Category: Misc Research

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

HitchHikr

HitchHikr I’ve only just found this, but it seems to be a list of relevant conferences – and links to their sites/ blogs / etc….

How things change

Joyce Valenza has summarised all the aspects that teaching, learning and research has changed as she sees it from the point of view of a librarian – who graduated in 1976 – and her predictions for the future. One to hang onto ……