for discovering knowledge (e.g., data mining and text mining), and integrating and processing information in different forms (e.g., textual, audio and visual). Apart from research, Yuwei had also taken up administrative and managerial responsibility of several research projects, including the JISC-funded “Using Text Mining for Frame Analysis of Media Content“ (acronym: TMFA) project.

Prior to taking up the position at UCA Farnham, Yuwei worked as Lecturer in Future Media in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford (2009-13) where she led two programmes: BSc (Hons) Computer & Video Games and MA Social Media. She was awarded a teaching development grant by the Higher Education Academy to Her teaching is student-focused, research-informed (sometimes research-led), and combinational of theory and practice. The Higher Education Academy

Apart from her academic work, Yuwei has been playing an active role in FLOSS communities. She contributed FLOSS-related articles to the Linux-Magazine (2003 – 2010) edited by Patricia Jung. She is also an OpenStreetMap mapper. Before relocating to Farnham, she used to be a regular participant in various Manchester-based gatherings for digital media workers, including Manchester Open Data, Social Media Cafe Manchester, FSFE Manchester, and Manchester Free Software.

She keeps a blog http://hiyashi.wordpress.com to document her academic activities in the UK Higher Education.


Yuwei's research largely centres on socio-technical dynamics in open innovation systems. She has looked into Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development, open data, citizen science and parallel crowd-sourcing, participatory cultures in the wild. She has also undertaken usability studies, user requirement analysis in the interdisciplinary collaborative projects working with computer scientists, software engineers, musicians and performers.

Her work falls into the areas of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sociology of Knowledge and Innovation, Gender and Women studies, digital cultures (especially in relation to hacker culture and user-participatory culture), human-computer interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).

Additionally, her research seeks to innovate social methodology and methods in two ways: on-line research methods by which researchers use new ICTs as a medium for social research itself, and embodied arts-led practice-based creative research methods.


ORCID ID http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9798-5165

I have been participating in the recent debate about big data, privacy and surveillance in the media. I published ‘Digital tech companies need to be more open to protect our privacy and online datain The Scotsman on 20th March 2018, commenting on the secrets revealed by the data visualisation by Strava. I publishde ‘#DeleteFacebook is still feeding the beast – but there are ways to overcome surveillance capitalismin The Conversation on 26th March 2018, commenting on the recent scandal about Cambridge Analytica using Facebook user data to influence the US presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum.

Also this year, the paper that I co-author with Dr Matthijs den Besten on ‘Gendered Work Culture in Free/Libre Open Source Software Development’ has finally been published in the journal ‘Gender, Work & Organization’.

Other recent publications that I’m proud of:

Lin, Y.-W. (2017) ‘A reflective commentary of teaching critical thinking of privacy and surveillance in UK Higher EducationBig Data & Society. Special Issue on ‘Veillance and Transparency: A Critical Examination of Mutual Watching in the Post-Snowden, Big Data Era’. (Guest Editors: Vian Bakir, Martina Feilzer, Andrew McStay).

Lin, Y.-W., Bates, J. and Goodale, P. (2016) 'Co-observing the Weather, Co-predicting the Climate: Some Human Factors in Building Infrastructures for Crowdsourced Data for Atmospheric Sciences'. Science &Technology Studies 29(3): 10-27. Special issue on 'Knowledge infrastructures'. (Special Issue GuestEditors: Helena Karasti,Florence Millerand, Christine M. Hine, Geoffrey C.Bowker)

Bates, J., Gooddale, P., Lin, Y.-W. (2016) 'Data Journeys: capturing the socio-material constitution of data objects and flows'. Big Data & Society, 3(2). DOI:10.1177/2053951716654502, Jul 2016.

Lin, Y.-W. (2015) 'Open Data and co-Production of Public Value of BBC Backstage'. International Journal of Digital Television 6(2): 145-162.

I am hoping that I can complete a couple more journal articles on ‘Affective Labour in Constructing Big Data Infrastructures’ and ‘Algorithmic Accountability’, as a continuation of my observation on the big data and citizen sciences.

The co-authored piece (with Prof. Alan Williams) “Projecting the voice: observations of audience behaviours in ICT-mediated contemporary opera' is finally published in New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia. Free download available here. This is an outcome of a contemporary opera project 'Stefan and Lotte in Paradise' that I was involved in when working at the MediaCityUK at Salford.

