The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) ‘is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries’. Its delivery partners include the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Earlier this year, I was commissioned by the SFC to produce a web-map of the GCRF projects it funds.
I was invited to present about the map at the SFC’s GCRF sector meeting at the sector meeting on 29 October.
Hence a major part of this post is to record what Isaid about the map. The other major part is slightly edited versions of my live-tweets from the meeting. The rest of the post is Bruce-thoughts tweeted at the time, in (round brackets), and Bruce-thoughts that occurred while writing this post, in [square brackets].
My work was very well received, so I am very happy to have boosted my reputation (and that of Edinburgh Napier University), with representatives of the other Scottish universities, and with a significant research-funder.
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I’m trying to work a bit less and play more, so today I was delighted to take a break from writing academic paper-writing to attend an event based on my colleagues’ (Alicja Pawluczuk and John Morrison) PhD research. This post is my tweets, hopefully in chronological order, with minimal editing. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for all of the round-table discussion, but it would have been bad practice to tweet from that anyway.
John is @digiethnography. My less relevant tweets are in block-quotes. Continue reading
My colleague Frances Ryan (no relation) is researching social media use by proxy. Please take her survey (see her web-page). Click the images below to see the details.
You’ll be contributing to a great, important piece of research!
This workshop was presented by Professor Gunilla Widén(@gunillawiden) to members of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics. This post is based on my live-tweets and the text of Gunilla’s slides, so the good things here are from Gunilla, and any mistakes are by me. My thoughts are in block quotes. Continue reading
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At a turning point in my life, I applied to study for a part-time MSc in ‘Information Systems Development’ at Edinburgh Napier University. Apart from meeting my wife and becoming vegan, this is probably the best thing I’ve ever done. Now there are two PhD studentships available, so you can join me at the university’s Centre for Social Informatics. Continue reading
As predicted, I’ve been slaving over a hot laptop all of today. There was an amount of administrivia to do. This wasn’t helped by the University’s VPN being very slow, and something deleting a calendar invitation to all researchers at Merchiston.
This may have happened as I was trying several alternatives to using Outlook via the VPN. It turns out that Outlook for Mac 2011 doesn’t sync with my university calendar well (or at least not quickly enough). Nor does Thunderbird. And the current freely available version of Outlook for Mac doesn’t work on my MacBook Air (early 2015 13″, running MacOS 10·13·6.) I refuse to pay a subscription for Office365. (A one-off purchase would be acceptable to me.)
The rest of the day was spent refining interview questions and focus-group questions. I can’t shake the feeling that this should be a quick process. However, logically, it takes time to work out what should be asked, then even longer to work out how it should be asked to avoid ambiguities.
Ah well, time to relax with a beer and for my personal side to blog about Brexit. Nighty-night!
||outcome and notes
||RIVAL: community event on the theme of LIS research impact:
Also enabled further funding application (line 5)
||applying for GCRF funding for PB in Brazil
See line 7
||marking work-based learning 2017-18 final reports
||Drafting an idea for some public engagement/democracy work
||to revisit in 2019
||RSE funding application to follow up RIVaL: RIVaL network
Work to start in Feb 2019
||marking work-based learning 2018-19 initial reports
||October to present
||PB in Brazil: whether and how PB benefits the very poor in Sao Paulo Bruce going to Sao Paulo 4 to 27 Jan, Wegene 4 to 13 Jan
||LitRev in progress
builds on CSI’s relationship with University of Sao Paulo
||marking BSAD coursework 1
||application for RIO funding to run WriteNow! writing sessions in 2019
working with Frances
||marking work-based learning 2018-19 mid-year reports
||marking BSAD coursework 2
Could I offer a short course or other help to students’ improve their report-writing skills?
To celebrate World Digital Preservation Day (29 November), the Scottish Government digital team published its guidance on web archiving.
I’m saddened that public authorities apparently need to be told to do this. Remember the zeroth law of computing: There are two kinds of data: that which has been backed up and that which has not been lost yet. A variant of this is Schofield’s second law.
And remember, there is a difference between a back-up and an archive.