Moving to working on mobile devices, and for serious work this means a full sized tablet, is not something you can do overnight, and if you try you will be disappointed. Since I got an iPad, I considered and resisted the idea of buying a Bluetooth keyboard. I convinced myself that the logic of the mobile working was to learn to use the iOS keyboard, even if it was not as good as the alternatives which I installed on my various Android devices.
Tinder, the social media app du jour, which recently featured in both the Guardian and the Telegraph, seems to me to be a very old new new thing. I have envied academics who were able to grab headlines for research on cutting edge social media trends, and this month , Tinder represents a class of app which is cutting edge. It seemed worth a look, so I looked, and what I found was slightly worrying, and slightly ‘so what’ Continue reading
Smart Cities are conceptually interesting for Digital Humanists because most of the universities we infest are in cities, so the first thing we meet when we walk past the gates of the ‘Ivory Tower’ is the bazaar of the modern city. Since sometime on 2009, according UN figures cited in Anthony Townsends new book, “Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the quest for a new utopia”, the majority of the world’s population live in cities.
One of the unusual results of student led learning is that occasionally, when the students set the homework, the lecturer has to do it. Over the past two weeks, our MA DAH class conducted an exercise in creativity which was new to me, but will become a regular part of our programme. Continue reading
The Digital Humanities team at UCC are hosting a tools and methods workshop for the phd class this weekend, and we are using data about Frank O’Connor, the Cork writer, as the thematic glue to link the various sections on TEI/XML, Databases, visualisation and social networking. Preparing for it I’ve sent some time hunting for data on his early years in the 1901 Census, and the BMH witness statements. Continue reading
This term I did a little experiment with some readings on contemporary networked warfare and learning in my HI2007, War, State and Society option. I staged the discussion in the first week to see if different sequences of readings might produce differentÂ discussions. It didn’t, but it was an interesting week. Continue reading
It all started in a pub, as the bestÂ IrishÂ projects do. I was sitting in the back of theÂ FranciscanÂ Well, smoking my pipe, having a pint of their Â microbrew stout and tweeting, as one does, when I saw and retweeted a call for papers for articles on evaluation for the Journal of Digital Humanities. Â I Â didn’t actually planÂ for anything toÂ comeÂ of it, but a bunch of our MA students grabbed the idea, and the next thing I knew, we agreed to write and submit a paper. As a result, over 10 days, we drafted, edited using Skype and Google Docs, and submitted, a good paper. Continue reading
Last week a group of us set out to write aÂ pieceÂ Â on assessment and evaluation of digital material in response to a call for contributions to the Journal of Digital Humanities. We began by writing fast stream ofÂ consciousnessÂ pieces which we later merged and edited into aÂ singleÂ piece – that process is described in another post. This is theÂ initialÂ piece of fast writing which I did for ourÂ writingÂ project, of which the final version appears online here
My engagement with assessing digital artefacts in academe is driven by the problem of grading the digital work being produced in our Phd and MA programmes in Digital Arts and Humanities