Survived 10 days 9 nights camping at Calafou for the THF!2014 event, 4-11 August 2014. Was totally immersed in the Do-It-Together (DIT) and Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) atmosphere, cooking, cleaning, serving, reading, singing, dancing, joking, laughing, crying, (un-)hacking, mapping, walking, collecting, learning, (re-)understanding, (re-)thinking.

I gave a talk entitled 'Gendered innovation in Information, Communication and Entertainment Technologies (ICETs)’ and led a practical workshop entitled 'How to use Digital Mapping in Writing-Related Research’ at the Contemporary Women’s Writing Collaborative Skills Development event (funded by the AHRC, led by Lucie Armitt) at the University of Lincoln on 19-20 July 2014. A news article is available.

I delivered a conference paper entitled 'Animation Archives and the Culture of Reuse and Remix' co-authored with Craig Jordan-Baker and Rebekah Taylor at IACAP 2014. I also presented a poster entitled 'Co-predicting Weather in a Big Data Society' co-authored with Jo Bates and Paula Goodale.

I did a poster presentation entitled 'Enterprising Archives for Object & Archive-based Learning in Arts and Media' at HEEG 2014. The work was co-authored with Rebekah Taylor.

I visited the Research Group Cartography at the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology in January 2014 to advance the Fem2Map project. The visit was supported by the COST-ACTION IC1203 European Network Exploring Research into Geospatial Information Crowdsourcing: software and methodologies for harnessing geographic information from the crowd (ENERGIC).

[It has been a very hectic 2012-2013 so far. I have been too busy adapting myself to the precarious UK academia sector. I will update my activities in 2013 hopefully in a not-so-distant future.]

I delivered a CartoTalk titled “Demistifying the Relationships between Women and Maps” at the Cartography Research Group at the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). This was part of my visit for the fem2map project I have been advising, which, in collaboration with Salzburg Research, aims at increasing the participation of women in Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) projects. Fem2map is funded by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) within the structural research programme FEMtech-fFORTE.

I presented a work-in-progress titled “Meanings of Work: Understanding AI-enabled Scientific Work” at the 1st Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies (EPET) Conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands on 2-4 July 2012.

I presented a work-in-progress (co-authored with my colleague Mick Lockwood) “Designing for Location-based Sociality – A Case Study on Maxamundo” at the #DigCult12 conference at the MediaCityUK.

I gave a talk “Gender Issues in Free/Libre Open Source Software Communities” and led a mapping party at the 2012 FLOSSIE Women and Software Libre Conference in London, 25-26 May 2012.

Lin, Y.-W. (2011) 'A qualitative enquiry into OpenStreetMap making'. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp. 53-71. (in the special issue “Exploring Produsage”, guest edited by Axel Bruns and Jan Schmidt).

Outputs from some of the collaborative projects in which I participated when working at the University of Manchester have finally been published:

Randall, Dave; Procter, Rob; Lin, Yuwei; Poschen, Meik; Sharrock, Wes; Stevens, Robert (2011). 'Distributed ontology building as practical work'. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 69(4): 220-233.

Procter, Rob; Rouncefield, Mark; Poschen, Meik; Lin, Yuwei; Voss, Alex (2011). 'Agile project management: A case study of a virtual research environment development project'. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 20(3): 197-225.

I gave a lightning talk on Maxamundo and Sukey at the 1st European State of the Map conference in Vienna, Austria. 15-17 July 2011.

I was a member of the local organising committee of the MeCCSA 2011 conference held at Salford Quays on 12-14 January 2011.

Interestingly, I was quoted (informally) in this interview with Valerie Aurora (a female GNU/Linux kernel hacker) by Jenna Gretsch http://www.jennagretsch.com/2010/2010_tech_VA.php

Christian Greiffenhagen and I organised a thematic track titled “Video & STS: Methodologies and Methods” at the 2010 biennial forum of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) to take place on 2-4 September 2010 in Trento, Italy. We received 18 submissions and 16 of them were accepted for presentation.

