Nuria Ferran-Ferrer

Nuria Ferran-Ferrer
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | UOC · Information and Communication Sciences Studies

PhD Information Management, Bachelor Journalism, Bachelor Information Science, Master Information Society

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Introduction
Nuria Ferran-Ferrer currently works at the Information and Communication Sciences Studies, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Nuria does research in Communication and Media and Qualitative Social Science Research. She is currently involved in the European research project Euryka (H2020) on the analysis of the youth political participation in social media. Besides she is at present working in other research projects such as the study of youth participation in citizen science (STEM4youth), the analysis of open access in science (www.accesoabierto.net) and researching on the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the new forms of communication in networked societies (ACT).

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Publications (54)
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Wikipedia is one of the most widely used information sources in the world. Although one of the guiding pillars of this digital platform is ensuring access to the diversity of human knowledge from a neutral point of view, there is a clear and persistent gender bias in terms of content about or contributed by women. The challenge is to include women...
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Wikipedia is one of the most widely used information sources in the world. Although one of the guiding pillars of this digital platform is ensuring access to the diversity of human knowledge from a neutral point of view, there is a clear and persistent gender bias in terms of content about or written by women. Through semi-structured interviews wit...
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Wikipedia's significant gender bias is widely acknowledged. In this paper we analyze the Spanish Wikipedia with the aim of estimating the percentage of women editors and measuring their engagement and editing practices with respect to their men counterparts. To identify the gender of Wikipedia registered users, we analyzed both the information cont...
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There is a growing body of work on the ability of young people and minorities to have their voices heard in the public sphere, particularly with advances in information and communication technologies and the emancipatory expectations that ensued. Are all young people, in all their diversity, equally likely to have their political claims relayed by...
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Wikipedia began in 2001 and already reaches more than 40 million articles in more than 300 languages. It is the main source of information for many users, especially in the educational field, where seven out of ten students recognize using Wikipedia. But even though Wikipedia promotes the ‘neutral point of view’ in its articles, it is well recogniz...
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Abstract Objectives: Adopting the principles of user experience design (UX), we created three user personas to help design digital and on-site products and services and use in Catalan public library planning to promote patron loyalty and attract new users. Methodology: A representative survey of the Catalan community (1,205 answers) and a bivariate...
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The user experience framework (UX) serves to analyze the characteristics, preferences and perceptions of non-users of the public library to inform the (re)design of services. Empirical data come from a representative survey of the Catalan population aged 15 and over. In general terms, libraries and librarians benefit from a positive image, although...
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This article aims to contribute to the study of the difficulties that young people face in accessing the public sphere as political actors. It looks at the press coverage and the Twitter activity surrounding the restructuring process and the subsequent dissolution of the Spanish Youth Council (Consejo de la Juventud de España-CJE). A content analys...
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This article describes and analyzes the collaborative design of a citizen science research project through co-creation. Three groups of secondary school students and a team of scientists conceived three experiments on human behavior and social capital in urban and public spaces. The study goal is to address how interdisciplinary work and attention...
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Five different citizen science projects have been introduced in eleven secondary schools where class-groups collaboratively worked together. To assess homogeneously the learning performance, we propose a rubric model that includes scientific, communication, and ICT competencies jointly with participation and motivation attitudes. Results highlight...
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A study about research in library and information science in Spain is presented. Articles published between 2012 and 2014 have been analyzed in the journals Anales de Documentación, BiD: Textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació, Cybermetrics, El profesional de la información (EPI), Revista española de documentación científica (REDC),...
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p class="3">This article provides an overview of the current state of repositories of open educational resources (ROER) in higher education at international level. It analyses a series of educational indicators to determine whether ROER can meet the specific needs of the education context, and to clarify understanding of the reuse of open education...
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While wearable technologies, such as smartwatches, are seen as an opportunity to solve some problems often related to older people (65+), e.g. emergencies, physical activity, or isolation, little is known about how older people would domesticate such new technologies. In this study we provided eleven older individuals with smartwatches and tracked...
