Report of the Silk Roads

by Peter Frankopan

Thanks again to Brian for sharing his thoughts in advance. A fine review covering in fine detail aspects which certainly helped stimulate our discussion.

There were mixed, but I think generally favourable reactions to the book as a whole – noting that some were reading it and others having it read to them by a rather poor narrator. Continue reading

Pondering Sidenotes

Screenshot 2016-07-11 10.09.19The last week found me teasing out techniques for working with sidenotes as alternative to footnotes or endnotes. In a contentually brilliant PhD Dissertation on timelines as a digital collection visualisation tool – I was concurrently impressed by the quality of the layout of the entire dissertation to enhance readability. Florian Kräutli’s dissertation 1 is a great example of having some latitude to take the reader into account and make the content of a PhD dissertation usable beyond merely submitting it to check a box. Continue reading

Report on Five Socratic Dialogues

by Plato

Thanks all for thoughtful discussion and was very pleased to see the great engagement with Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. I think all expressed pleasure at having read the dialogues – in varying measures. All seemed to have engaged in different ways: attempting to fill gap in allusions from other reading or to take learning from the process and methodology of the discursive method demonstrated. Continue reading

Playing with Hexagons in Northern Ireland

[Cross Posted from QUBDH]

NI-Hex-2016-2011-ResultsSo what about those hexagons? They were all the rage during the UK General Election last year – the BBC actually constructed a physical jigsaw in their atrium out of them. At the time I mused on there usefulness for providing a pseudo-spatial representation of return data. At the time I was largely positive and have subsequently experimented with their usage in place of heat maps – as in the example below looking at healthcare coverage. On a popular basis they appear to have been a passing fancy with the major media organisations abandoning them just a year later during the UK local and regional elections. I haven’t abandoned them yet myself and found that for the NI election this week they offered a useful sense on the allocation of seats by constituency.

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Incompetence, Irresponsibility and the Value of Data for Knowledge

oHalpinIn what appears to be a second Trinity-flavoured posting, I share my thoughts on a provocative talk and session at Dr Steeven’s Hospital this noontime.
Dr Steeven’s in conjunction with the Edward Worth Library invited Prof Eunan O’Halpin of TCD History to speak to their 1916 commemoration programme. His talk: ‘Cherishing All the Nation’s Children Equally: Civilian Deaths in 1916’ entertained and elicited though beyond his specific subject matter. I can only characterise his presentation as ribald, off the cuff, passionate and directly speaking to the humanity of knowledge.

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A New Beginning for Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin

Screenshot 2016-04-22 22.28.09A decade or so ago, I found myself live blogging academic talks and events (and being some weird exceptionalist on the fringe) – ’tis admittedly where I like to live. Over the years this has transmogrified itself into live tweeting from such events – snapping furtive pics and capturing pithy prose. This has become my primary form of note taking and more profoundly of knowledge sharing. Ironically, oddly and seemingly incongruously more recently I have been undertaking a digital detox. Continue reading

Using Slack for Learning Engagement

Slack is a collaborative commercial messaging platform. It seamlessly organises communications and encourages informal discussions beyond the use of email or rigid discussion forums. Slack’s approach is characterised by the use of themed discussion channels that group users and subjects by content and encourage free interaction.

In an educational context, I have deployed slack to extend seminar discussions, permit easy sharing of ideas, provide course announcement messaging and to capture the broader course discussion being carried on throughout social media.

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Report on the Pleasure of My Company

by Steve Martin

Thank you very much to those absent for sending in their comments and recommendations – your company was missed at the book club last night. Thanks to Mr Maye and Mr Hensey for a quite thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion. Despite (maybe as a result of) the small numbers we pushed on for quite a stretch and time flew and I for one thoroughly enjoyed. To those not present: your contributions enlivened the discussion asynchronously. Continue reading