I presented a paper on “Text Mining for Frame Analysis of Media Content” at the Workshop “The Computational Turn” at the Swansea University on 9 March 2010.

I presented a paper on “Innovation in Digital Content Creation and Consumption: A Case Study on BBC Backstage” at the International workshop “Educational Challenge: Innovation in Creative Industries”, Tallinn, Estonia, 26-27 March 2010.

Ure, Jenny; Procter, Rob; Lin, Yu-wei; Hartswood, Mark; Anderson, Stuart; Lloyd, Sharon; Wardlaw, Joanna; Gonzalez-Velez, Horacio; and Ho, Kate (2009) "The Development of Data Infrastructures for eHealth: A Socio-Technical Perspective," Journal of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 10: Iss. 5, Article 3. Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol10/iss5/3

De Roure, D., Goble, C., Aleksejevs, S., Bechhofer, S., Bhagat, J., Cruickshank, D., Fisher, P., Hull, D., Michaelides, D., Newman, D., Procter, R., Lin, Y., and Poschen, M.: Towards open science: the myExperiment approach, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Volume 22, Issue 17, pages 2335–2353, 10 December 2010, DOI 10.1002/cpe.1601. – I have never co-authored with so many colleagues – what a team work. We have come up with a new way of publicising the paper – see the dedicated myExperiment Pack, myExperiment File and myExperiment group.

The book E-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice, edited by N. Jankowski, has just been published by Routledge. It includes the chapter Developing the UK e-Social Science Research Program” that I co-author with P. Halfpenny, R. Procter, A. Voss.

I gave a presentation onSome Methodological Thoughts on Using Text Mining Techniques for Frame Analysis of Media Content” at the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association 2009 conference, Bradford, 14-16 January 2009.

I gave a talk at the Information Systems, Organisation and Society Research Centre, University of Salford, on 12 November 2008 on “Understanding Research 2.0 from a Socio-technical Perspective”.

I gave a presentation on “Research 2.0: Social Networking Sites for Scientists?” at the 2008 conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, 15-18 October 2008, Copenhagen.

Together with Meik Poschen, I gave a presentation on “Ontology Building as a Socio-technical Process: a Case Study” at the Oxford e-Research conference, Oxford, 11-13 September 2008.

Together with Meik Poschen, I gave a presentation on “Agile Software Development for e-Science” at the workshop “ Software Development for Scientific Applications: Current and future Perspectives” at the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Edinburgh, 8-11 September 2008.

Together with Enrico Zini, I gave a presentation on “Standardisation of Knowledge Conceptualisation - The formal and the informal” at the 4S-EASST Joint conference, Rotterdam, 20-23 August, 2008.

I was invited to deliver a keynote speech titled 'Researching Free/Libre Open Source Software Communities' at the CITASA (Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association) Pre-Conference and graduate workshop 2008 at Boston, MA on 31 July 2008. The event was partially sponsored by Microsoft Port 25. I also attended the American Sociological Association's 103rd Annual Meeting held on August 1-4 at Boston.

I published and presented a paper titled 'Agile Management: Strategies for Developing a Social Networking Site for Scientists' at the 4th International e-Social Science conference at Manchester, 18-20 June 2008 (co-authored with Meik Poschen, Rob Procter, Alex Voss, Carole Goble, Jiten Bhagat, David De Roure, Don Cruickshank, Mark Rouncefield).

I published an article titled 'Research 2.0' in Qualitative Researcher Issue 8 (June 2008).

I gave a talk at the ESRC 2008 Festival of Social Science – Wednesday 12 March “Surveying 2.0 - digital technologies, market intelligence and social media” (organised by Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. The slides of my talk, titled “Research 2.0”, can be found here.

I have guest edited a special issue on socio-technical dynamics in the FLOSS social world for the journal Science Studies with Lars Risan. This issue (Science Studies Vol.20, no.2) is now available. See the CFP and the Guest Editorial.

'Free/Libre Open Source Software Implementation in Schools: Evidence from the Field and Implications for the Future', Computers & Education 50(3): 1092-1102. (co-author with Enrico Zini). (corrected proof available online) (PDF Offprint) (This paper was accepted in November 2006, but has just been published in April 2008. A bit weird.)

