Publication of #ASIST2017 conference proceedings

The conference proceedings for the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (#ASIST2017) have now been published. Included in the volume is Building identity in online environments: an Information Science perspective which I co-authored with Frances Ryan, Peter Cruickshank and Alistair Lawson. Continue reading

Exploring data and information management in archaeology

archive filesProfessor 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

Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities #libresearch17

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:

  1. The long-identified (and debated) research-practice gap in library and information science research
  2. The case for research-led practice and practitioner-led research
  3. Access to current research in library and information science research in the UK
  4. Means of generating new research ideas

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Fifty years of pulsars with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

royal society of edinburgh logoYesterday 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

Building identity in online environments: an information science perspective #ASIST2017

Frances Ryan #asist2017 posterOver the past couple of days members of the international information science community have been heading to Washington DC for the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (#ASIST2017). Sadly I am not one of them, but my PhD student Frances Ryan (who should be somewhere over the Atlantic as I write this) will be there to present a poster at the conference. Continue reading

Themes and trends in library and information research: a one-day conference by CILIP in Kent #libresearch17

Two weeks today on Wednesday 8th November I will be the opening speaker at a one day conference entitled ‘Themes and trends in library and information research‘. The event is hosted by CILIP in Kent, and takes place at Canterbury Christ Church University in the Frederic Mason room of the grade II listed St. Martin’s Priory. Continue reading