Au revoir!

Well it’s time to leave Napier for 6 months to pursue other personal interests. I’ll be back in October to work on the IL-DEM project with Peter Cruickshank and Hazel Hall.

For now a huge thank-you to friends and colleagues in the School of Computing/IIDI, principally in the Centre for Social Informatics.

Of all the centres in all the universities in all the world, you HAVE to walk into this one!


I hope this blog given an idea of how fun and rewarding it is to work in Edinburgh Napier University‘s School of Computing. While most of my experience is within the Centre for Social Informatics, within that school, I studied for an MSc here first, being taught by staff from many centres. I count myself very lucky to have studied and worked in such a great place with encouraging, supportive people all around me.

The School is now offering four PhD places in some very diverse topics: find out more here. And find out more about the topics that would fit in the Centre for Social informatics here.

But hurry! The closing date for applications is 15 January 2016.

The workforce is mapped!

I love working in academia, not least because I often get to do new things. Perhaps the best example so far is the Workforce Mapping Project commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA). The headline results have now been published.

I got to work with Library and Information Science researchers Hazel Hall and Christine Irving, and Employment researchers Robert Raeside, Tao Chen and Matthew Dutton, giving me exposure to several new fields.

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My current work-themes – and my wishlist

Partly so I can get it clear in my own head, here are the themes I’m currently working on, and the other work I’d also like to do if I ever get the chance!

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On your feet, soldier!

On Wednesday I gave a presentation which was coherent and informative, and yet made up partly while I was listening to someone else’s but mostly in response to questions from the audience as I was speaking. Whenever I’ve given presentations before, I’ve mumbled incoherently as I drowned in my own nervousness. So throwing me in the deep end is perhaps the way to get good presentations out of me. (Peter, don’t you dare!) Continue reading

Surveying my learning

Since the middle of 2014, I’ve been working with Professor Hazel Hall and Christine Irving of the Centre for Social Informatics and Professor Robert Raeside, Dr Tao Chen and Dr Robert Raeside of the Employment Research Insititute on a project to better understand the UK library, archives, records, information, and knowledge management workforce. You can read about of the aims of this project in Hazel’s blog.

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Open the data and pass the dips!

Many interesting uses of open data were in sight last Thursday, at the latest meeting of Open Knowledge Edinburgh in Edinburgh Napier University’s Glassroom. Hosted by Peter Cruickshank, and introduced by Hazel Hall of Napier’s Centre for Social Informatics, the event brought together opendataphiles from research, government and public streams.

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