I gave a talk titled 'Embodying Hacker Culture in Women-friendly Free Software Groups' at the workshop 'Codes and Conduct' (the 2nd of the workshop series 'New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living') at the Lancaster University, 19-20 November 2007. A blog has been set up by the blogger Jess for this workshop.

I gave a talk titled 'Women's Collective Action in the Free Software World' at the workshop 'Political Economy of Peer Production' at the Nottingham Trent University, 15-16 November, 2007. I argued that voluntary work in free software is not necessarily unpaid labour; people are motivated by a variety of matters to get involved in free software. However, the majority of the rewarded and visible labour is coding jobs largely done by men. In this talk, I drew on the stories about women's practices in developing and using free software, and tackled such overemphasis on the value of coding and men's work. I called for attention to invisible values of mutual helping, mutual learning, participating, and sharing experiences. I also called for acknowledgement of women's participation (and hence diverse ways of coding and hacking) in the free software world.

I have co-authored the following papers which were presented at the 3rd e-Social Science Conference at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 7-9 October 2007.

'Situated Design and Universal Maintenance: A Software Evolution Pattern Inspired by the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development'. ACM Ubiquity 8(27), July 10, 2007 – July 16, 2007 (with Enrico Zini). In this essay, Enrico and I describe a software evolution pattern recognition that was inspired by the Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development.

I have published a book review of My Mother was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts authored by N. Katherine Hayles (2005, University of Chicago Press) in Science & Public Policy.

18-20 April 2007, Automating the Analysis of Free-text Answers to Open-ended Questions, Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Conference (CAQDAS 07), London. (Abstract)

8-10 March 2007, Women's Participation in the FLOSS World, the 3rd Christina Conference on Women's Studies and the 4th European Gender and ICT Symposium, Helsinki, Finland. (Abstract)

'Hacker Culture and the FLOSS Innovation', in the book 'Handbook on Research in Open Source Software: Technological, Economic and Social Perspectives' edited by Kirk St.Amant and Brian Still (Idea Group Inc.). pp. 34-46. 2007.

Women in the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development’. In the book edited by E. M. Trauth Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology. pp. 1286-1291. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc. 2006. (see a GPL-ed draft version titled 'Gender Dilemmas in the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development')

'A Techno-feminist perspective on the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development'. In the book edited by E. M. Trauth
Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology. pp. 1148-1153. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc. 2006. (see a GFDL-ed draft version)

14 March 2006, invited to speak at the lunchtime seminar on the relationships between FLOSS communities and firms at the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milan. (Speech note coming soon).

15-17 June 2006, 2nd Holland Open Software Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Delivered a talk 'Improving Women's Participation in the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development' in the 'Social Inclusion' track.

22-23 July 2006, Computer in Use: Historical and Social Perspectives, Manchester, UK (paper presented: 'Hacker Culture and the FLOSS Innovation: a Practice-based Perspective',
paper was precirculated and discussed in absentia; commentators: Thomas Haigh & James Sumner)

23-26 August 2006, European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2006 Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland (serve as a session organiser for the session on Dynamics in the FLOSS Social World (with Lars Risan, Maja van der Velden, and Christian Lundestad) and the session on 'STS as a Boundary Discipline: Interacting with Organisation Studies' (with Ragna Zeiss).

21-23 September, HCC7 Human Choice and Computers Conference, Maribor, Slovenia (paper titled 'An Empirical Study on Implementing Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Schools', in Jacques Berleur, Markku I. Nurminen, and John Impagliazzo, Eds.
Social Informatics: An Information Society for all? In remembrance of Rob King, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference 'Human Choice and Computers', IFIP-TC9 'Relationship between Computers and Society', Springer Science and Business Media, 2006) (co-authored with Enrico Zini).

27-29 September, 2006 Virtual Ethnography in Contemporary Social Science Workshop, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (paper presented: 'Mutuality between Researchers and Respondents in Virtual Ethnography') (see abstract).

5 October 2006, invited to speak at the Pre-conference workshop on Free/Libre Open Source Software at the Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems 2006. See abstract.

'Hybrid Innovation: How OSS Firms Collaborate with the FLOSS Community'. Knowledge, Technology and Policy Volume 18, Number 4 / Winter 2006 (see draft version).

