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Web scraping for arts, humanities and social sciences workshop

Web scraping is a versatile tool for taking data from websites and putting them into a spreadsheet for analysis. The potential is there to get a large amount of useful data, which can then be analysed. For example I’m thinking … Continue reading

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Special Research Environments and Spaces – ATC, Swinburne University of Technology

What makes a great research environment? What kinds of technological, social and physical factors support interdisciplinary collaborative research? This is the focus on the  EPSRC funded spires project. As part of my trip to Australia later in the year, and … Continue reading

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Sociology and Software

As part of my SSI fellowship I’ve started to have a think about the role of computer programming in sociology. I thought I’d blog about them and invite comments from the wider community! Sociology is a pretty broad discipline, at … Continue reading

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Sociology and Public engagement, ESRC festival of social science

The ESRC festival of social science has recently put out another call for proposals for events this November. There’s up to 2k available for events which appeal to non-academic audiences. In the last couple of years I’ve been successful in … Continue reading

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Student media focus groups – some notes

As part of my Pinterest project (blogged about previously here and here) I carried out a couple of focus groups this week with my students to explore their use of social media in general, their use of these tools in their … Continue reading

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Some first thoughts on Pinterest

Well I’ve finally gotten round to having a look at Pinterest, which at first glance looks to be relevant to a number of projects that I’ve been working on over the last few years, and looks a promising basis for … Continue reading

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The pub quiz and social science

Last year I put on a very successful zombie event as part of the ESRCs festival of social science. There was a good turnout for my talk and film screening and quite a lot of press coverage, including at the … Continue reading

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Involving students in the research process, right from the start

What would pedagogic research look like if students were involved from the proposal stage? What would be the impact of including student representatives on ethics committees dealing with research involving students? I’ve recently been awarded a small-ish amount of money … Continue reading

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Being Open-ish with my slides

I have just given my talk about open-ish education at durham. I have already given an overview of the content in a previous post. This is just a quick post to share my slides and provide a couple of quick … Continue reading

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Beyond Good and Evil: being open-ish with closed content

The first event for me in 2012 will be the Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference in January. The theme is Openness (sic!) and I will be giving a talk based on a number of things I’ve been thinking about whilst i’ve been … Continue reading

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