[Air-l] researchers ???

Hamish Cunningham H.Cunningham at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Wed May 5 03:21:49 PDT 2004

The problem with "internet" is that it is such a big term - from
the IP protocol to community groups. So saying "internet researcher"
is so broad as to be almost meaningless without further qualification?

For example, I work with people at BT labs on a project called SEKT
(http://sekt.semanticweb.org/) that develops semantic technology for
knowledge management; I work with people at the BBC on a project
called PrestoSpace (http://prestospace.ina.fr) about preserving and
accessing audiovisual media in digital libraries. Just accross campus
from me are historians busily transcribing 18th Century court reports
for on-line access. Upstairs people are modelling complex mathematical
entities called X-machines that may help verify the correctness of
net servers. All are clearly "internet research", but are quite
diverse - and that's just stuff that I personally have at the top of
my head.

I suppose that if you work on the statistics of net usage, or similar,
then you might end up shortenning your description to net researcher,
but it wouldn't be very meaningful?



Dr. Hamish Cunningham
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ren at aldermangroup.com wrote:
> I’ve never been ‘internet researcher’ but I used to 
> be ‘global head of commercial internet strategy’ when I was 
> at (at the time) the worlds biggest ‘isp’. 
> Previous to that I was at British Telecommunications who have 
> a large research facility at Martlesham Heath in the UK and 
> there I’m sure there were entire departments called internet 
> research and room-on-room of people called internet 
> researchers – the kinds of stuff done in the labs ranged from 
> basic research into things like protocols (resulting in RFCs 
> etc) all the way up to commercial applications of technology, 
> and, pause – futurology, shudder.
> BT labs home page is here: http://www.labs.bt.com, I’m sure 
> their PR people would be happy to help if you were interested 
> in job titles and stuff there. 
> Ren  
> www.renreynolds.com
> terranova.blogs.com
> ---- Original message ----
>>Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 14:30:03 +0930
>>From: ET <et at tarik.com.au>  
>>Subject: [Air-l] researchers ???  
>>To: air-l at aoir.org
>>hi all,
>>just a question for the groups members - hopefully some may 
> wish to reply.
>>The "modern" internet has now been going for about 10 years.
>>As a result we have many new professions...
>>we have web designers, programmers and a host of specialist 
> IT positions.
>>Does anyone in here work full time in a position that is 
> called 
>>"Internet Researcher" or that one could take to be, from the 
> job 
>>responsibilities, to be a full time internet researcher?
>>Does anyone know of another person who has the above role?
>>I am particularly interested to know if anyone works for a 
> company in 
>>such a role.
>>thanks in advance for your time,
>>Eero Tarik
>>Air-l mailing list
>>Air-l at aoir.org
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