'The Future of Sociology of FLOSS', First Monday, Special Issue #2: Open Source (October 2005).

'Learn to Solve Problems: A Virtual Ethnographic Case Study of Learning in a GNU/Linux Users Group', in the special issue 'Learning in Networked Organizations' of eJOV Vol. 9. 2005. (co-authored with Marleen Huysman).

'Gender Dimensions of FLOSS Development', in the issue on 'Underneath the Knowledge Commons' of
Mute Vol. 2(1). 2005.

'Free/Libre Open Source Software for Bridging the Digital Divide’, in the book edited by S. Marshall & W. Taylor & X. Yu, Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with Information and Communication Technology, Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc. 2005. (see draft version)

'Is Hacking Illegal?', in the book Sarai Reader 05: Bare Acts. 2005. (co-authored with David Beer)

14-15 April 2005, OSS Symposium, Padova, Italy (paper presented: "Hybrid Innovation: The Dynamics of Collaboration Between the FLOSS Community and Corporations") (see slides of the presentation)

6 May 2005, A Sociology of the FLOSS innovation. A guest lecture for the master course of open source software at the department of computer science, University of Pisa, Italy.

13-16 June 2005, Custom Debian Distribution: Designing Software for Diverse Users Needs, a position paper presented at the workshop Developing and Sustaining Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) Applications For, By, and With Communities at the International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T2005), Milan, Italy.

26 September - 21 October 2005, invited to participate in the Online Panel Discussion of the Online Discussion Forum
"Common Ground _ collective practice & shared knowledge" held by the Tate Museum.

20-21 October 2005, invited to speak at the conference "Digital Inclusion and Open Source" organised by the Norwegian Network on ICT and Development in Oslo. The slides of my talks, "Knowledge Production in the Free/Libre Open Source Software Innovation" and "Women in FLOSS: Part of the Same Culture and Practice" are available.

10 November 2005, Diversity of knowledge and dynamics of knowledge creation in FLOSS communities, a paper presented at the FADO seminar, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Bedrijfskunde, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

21 December 2005, invited to speak about 'User Inclusion in the FLOSS Movement' at the workshop 'Information Technology and Social Values: Free Software and Information Human Right' at the National Pingtung University of Education.

Hacking Practices and Software Development: A Social Worlds Analysis of ICT Innovation and the Role of Open Source Software (Unpublished doctoral thesis), December 2004. (see the draft version of the thesis)

Custom Debian Distribution and Diverse Requirements of Software’ Community Technology Review (Winter 2004-05). (co-authored with Enrico Zini)

Contextualising Knowledge-Making in Linux User Groups’ First Monday 9(11), November 2004.

'Epistemologically Multiple Actor-Centered Systems: or, EMACS at work!'. ACM
Ubiquity, Volume 5, Issue 1, February 25 - March 2, 2004.
(This work-in-progress was also presented at the 3rd Oekonux conference, 20-23 May 2004, Vienna, Austria)

[Note]: On 25 November 2007, Richard Stallman wrote to me and requested a correction on this article: “Neither Weinreb nor Moon worked on Emacs, at least not in a major way or at the beginning. It's possible they contributed occasionally later on.” He also noted that “The passage in Free as in Freedom about "standardization" is so unclear that I can't tell what in the world it could refer to.”

23-26 June 2004, invited to present a paper ‘Hybrid Innovation: The Dynamics of Collaboration between the Public and the Private in the Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) Innovation System’ at the LinuxTag 2004 Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Has Software Development Ever Been Lost in Translation? - From Local Epistemologies to Cosmopolitan Expertise’. A paper presented at the 4S-EASST joint conference, Paris, 25-28 August 2004.

'The institutionalisation of hacking practices'. Ubiquity, Vol. 4, Issue 4, March 18 - 24, 2003.

'Creativity, culture and innovation'. A paper presented at the joint seminar of SATSU (Science and Technology Studies Unit), and the HCI group at computer science and psychology department on 20th May 2003, University of York, UK.

6-9 June 2002, invited to present a paper 'The pan-hacker culture and unconventional software innovation: exploring the socio-technical dimensions of Linux' at the LinuxTag 2002 conference, Karlsruhe, Germany.

