The Platonic Ideal of a Newspaper Article

In 2014, I began to convert my newspapers transcriptions–stored haphazardly in a variety of plain text and Word documents, as well as Access, OneNote and Evernote databases–into XML. The value of structured data was immediately apparent, but the means for structuring it were not. My first attempts were as haphazard as my previous storage solutions. […]

Figshare and Share Alike

Stepping outside an echo chamber is always a bit unnerving. When I speak to academics about social media, open access and other forms of public engagement, I am usually speaking to the converted, or those who very much want to be converted. Many of the conferences and workshops I attend are advertised and organised to […]

Georgian Pingbacks Project

In the wild west of the World Wide Web, if you compose a hilarious joke, provide a simple solution to a complex problem or break a major new story, it is almost certain that your work will be copied. Although intellectual property laws exist, they are inconsistently enforced because of the sheer number of sites […]

The Psychology of Seating

Last Monday, I gave a brief presentation on Promoting Peer-to-Peer Teaching at the Royal Historical Society-sponsored History: New to Teaching workshop, hosted by the Institute of Historical Research. The session covered a range of topics, from power-dynamics to online collaboration, but the one that appeared to resonate most strongly was the psychology of seating. Lasting between one and […]