Oxford Internet Institute

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The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a multi-disciplinary institute, part of the University of Oxford, England. It is housed in buildings owned by Balliol College and is devoted to the study of the societal implications of the Internet, with the aim of shaping Internet research, policy, and practice. It is the main UK member of the World Internet Project.

The Oxford Internet Institute was founded in 2001 by Derek Wyatt, then MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, and Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College. It had an initial endowment of £10 million from The Shirley Foundation and £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Professor William H. Dutton served as Director of the OII from 2001 to 2011. Professor Helen Margetts has served as Director since 2011.[1]

Since 2006, the OII has offered a doctoral degree in "Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences."[2] Since 2009, it has offered a one-year Master of Science degree in "Social Science of the Internet".[3]

Studies of Wikipedia[edit]

OII has published several studies of Wikipedia. In November 2011, the Guardian Data Blog published maps of geotagged Wikipedia articles written in English, Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, French, Hebrew and Persian.[4] OII Senior Research Fellow Mark Graham[5] led the study and published the results on his blog, Zero Geography.[6] Graham also leads an OII project focused on how new users are perceived, represented, and incorporated into the Wikipedia community.[7]

In 2013, OII researchers published a study of controversial topics in 10 different language versions of Wikipedia, using data related to "edit wars". [8]

OII awards[edit]

For its 10th anniversary the OII launched the OII awards for lifetime achievement awards on the internet research field and the Internet & Society awards for significant recent contribution to develop the internet for public good.[9]

Life time achievement awards winners[edit]




Internet and society awards[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Professor Helen Margetts Appointed Director of the Oxford Internet Institute". Retrieved 7 Nov 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oxford Internet Institute's D. Phil programme". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oxford Internet Institute's one year MSc". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Simon (11 November 2011). "The world of Wikipedia's languages mapped". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Mark Graham". Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Mark Graham (10 November 2011). "Mapping Wikipedia's augmentations of our planet". Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Wikipedia's Networks and Geographies: Representation and Power in Peer-Produced Content". Oxford Internet Institute. November 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  8. ^ Taha Yasseri, Anselm Spoerri, Mark Graham, János Kertész (8 Jul 2013). "The most controversial topics in Wikipedia: A multilingual and geographical analysis". arXiv:1305.5566v2. 
  9. ^ OII Awards | OII Awards. Blogs.oii.ox.ac.uk (2013-07-18). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.

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