The Evolution of Scholarly and Information Metrics

In my previous role as Head of Scholarly and Library Futures at Jisc, I agreed to contribute a chapter to a new book by Andy Tattersall on Altmetrics (Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics) from Facet Publishing. Now that the book is published, I thought it worthwhile posting my piece, in full, on…

A Reading List for 2016

I read some great books in 2015, both fiction and non-fiction. My highlights include: David Graeber’s Utopia of Rules, Julia Blackburn’s Threads: The delicate life of John Craske and Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves But, I always have a long list of books I want to read; my reading to-do list. So, I thought I would begin to…

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Dark Patterns: Fighting User Deception

Dark patterns subtly encourage you to do something you might not want to do, to do something you’re not even aware that you’re doing. Dark Patterns are User Interfaces that are designed to trick people. I wanted to post a link to this site: darkpatterns.org. It’s well worth taking a look at, especially at some of…

Liquid Infrastructure

In his extended article* – What Is Code? – Paul Ford has written a wonderful description of our current, culturally specific circumstances of coding and project culture. Now, let me preface what I’m about to say with the plea that you read Ford’s essay if you haven’t already done so. It’s a wonderful read. The piece is as much…

Useful Resources for Creatives, Designers and Developers

I am always on the look out for great resources that can be useful in my day to day work. Recently a few interesting resources have dropped into my Twitter stream, and I though it worth sharing some of the best. If you have any others then drop a note in the comments. There are…

Would I write a book again…?

One of the reasons I thought I’d start a blog again is that I have recently finished writing/editing a book. Library Analytics and Metrics: Using data to drive decisions and services was published in April 2015 by Facet and is the first book I have been involved in editing entirely myself. After having spent over…

Breaking the Ice!

So, here we are again. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a blog, although I haven’t managed to keep one going for quite a while. But, it felt like a good time to restart the writing of things that are interesting or annoying me. To restart the posting of things that I find interesting…