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Unexpected, and overwhelming. What an honour and what company to keep.

   Barry Wellman

   NetLab                        FRSC                      INSNA Founder
   Faculty of Information (iSchool)                 611 Bissell Building
   140 St. George St.    University of Toronto    Toronto Canada M5S 3G6          twitter: @barrywellman
                  NSA/CSEC: Canadian and American citizen
   NETWORKED:The New Social Operating System. Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman
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Network Theorist Barry Wellman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from 
the Oxford Internet Institute
(text for OII Awards website)

Professor Barry Wellman, co-director of NetLab at the Faculty of 
Information (iSchool) of the University of Toronto, has been awarded an 
OII Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary record 
of scholarship in social network theory and Internet research which has 
contributed so much to our understanding of life online.

A Canadian-American sociologist, his overarching interest is in the 
paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. 
His research examines virtual community, the virtual workplace, social 
support, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and 
methods. His methodological contributions have been for the analysis of 
ego-centered or "personal" networks - defined from the standpoint of an 
individual. This calls for somewhat different techniques than the more 
common social network practice of analysing a single large network.

Barry Wellman said "I am deeply honoured by this. And want to pay tribute 
to the many NetLab members - and Networked co-author Lee Rainie - who have 
been my wonderful intellectual playmates through the years."

OII Acting Director, Dr Victoria Nash said "Barry Wellman's approach to 
studying the networks that connect us as individuals has had a profound 
effect on the field of Internet research, reflected in much of the work of 
our colleagues and students. We are delighted to honour his contribution 
today. "

The top-cited Canadian sociologist, Wellman's current work continues to 
focus on the interplay between information and communication technologies, 
especially the Internet, social relations and social structure. He was 
elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007.

The award will be presented on 7th November in Oxford, at an awards dinner 
and ceremony that also includes Lifetime Achievement awards for Sir Tim 
Berners Lee and Dame Stephanie Shirley.

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