In summer 2017 all the PhD students in academic departments that hold membership of the
Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) were invited to recognise the fantastic work of their supervisors by making nominations for a new prize: the SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award.
Around 50 academics from 10 universities were nominated by PhD students for the award. Following consideration of the students’ submissions, on 3rd October 2017 SICSA announced that Professor Stephen Brewster of the University of Glasgow was the winner.
Three months later, on Friday 12th January, a delegation that comprised
SICSA Director Professor Kevin Hammond, SICSA Executive Officer Steven Kendrick, SICSA Executive Assistant Aileen Orr, and SICSA Director of Knowledge Exchange Alistair Lawson visited my office on campus. They brought the news that there was also a runner-up (silver) prize for the Supervisor of the Year Award, and that I was the winner.
Needless to say, I was delighted to hear this news on a dull day in January, and also very grateful to the (anonymous) PhD students who nominated me for this award.
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Mural in Turku city centre
Last week I travelled to Turku to spend some time with colleagues at
Åbo Akademi University. This was my first visit to Finland since my appointment last February as Docent in Information Studies within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at the University. Continue reading
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Professor Isto Huvila of Uppsala University in Sweden made a trip to Edinburgh earlier this week. Isto has worked for the past 20 years with archaeologists, exploring their creation, use and management of data and information from an Information Science perspective.
As part of his visit to Scotland,
Isto and I spent the afternoon of Tuesday 28th November with staff and associates of Historic Environment Scotland, the body that hosts both the national record and archive for the historic environment – including a growing digital archive – in Scotland. Here we discussed aspects of data/information management in archaeology. Continue reading
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This Wednesday 8th November I will be the opening speaker at ‘
Themes and trends in library and information research‘, a one-day conference hosted by CILIP in Kent at Canterbury Christ Church University. Entitled ‘Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities’ my presentation covers four mains themes:
The long-identified (and debated) research-practice gap in library and information science research
The case for research-led practice and practitioner-led research
Access to current research in library and information science research in the UK
Means of generating new research ideas
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Yesterday afternoon I visited the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) – of which I am a Fellow – to attend its 2017 Annual Statutory Meeting. Immediately afterwards the RSE opened its doors to members of the public who had booked places to hear a Presidential Address delivered by RSE President Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Continue reading
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