Transliteracy article published in the Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies

The article ‘Transliteracy as a Unifying Perspective’ written by Sue Thomas, Jess Laccetti, Bruce Mason, Simon Mills, Simon Perril, Kate Pullinger and myself will shortly be published in the Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies, on sale on February 2, 2009 from IGI Global. Here’s the full announcement:


Introducing the latest release from IGI Global:

Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies
ISBN: 978-1-60566-208-4; 632 pp; February 2009
Published under Information Science Reference an imprint of IGI Global

Edited by: Stylianos Hatzipanagos and Steven Warburton , King’s College London, UK


The rise of social software and the proliferation of social networking tools represents a relatively recent cultural phenomenon. The attitudes and behaviors of virtual communities and social groups goes beyond the distributed technological platforms being deployed and requires new conceptualizations and understandings of communities and their corresponding ontologies.

The Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies examines the impact of new technologies and explores how social software and developing community ontologies are challenging the way we operate in a connected, distributed, and increasingly performative space. Through authoritative contributions by a vast group of international experts in this subject area, this book provides important new insights into where new social technologies and emergent behaviors are leading us.

“This timely, well-written collection of articles addresses the need for educators to understand today’s students and to work with them to harness the Internet for education, so that students develop information searching skills and, more importantly, the information literacy skills that will enable them to evaluate the information that they find.”
– Jennifer Preece, University of Maryland, USA

Collaborative tagging systems
Developing community ontologies
Distributed learning environments
Emergence of agency in online social networks
Enterprise social software
Folksonomological reification
Information literacy
Knowledge media tools
Mobile information system
Online spiritual communities
Open education programs
Pedagogy 2.0
Personal knowledge management skills
Social life in cyberspace
Social media interactivity
Social navigation
Social networking and schools
Social software for e-learning
Social software in higher education
Student blogging activities in higher education
User-experience of Web contents
Virtual competencies
Web logs in higher education

For more information about Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies, you can view the title information sheet at To view the Table of Contents and a complete list of contributors online go to You can also
view the first chapter of the publication at

Stylianos Hatzipanagos is an academic working at King’s College London. He contributes to the development and delivery of KLI’s (King’s Learning Institute) graduate and undergraduate programmes. As leader of the e-learning function in the Institute he contributes to the design and development of learning, teaching and research activities that focus on e-learning and the pedagogy of information and communication technologies. He has a first degree in physics and MScs in physics education and in information technology (artificial intelligence); his doctoral research was on the design and evaluation of interactive learning environments. His research portfolio includes: innovation in learning and teaching, formative assessment in higher education, e-assessment, usability and evaluation of e-learning environments and microworlds, computer mediated communication and computer supported collaborative work, social software and social networking in an educational context.

Steven Warburton is an eLearning manager at King’s College London and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London where he chairs the research strategy group. He moved from his initial research background in the area of neuroscience to one that now encompasses a range of research projects in technology enhanced learning. His fields of expertise include: the impact of digital identities on lifelong learning; the use of social software in distance education; pattern languages for Web 2.0; design for learning with multi-user virtual environments; feedback loops in formative E-Assessment; and support for communities of practice in user innovation and emerging technologies. His interests are varied but focus largely on the meaning of identity in online learning, the potential impact of virtual worlds on education, social presence and social networks, and the changing nature of change.

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