Centre for Social Informatics

Kick-Off Meeting of the StR-ESFRI3 Project in Ljubljana

On 9 and 10 May 2022, the StR-ESFRI3 project kicked off with a hybrid meeting that took place both online and in person in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Project partners (ATHENA Research and Innovation Centre from Greece, the Czech Academy of Sciences from Czech Republic, Università degli Studi di Milano from Italy, and Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana from Slovenia) discussed the activities and good practices from the finished StR-ESFRI2 project.

12. May 2022 | News

Published joint report from Survey among headmasters in Erasmus+ Cybersafe MOOC

In the project “Building teachers competence about cyberviolence against girls” we address the topic of online violence against girls, which is a pressing problem that many school professionals are not equipped enough to address or tackle. For that reason, we have decided to bring the topic closer with several project activities in 4 EU countries: a survey of schools, development of MOOC and educational material and building a platform about online violence with the emphasis on online violence against girls.

3. May 2022 | News

CSI is included in StR-ESFRI3 to Support the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures

The Centre for Social Informatics of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana (UL) has joint the ATHENA Research and Innovation Centre from Greece, the Czech Academy of Sciences from Czech Republic and Università degli Studi di Milano from Italy for the H2020 project StR-ESFRI3 aimed at strengthening the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures – ESFRI.

25. April 2022 | News

A new handbook for parents on safe Internet use

National Awareness Centre, which is part of the Safer Internet Centre project, has published a new handbook for parents with tips on safe internet use called “Vzgoja za internet – priročnik za starše” (How to educate for the internet - a handbook for parents). The handbook is aimed at parents of primary school children, as children become intensive Internet users during this period.

19. April 2022 | News

About the centre

The Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), established in 2011, currently includes 26 researchers. Their research fields refer to web survey methodology and the use of digital technology in social science data collection in general, safe use of the Internet, digital inequality, eHealth and eCare.

Researchers at CSI are one of the world’s leading groups in the area of the web survey methodology. They have published numerous scientific articles and developed a tool for creating and managing web surveys EnKlikAnketa (OneClickSurvey: http://english.1ka.si/).

In 2015, they gathered their scientific findings in the Web survey methodology book (Callegaro, Lozar Manfreda and Vehovar) published by Sage.

Since 2015, the CSI has been granted with the research programme “Internet Research”, directed by prof. Vasja Vehovar, PhD, which investigates the Internet as an object and as a tool for social science research. 

Head of CSI: Vasja Vehovar, PhD

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New scientific article on acceptance and use of market-ready home-based e-Care services among care receivers and informal caregivers

Dr. Matic Kavčič (Centre for Welfare Studies), dr. Andraž Petrovčič and dr. Vesna Dolničar (Centre for Social Informatics) published an article in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, titled “Model of acceptance and use of market-ready home-based e-Care services: A quality study with care receivers and informal caregivers”.

17. May 2022 | Publications

The special issue of Acta Informatica Pragensia, the main editor is dr. Vasja Vehovar

Dr. Vasja Vehovar, head of the Centre for Social Informatics, was the main editor of the special issue of Acta Informatica Pragensia entitled "Perspectives of Social Informatics". Members of the editorial board also included Zdenek Smutny of Prague University of Economics and Business and Alice R. Robbin of Indiana University. Together, they also published an editorial article titled "What is Social Informatics from an International Perspective?".

