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Dr David Alan Chapman

Professional biography

David Chapman is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing and Communications Department of the Open University.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is co-editor (with Magnus Ramage and Chris Bissell) of Kybernetes: The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences.

Having previously worked as a design engineer on optical fibre communication systems with Plessey Telecommunications, he joined the Open University in 1986 and has contributed material on telecommunications and ICT to a wide range of courses.  He was Director of the ICT Programme Committee from 2003 to 2006, Head of the ICT Department from 2006 to 2007 and Director of Learning and Teaching for the Computing and Communications Department during 2014.

Research interests

David's original field of research - and the topic of his PhD thesis - was optical fibre communication, whereas in recent years he has been developing interests in the nature of information (see his Intropy blog).  He also has a long-standing interest in the role of ICTs in development.

He is a member of DTMD (The Difference That Makes a Difference) the Social and Educational Aspects of Technology (SEAT) research group..

He is co-editor (with Magnus Ramage and Chris Bissell) of Kybernetes: The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences.

Teaching interests

David is currently presentation chair for T325 Technologies for Digital Media and a member of the course team presenting T324 Keeping Ahead in Information and Communication Technologies. He is a writing member of TM353, Building Successful Systems (first presentation 2015) and TM355, Communications Technology (first presentation 2016).

Other courses that he has contributed to in recent years include:
  • TU100 My Digital Life (first presentation 2011)
  • T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information and Communication Technologies (2005.)
  • T823 Multiservice Networks: controls (2004)
  • T822 Multiservice Networks: structures (2003)

Also the discontinued courses T305 Digital Communications, T322 Digital Telecommunications, PT629 Digital Telecommunications: Transmission and T102 Living with technology. David chaired the production of T305 and most of its presentations, and over ten years (1999 - 2008) the course was studied by a total of around 10,000 students. Associated with T305 were seven TV programmes produced by the BBC, including African Renaissance which was later used in T324 and can be viewed on ITunes U, and Attack in the Wires, which was reused for T823 and will be use in TM353. 

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Society and Information Research Group (SIRG)GroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

Publications

Comment on Floridi’s The Ethics of Information (2016)
Chapman, David
APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 15(2) (pp. 13-15)
Information is provisional (2014)
Chapman, David
Kybernetes, 43(6) (pp. 895-910)
Editorial: Living in a time of change (2013-01)
Ramage, Magnus; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
Kybernetes, 42(1) (pp. 5-12)
Introduction: The difference that makes a difference (2012)
Chapman, David and Ramage, Magnus
tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(1) (pp. 1-5)
Low-loss many-to-one fiber couplers with few- or single-moded inputs and a multi-mode output (2004)
Chapman, David A.
Fiber and Integrated Optics, 23(5) (pp. 375-385)
Still a gendered technology?: Issues in teaching ICT at the UK Open University (2003-03)
Bissell, Christopher; Chapman, David; Herman, Clem and Robinson, Lee
European Journal of Engineering Education, 28(1) (pp. 27-35)
Code-division multiple-access in an optical fiber LAN with amplified bus topology: the SLIM bus (2002-09)
Chapman, D.A.; Davies, P.A. and Monk, J.
IEEE Transactions on Communications, 50(9) (pp. 1405-1408)
Introduction (2011)
Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 1-7)
ISBN : 9780415884105 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Conclusion (2011)
Chapman, David and Ramage, Magnus
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 154-159)
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Information, meaning and context (2011)
Chapman, David
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 36-50)
ISBN : 9780415884105 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York and Abingdon
Perspectives on Information (2011-04)
Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds.
Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Information and Religion (2016-02)
Chapman, David
In : Images of Europe - Past, Present, Future. ISSEI 2014 (4-8 August 2014, Porto, Portugal) (pp. 1024-1033)
Measuring Information (2016-02)
Chapman, David
In : Images of Europe Past, Present and Future. ISSEI 2014 (4-8 August 2014, Porto, Portugal) (pp. 83-93)
The Role of Information and Values in the Participatory Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (2015-06-23)
Chapman, Alexander and Chapman, David Alan
In : The Difference That Makes a Difference (DTMD 2015) (5 June 2015, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Open resources for case studies and assignments (2012-09-28)
Jones, Allan; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
In : EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) 25th Annual Conference 2012 ‘The role of open and flexible education in European higher education systems for 2020: new models, new markets, new media’ (27-28 September 2012, Paphos, Cyprus)
Keeping ahead in ICT: A new approach to updating for final year undergraduates (2007-07)
Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
In : SEFI/IGIP Annual Conference (1-4 July 2007, Miskolc, Hungary)
Appropriate Technology for Distance Education in Digital Communications (2001-01)
Chapman, D.A.
In : IEE International Symposium on Engineering Education (4-5 Jan 2001, London, UK)

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