'The social shaping of software: a case study of Linux'. A paper presented at the EASST (European Association for Studies of Science and Technology) biannual conference, University of York, UK. 2002. (See abstract.)

'The hybrid identity of computer hackers in the dynamic software innovation systems'. A paper presented at the STS summer school, University of Laussane, Swizerland. (See programme & contact list of delegates & abstract.)


I'm committed to experimenting innovative pedagogy. My teaching is led by and/or informed of the latest academic research and debates.

At the University for the Creative Arts, I lead two undergraduate programmes (BA (Hons) Media and Communications, BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing), and convene and lecture the following units (as of 2014/15):

At the University of Salford, I was Programme Leader of BSc (Hons) in Computer & Video Games, and MA in Social Media. I lectured and coordinated the following modules (as of 2012/13):

I have also done some ad-hoc lectures and workshops for students at different levels across different programmes on citizen journalism, research methods, gender and ICT, geo-tagging, project management.



June 11-12, Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group Conference 2015, Southampton Solent University.

August 13-17, CCCamp. Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, Zehdenick, Germany, Earh, Milky Way

March 24, Data-Psst! ESRC Seminar Series, Seminar 2: Debating the Technical & Ethical Limits of Secrecy & Privacy, University of Sheffield. [my position statement entitled 'The Public and The Private in Doing Citizen Sciences – How do Citizen Scientists Perceive Their Privacy When They Communicate Online?']

July 8, Data-Psst! ESRC Seminar Series, Seminar 3: Media Agenda-Building, National Security, Trust & Forced Transparency, Brunel University. [my position statement for Data-Psst Seminar 3]

September 10, Data-Psst! ESRC Seminar Series, Seminar 4: Visible Mediations of Transparency: Changing Norms and Practices, Kings College London. [my position statement entitled 'Grassroots Online Activism for Shaping the Public's View on Privacy and Surveillance']


November 17-18, the 'Challenging Media Landscapes' conference, University of Salford, MediaCityUK.

August 4-11, THF!2014, Calafou, Barcelona, Spain.

July 22, CREATE/feminisms: a symposium, Middlesex University, London, UK (I contributed a couple of photos to the write-up of this event.)

July 19-20, the sixth and the last of the Contemporary Womens Writing Skills Development Series (CWWSkills), Lincoln, UK.

July 2-4, International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP), Thessaloniki, Greece.

June 30 – July 1, Gender Summit 4, Brussels, Belgium.

June 17-18, Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG) Annual Conference = The Entrepreneurial University: Where Are We Now? Kingston, UK.

February 5-7, COST-ACTION IS0906 End-of-project Conference 'The Future of Audience Research: Agenda, Theory and Societal Significance', Ljubljana, Slovenia.





September 18-20, COST-ACTION IS0906 Action Meeting, Belgrade, Serbia.

April 17-19, COST-ACTION IS0906 Meeting “Creativity and Connectivity in Audience Research”, Tampere, Finland.


April 12-14, Audience/Society Transformations Workshop (meeting of EU Cost-Action “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”), Brussels, Belgium

May 7-11, Tampere Art Factory (TAF) International Week, Tampere, Finland

May 25-26, FLOOSIE Women and Software Libre Conference, London, UK

June 13-14, #DigCult12, Salford MediaCityUK, UK

July 2-4, EPET (Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies) conference, Maastricht, the Netherlands

August 6-10, Young Rewired State 2012, Manchester and Birmingham, UK

August 21, MODE video analysis for multimodal research training, MODE IoE, London, UK

September 20-22, Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations and Innovation (meeting of EU COST-ACTION IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”), Milan, Italy


January 12-14, MeCCSA 2011, Salford Quays, UK

June 20-21, AHRC-funded Temporal Belongings workshop: researching the interconnections between time and community, Manchester, UK

July 5-6, Context-aware Mobile Technologies, OSS-Watch, Oxford, UK

July 15-17, 1st European State of the Map Conference, Vienna, Austria


September 2-4, the 2010 biennial forum of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), University of Trento, Italy.

May 12, invited to participate in the workshop “Infinite Bandwidth, Zero Latency” at Manchester.

March 26-27, participated and presented at the workshop “Educational Challenge: Innovation in Creative Industries”, Tallinn, Estonia.

