Opening access to research

  I recently gave a presentation as part of both Open Access week and the year-long series of lectures which are launching the new strategy foe the Library of Trinity College Dublin. It was a great honour to be asked to speak at Trinity alongside fellow academics, not least Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of […]

DRHA Dublin 2015

  ​ Dear Colleagues, It is with great pleasure that I would like to invite you to DRHA Dublin 2015 – Digital World. Digital Responses, hosted by Dublin City University in partnership with the National Library of Ireland and the Digital Arts and Humanities Institute, Royal Irish Academy. Our conference takes place 30th August […]

Galleries and Battleships – DRHA 2014

    Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2014 London – A Reflection The Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference has a long history and has adapted and evolved in response to the digital world with which it engages. The digital humanities and digital arts each additionally contain their own meta-layers and […]

DRHA 2014

Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts. The University of Greenwich and the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts, will host the DRHA2014 [Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts] International conference for the first time in its history, from 31st August 2014 -3rd September 2014. ———- Theme: Communication Futures: Connecting interdisciplinary design practices […]

The British Library and UK Higher Education

Changing landscapes The British Library operates many services that support the Higher Education sector. It now works in a financial climate that is likely to alter fundamentally within the next three to five years as teaching funding for the arts and humanities begins to affect students’ decisions to progress with postgraduate degrees. The student population […]

Dialogue for the humanities

I am finishing work on a piece for a national publication at the moment on whether it is possible, or indeed even wise to start a journal in the humanities that has a similar market profile as ‘Nature,’ the critical and popular science journal. There are many other developments in humanities scholarly practice beyond the […]

The Future of Libraries

            Senate House Library, University of London   Librarians who began practising in the last ten years have had the phrases, ‘the death of the book,’ and ‘the end of libraries’ ringing in our ears for much of our careers. Yet, relegate a book to the store and you invite […]

Stars of Page and Screen

I have been working on an idea concerning the sociology of libraries over the last few weeks. John B. Thompson, Professor of Sociology at Cambridge University, published a book recently, called Merchants of Culture. It is the most important modern work on the publishing industry and follows his equally essential Books in the Digital Age. […]

Free Humanities

Sage publishing has launched a new open access (OA) journal called Sage Open that includes the whole of the humanities and social sciences and seems to be setting itself up as the PLoS ONE of the humanities. Here is their press release: open.sp I think this initiative should be welcomed as it is an attempt […]