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Introduction. This study examines the research methods and techniques used in Spanish journals of library and information science, the topics addressed by papers in these journals and their authorship affiliation. Method. The researchers selected 580 papers published in the top seven Spanish LIS journals indexed in Web of Science and Scopus and con...
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Five different citizen science projects have been introduced in eleven secondary schools where class-groups collaboratively worked together. To assess homogeneously the learning performance, we propose a rubric model that includes scientific, communication, and ICT competencies jointly with participation and motivation attitudes. Results highlight...
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The general objective of our study was to analyse the research methods and techniques used in the top Spanish scientific journals on library and information science, and to compare the results with those of similar studies. The following journals were included in the analysis: Anales de Documentación; BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i...
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Diseñar una actividad de aprendizaje facilitada por las TIC siguiendo un enfoque de diseño centrado en las personas
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The purpose of this research is to assess the current state of citizen science projects and reveal the role of volunteers in the research process. This is achieved by performing a literature review and content analysis of three international and one state-owned citizen science platforms (Wikipedia, SciStarter, CitSci and Precipita) that contain mor...
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State of art of OER Repositories, according to a population of 140 repositories and some evaluation indicators
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Evaluation of OER respositories according a comparison analysys and a indicators proposal.
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This paper presents the experience of designing and launching an online HCI certificate program. The program was opened in March 2011 and it is currently in its fourth edition. It is a one-year certificate program addressed to practitioners and people working in user experience related fields. The data collected about our students confirm that ther...
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Personal information behavior has been studied within a large number of different contexts; however, individuals show different information-related competencies in their professional, academic or daily life contexts. Literature suggests that if a person is information-related competent in one context, then he or she will be competent in the rest of...
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A bibliographic review, state of the art, history, characteristics, development, projects and research lines of open educational resources (OERs) are presented, as well as their storage in repositories and their use in university educational practice. OERs have had two phases: an initial one concerned about providing access, and the more current on...
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This chapter explains the concept of “information competence.” After defining the concept in the broader context of digital competences, we explain how important is to develop such competence in the context of workplace skills required in a knowledge society, and specially, in an e-learning environment. Being competent in the use of information is...
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Information and knowledge society brings a new context where technology enhanced tools are key elements for being able to find, evaluate, use and communicate information effectively and efficiently [1]. Bookmarking tools could be the essential tools for supporting information behaviour, specifically information managing and communication. This pape...
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La actual sociedad del conocimiento así como las nuevas políticas educativas de la Unión Europea requieren una nueva aproximación a los recursos educativos. El uso de un formato cerrado y monolítico como puede ser el libro de texto tiene que ser substituido por la creación y actualización constante de colecciones o repositorios de recursos que faci...
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Gràcies a la introducció d'Internet, les institucions de la memòria poden anar ara un pas endavant i proporcionar narratives i documentació en línia. La present comunicació intenta descobrir com poden ser utilitzades les memòries en línia basant-se en dues experiències: una exposició de nens de la guerra i un portal d'immigració. Gracias a la intro...
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This work outlines the design process of a user centered learning object repository. A repository should foster the development and acquisition of both generic and specific informational competencies. The results of the first stage of the user centered design process are presented which provide a clear understanding of user and task requirements an...
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A large part of the research on personal information management is scattered through many journals due to the in- trinsic characteristics of this topic. This work tries to compile a more complete, global and integrated study of that type of man- agement strategies. Our study offers an analytical model of the informational behaviour of a group of in...
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A new tool of Corporate Communication for the Documentation Degree is presented. It's Docublog, the first weblog of an Information Science Degree in Catalonia http://docublog.blogs.uoc.edu/
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Purpose The purpose of this research is to propose an evaluation framework for analyzing learning objects usage, with the aim of extracting useful information for improving the quality of the metadata used to describe the learning objects, but also for personalization purposes, including user models and adaptive itineraries. Design/methodology/app...
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The Open e-Learning Content Observatory Services (OLCOS) road mapping work was conducted to provide decision makers with an overview of current and likely future developments in Open Educational Resources (OER) and recommendations on how various challenges in OER could be addressed. The report covers the following areas: * Policies, institutional f...
