Many Eyes.

I’ve revisited Many Eyes for the first time in a long time – and even decided to have a go at creating a visualisation. I’m not that good at selecting appropriate values at present – however, using the fee tables from the Guardian, I managed to get a pretty visual representation of the proportion of Unis that are going to charge the full £9,000.
I need now to have a look at some of the other visualisations from that data (e.g. those Tony Hirst did) to work out how to best use the data.
I’d not realised they also did word clouds etc. before; wonder if I can export all the data from Momento (just my tweets?) & create one somehow …

Research about Wikipedia…

Students often ask about using Wikipedia for research – or, rather, some use it exclusively & then get upset when we ask for other sources. Others are too scared to use it! I often point out that it can be a legitimate source – especially if it is research about wikipedia. There’s a lot of it about … and a fair bit is, as you might expect listed on Wikipedia

Includes material that’s not in English.

Data Visualization Tools

I’ve seen a number of data visualisation tools recently – there’s ManyEyes (Tony Hirst has done some fun things with the HEFCE funding data); I’ve also mentioned Gapminder (powered by Trendalyzer – now owned by Google) on more than one occasion.
Adam Ostrow, at Mashable, lists 16 Awesome Data Visualization Tools. He wrote the post in 2007, so since then some of the tools (e.g. Crazy Egg) have vanished, but it’s still a useful list of ways of representing data visually.

And in the next 100 years…

Christian Long links to a set of predictions made and published in the Lady’s Home Journal of 1900.
Some are surprisingly accurate (e.g. the ability to get a photo from China to a New York Newspaper in under an hour. Others have long been possible (e.g. the ability to get from New York to Liverpool in a mere 2 days); others still have not yet been achieved (free University education for all…)

Glad those peas haven’t arrived, though!

Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.

Vol 13 Issue 1 is just out. It includes several articles on Social Networking. There are several that have interesting looking titles, such as one looking at IM and disruption in the workplace, email flaming, what (if any) differences there are between users and non-users of Social Networking sites, aspects of privacy – and several others.

Student expectations study – Our Space, not Your Space.

JISC have released a report looking at the expectations of students entering University – in terms of Computer access/ support/ use in learning etc.
Many of their expectations are predictable, that, for example, they’ll be less restricted in the websites that they can access – especially in Halls. Others are similar to some of the comments that we heard at ALT – that, though they are used to using social networking & podcasting sites etc., they wouldn’t expect their staff to frequent them and to put learning resources there.

I’ve not fully read the report yet, so there may be other aspects I’ve not yet found.