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!
|#||When||What||outcome and notes|
|1||July||RIVAL: community event on the theme of LIS research impact:||success!
Also enabled further funding application (line 5)
|2||July||applying for GCRF funding for PB in Brazil||success!
See line 7
|3||July||marking work-based learning 2017-18 final reports||——-|
|4||September||Drafting an idea for some public engagement/democracy work||to revisit in 2019|
|5||September||RSE funding application to follow up RIVaL: RIVaL network||success!
Work to start in Feb 2019
|6||October||marking work-based learning 2018-19 initial reports||——-|
|7||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
|8||November||marking BSAD coursework 1||——-|
|9||November||application for RIO funding to run WriteNow! writing sessions in 2019||success!
working with Frances
|10||December||marking work-based learning 2018-19 mid-year reports||——-|
|11||December||marking BSAD coursework 2||——-|
Could I offer a short course or other help to students’ improve their report-writing skills?
|12||July||contribution to 2018 Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide: A Longitudinal Assessment of Municipal Websites Throughout the World||fancy certificate of thanks|
|13||July to present||minuting meetings between Community Councils Together on Trams and Edinburgh Council’s Trams Team||better citizen-involvement?|
|14||September||Taking part in a follow-up to research by the Scottish Community Development Centre on community councils.||led to involvement in draft PB charter|
|15||September to present||member of £eith Chooses steering group||voting Saturday 23 February 2019|
|16||October, November||further participation in Scottish Government (SG) Online Identity Assurance stakeholder group||TBC|
|17||November||participation in debate/research on governance of and possible new powers for community councils||TBC|
|18||December||commenting on Scottish Government draft Open Government Action Plan||appreciated by SG|
|19||December||participation in Scottish Government/CoSLA event on mainstreaming participatory budgeting. Write-up of event is in a set of posts starting here||TBC|
|20||all year||minutes and websites for three Edinburgh community councils:||better recording and publicising of hyperlocal government activities|
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.