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In this paper we describe a proposal for multimedia and e-learning content description based on standards in-teroperability within a digital library environment integrated in a virtual campus. In any virtual e-learning environment, a complex scenario which usually includes a digital library or, at least, a repository of learning resources, dierent...
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While implementing Lifelong Learning strategies in Higher and Further Education, usually acknowledgement of prior knowledge of students and recognition of individual learning paths are regarded as the most important challenges. Although ICT enhanced learning slowly gains ground, the supportive role of open educational resources, in particular digit...
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While implementing Lifelong Learning strategies in Higher and Further Education, usually acknowledgement of prior knowledge of students and recognition of individual learning paths are regarded as the most important challenges. Although ICT enhanced learning slowly gains ground, the supportive role of open educational resources, in particular digit...
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Purpose To describe a browsing and searching personalization system for digital libraries based on the use of ontologies for describing the relationships between all the elements which take part in a digital library scenario of use. Design/methodology/approach Identification of all the desired functionalities and requirements that are necessary to...
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Internet Archive est une organisation a but non lucratif qui depuis octobre 2001 propose un acces libre aux archives du web grâce a la Wayback Machine, ou machine a remonter le temps. Elle utilise le programme Alexa pour collecter et stocker le plus grand nombre possible de pages web, dans un but de conservation et de preservation. Ce projet, tout...
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La premiere partie de l'article retrace l'evolution de l'acces a l'information des bases de donnees, de la technologie des CDROM a l'offre en texte integral sur l'internet, en passant par les intranets et les interfaces toujours plus puissantes et plus simples. La deuxieme partie tente de determiner les tendances de l'industrie des bases de donnees...
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In this paper we propose metadata that need to be established between the learning object repositories, in both public and private sector, with an academic digital library in a virtual campus for generating qualitative information about the use of a particular resource. The main goal of this project is to rate the quality of an object through navig...
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Resumen. En este artículo proponemos los metadatos necesarios que tendrían que establecerse entre los repositorios de objetos de aprendizaje y las bibliote- cas digitales en un campus virtual, para facilitar la generación de información de calidad sobre el uso de un objeto concreto. El principal objetivo del proyecto es evaluar la calidad de un obj...
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The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Open University of Catalonia) is involved in several research projects and educational activities related to the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). Some of the discussed issues in the concept of OER are research issues which are being tackled in two EC projects (OLCOS and SELF). Besides the research p...
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Purpose: In this paper we propose an evaluation framework for analyzing learning objects usage, with the aim of extracting useful information for improving the quality of the metadata used to describe the learning objects, but also for personalization purposes, including user models and adaptive itineraries. Methodology: We present experimental res...
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L'assignatura 'Tècniques documentals aplicades a la recerca' ha de permetre als estudiants obtenir un panorama del sistema de la recerca, un marc teòric ben assentat sobre Documentació científica i tecnològica, conèixer com avaluar la recerca, com obtenir finançament per dur-la a terme i quins mètodes i tècniques es poden aplicar per realitzar rece...
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L'assignatura 'Tècniques documentals aplicades a la recerca' ha de permetre als estudiants obtenir un panorama del sistema de la recerca, un marc teòric ben assentat sobre Documentació científica i tecnològica, conèixer com avaluar la recerca, com obtenir finançament per dur-la a terme i quins mètodes i tècniques es poden aplicar per realitzar rece...
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La idea subjacent al Projecte de Recerca i Desenvolupament COINE és permetre a la gent contar les seves pròpies històries. COINE pretén proporcionar les eines necessàries per crear estructuradament, un entorn basat en el World Wide Web, que permeti compartir continguts. Els resultats del Projecte ajudaran al desenvolupament d'estàndards per a la im...
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Turiel/A debat/Entrevistes a usuaris de biblioteques/p. 9-15 Col·legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya/Item 50/2009/p. 9-15 10 Usuaris de la secció infantil de la Biblioteca Central Xavier Amorós de Reus Per a la realització d'aquesta entrevista, hem parlat amb 13 nens i nenes d'entre 6 i 13 anys de la Biblioteca Central Xavier...

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EURYKA - Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities - is an H2020 cross-national research project which provides systematic and practice-related knowledge about how inequalities mediate youth political participation. It suggests novel democratic models to help reimagine a more inclusive European politics. EURYKA brings together researchers and civil society practitioners from nine European countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
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Where are the women in Wikipedia?