March 9, participated and presented at the workshop “The Computational Turn”, Swansea University.


January 14-16, MeCCSA 2009 Conference, The National Media Museum, Bradford, UK. (I co-organised the panel “"Innovations in Methods in Media and Communication Studies" and presented a paper "Some Methodological Thoughts on Using Text Mining Techniques for Frame Analysis of Media Content".)


June 18-20, 4th International e-Social Science conference, Manchester, UK

August 1-4, American Sociological Association's Annuel Meeting, Boston, USA

August 20-23, 4S-EASST Conference, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

September 8-11, UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Edinburgh, UK

September 11-13, Oxford e-Research Conference, Oxford, UK

October 15-18, Association of Internet Researchers Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark


19 March, NCRM/SRA Data Linkage Workshop, London, UK

21-22 March, the 2nd Ontogenesis Network Meeting, Manchester, UK

10-13 September, UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Nottingham, UK

7-9 October, the 3rd e-Social Science Conference, Ann Arbor, USA


21-22 November, the 2nd Data Curation Conference, Glasgow, UK

9-21 July, International Summer School on Grid Computing, Ischia, Italy

28-30 June, 2nd International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK.



The Secret Life of a Weather Datum, AHRC-funded, with Dr. Jo Bates and Paula Goodale. [older web content]


A short-term scientific mission to the Research Group Cartography at the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology, supported by the European Network Exploring Research into Geospatial Information Crowdsourcing (ENERGIC). COST ACTION IC1203.


Creation and Evaluation of An Archive of Computer and Video Games for Learning and Teaching Purposes – September 2012-13, funded by the Higher Education Academy under the scheme “Teaching Development Grants

The Social life of Open Data. September 2010-12, funded by Salford University VC's Early Career Fellowship.


Realising Locative Media – Maxamundo (funded by Salford University College of Arts and Social Sciences Research and Innovation Fund)


Innovation in Digital Media Content Creation and Consumption – A Casey Study on BBC Backstage. 1 February – 31 July 2010. Supported by University of Salford, AM&SS Research and Innovation Strategic Fund 2009/10 (£6,972.60 + in-kind contribution from BBC R&D North).


Understanding the Use of Web 2.0 Resources for Scholarly Communications, funded by RIN.

Using Text Mining for Frame Analysis of Media Content, funded by JISC e-Research Theme e-Infrastructure Programme, in collaboration with National Text Mining Centre (NaCTeM) and ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC).




'Social and Ethical Issues in Developing and Implementing e-Research and e-Health Technologies', an international collaboration with Prof. Pau-Choo Chung, (Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University), funded by the British Academy and the Taiwan National Science Council.


A core member of the EPSRC and AHRB jointly funded project “Technology and Social Action: A Designing for the 21st Century” research cluster, whose aim is to foster active dialogue and collaboration among innovative ICT designers and socila movement activists.

A PRIME-funded researcher. Prof. Andrew Webster and I have been awarded 10,000 EURO grant from the PRIME project to conduct FLOSS-related research. Through this grant, we have established cooperation with Prof. Andrea Bonaccorsi and Dr. Cristina Rossi to investigate the interactions and relationships between firms and the community in the FLOSS social world. There are three main research questions we try to answer in this project: 1) Firms' business models: why hybrid business models can succeed? 2) Firms' incentives: why do firms entre the open source field? 3) Firms' participation in FLOSS projects: why do firms contribute to the private provision of collective goods?

METIS project
As a member of the METIS project funded by the Telematica Instituut, our research aims to understand the socio-technical dynamics in the knowledge-sharing process in on-line communities based at the corporate environment.  I also coordinate a special interested group 'Knowledge and Communities' at the VE-Forum as a related playground for our research.


Email  yuwei AT ylin.org

Thanks for visiting. Have a nice day with the “Copper wire fact”...

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, London-based scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.     

Not to be outdone by the Londoners, in the weeks that followed, a Manchester-based archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the Manchester Evening News read: 'Mancunian archaeologists, finding traces of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Londoners.'     

One  week later, The Salford Advertiser, a local  newspaper at Salford, reported the following:  After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near the Crescent, Salford, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. It has therefore been concluded that 300 years ago, Salford had already gone wireless.

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