18. February 2022 | Publications

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National projects

OneClickSurvey An open source application for creating, conducting and analyzing online surveys. The use is free of charge. More >>

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Internet research - Research programme that covers the Internet as a research object and the Internet as a tool for social science research. More >>

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Evaluating probability and nonprobability online panels. More >>

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Probability web panels in national statistics for persons and households. More >>

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Factors impacting intention to use smart technology enabled care services among family carers of older people in the context of long-distance care. More >>

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Understanding and analysis of users' needs for the development of e-services for integrated social and health care in the aging society. More >>

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The Implications of Proxy Internet Use for the Internet Skills of Older Adults. More >>

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International projects

CYBERSAFE MOOC - Main objective is to bring together experts in the field of online violence and gender inequalities to develop educational materials. More >>

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D-CARE - A main objective is to improve the skills and develop, validate and scale up smart solutions that will strengthen and integrate the regional social and healthcare systems in Danube regions. More >>

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ITHACA - Project involves 9 European regions with a shared ambition to accelerate the scaling up of smart health and care innovation that can support active and healthy living. More >>

 

Safe.Si - Awareness project about safer internet usage and safe usage of all other new technologies. The project is run by a consortium of partners coordinated by Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. More >>

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Hotline Spletno oko - Enables internet users anonymous child sexual abuse images while they come across online. More >>

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CYBERSAFE - The project brings together 9 partners from 8 different European countries to work on an emerging and not fully investigated aspect of gender violence, namely cyber violence against woman and girls. More >>

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Highlighted publications

The role of proxy internet use in sequential pathways of digital exclusion : an empirical test of a conceptual model
PETROVČIČ, Andraž, REISDORF, Bianca Christin, PREVODNIK, Katja, GROŠELJ, Darja
Computers in human behavior, 2021.
[Open Access]

Should we be concerned about how information privacy concerns are measured in online contexts? : a systematic review of survey scale development studies
BARTOL, Jošt, VEHOVAR, Vasja, PETROVČIČ, Andraž
Informatics, 2021.
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Measuring internet skills in a general population : a large-scale validation of the short Internet Skills Scale in Slovenia
GROŠELJ, Darja, DEURSEN, Alexander J. A. M. van, DOLNIČAR, Vesna, BURNIK, Tomaž, PETROVČIČ, Andraž
The Information society : an international journal, 2021.
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Enhancing sociality, self-presentation, and play: a case study of digital scenarios among schoolchildren in an epidemic context
OBLAK ČRNIČ, Tanja, BREČKO, Barbara
Information, Communication & Society, 2021.
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Re-domestication of Internet technologies : digital exclusion or digital choice?
GROŠELJ, Darja
Journal of computer-mediated communication, 2021.
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Going online on behalf of someone else : characteristics of Internet users who act as proxy users
REISDORF, Bianca Christin, PETROVČIČ, Andraž, GROŠELJ, Darja
New media & society, 2021.
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Web versus other survey modes : an updated and extended meta-analysis comparing response rates
DAIKELER, Jessica, BOŠNJAK, Michael, LOZAR MANFREDA, Katja
Journal of survey statistics and methodology, 2020.
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Methodological issues when interpreting changes in social phenomena over time : perceptions of relative difference, absolute difference, and time distance
PREVODNIK, Katja, VEHOVAR Vasja
Sociological methods & research, 2020
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Web survey methodology
CALLEGARO, Mario, LOZAR MANFREDA, Katja, VEHOVAR, Vasja
Sage, 2015.
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Bibliography (November 2021)

Research and expertise

BETTER INTERNET

  • Cyberbullying prevention
  • Countering child abuse online
  • Internet addiction prevention
  • Improvement of digital literacy and etiquette
  • Preventing gender-based cyberviolence

INTERNET SOCIETY

  • Social informatics
  • Information society policymaking
  • Internet of Things
  • Active assisted living
  • eCare & eHealth services
  • ICTs in education

DIGITAL INEQUALITY

  • ICT and elderly
  • ICT and youth
  • Measuring the digital divide and skills
  • Digital and social inclusion
  • Information society indicators

SOCIAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY

  • Web survey methodology
  • Social science statistics
  • Survey methods
  • Mixed-mode survey designs
  • New technologies in social science research
  • Mobile research
  • Data science

WEB SERVICES

  • Social media
  • Social network sites
  • Serious games
  • E-learning
  • E-management

USER EXPERIENCE

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Web and mobile usability
  • Designing for Older Adults
  • User-centered design