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UK Data Service webinar: Open geographies and open software – using open UKDS Census Support datasets in open source GIS software

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Date: 21 January 2015, 16.00-17.00

“A large number of geospatial datasets, including boundaries and geographic look-up tables are available through UK Data Service Census Support as open data and can be downloaded by anyone. In recent years open source GIS software has reached a point of maturity of being able to match or even exceed the capabilities of traditional proprietary GIS software.”

“This webinar will provide an introduction to the range of open data that is available through Census Support. Through practical examples based around the geographic visualisation and spatial analysis of census data we will explore the range of the open source GIS software that is available.”

“There will be time available during the webinar for questions.”

[Source ESRC news: ]

British Library Doctoral Open Days

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“Have you just started your PhD? Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover the British Library’s unique research materials.”

“From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years.”

“You will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field. The events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library.”

The British Library’s Doctoral Open Days are organised on a discipline-themed basis with ones on English and Drama, Digital Scholarship and Music planned for January.  To see the full list of dates and themes go to:

[Source British Library website as above]

2011 Census Update – webinar

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Date: 9 December 2014, 14.30-15.30

“This webinar will provide brief updates on the wide range of 2011 census data available through the UK Data Service.”

“It will summarise the progress which has already been made to make data available through the service. It will also identify which products are outstanding but still anticipated. It will be of interest to users who have questions about what we currently have, or who are awaiting data that are as yet unavailable.”

“The webinar will be delivered by UK Data Service staff members who specialise in aggregate, flow and Microdata as well as boundaries.”

[Source Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) news: ]

2011 Census: Flow Data – webinar

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Date: 4 December 2014, 15.00-16.00

“This webinar provides an overview of the interaction data available as outputs from the 2011 Census. Interaction data are about flows between two places, such as counts of migrants or commuters.”

“It will describe what data are available, including data deriving from new questions in the 2011 Census, and how they can be accessed using online tools.”

[Source Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) news: ]

Nationwide search for new intellectual broadcasters

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“The Arts & Humanities Research Council [AHRC], BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts are launching a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.”

“From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.”

“The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.”

“The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website –”

To find out more go to:

[Source AHRC news as above]

Digimap webinars and training

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“Digimap have scheduled some short webinars on the use of Digimap, every Wednesday afternoon in November at 4pm.”

“Webinars are open to any interested staff or students.” Have a look at their Events page for full details and booking forms:

Digimap training required?

“The Digimap team is currently planning the Digimap workshop schedule for the next few months.  If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop we’d like to hear from you.”

“There is no charge associated with hosting a workshop and Digimap do all the administration.  We just need you to help us with finding and booking a suitable PC lab, that is open to attendees from other institutions.”

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Digimap team

[Source email from Digimap support]

Library of Congress Fellowships for 25 postgraduate and early career researchers

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“Twenty-five postgraduate students and early career researchers have been offered the opportunity to enhance their research with short-term fellowships of up to six months at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.”

“The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s International Placement Scheme (IPS) provides funded fellowships at some of the world’s leading research institutions, offering dedicated access to their globally renowned collections, resources and expertise.  This opportunity enables postgraduate students and early career researchers to enrich their research, understandings and connections through immersion in thriving research cultures, with privileges unavailable to independent visiting scholars.”

“Twenty-five researchers, including eight ESRC researchers, will be hosted by The Library of Congress (LOC) and will be based at the John W Kluge Center.”

“Many of the projects to be supported have an international  aspect, including research projects on ‘Sherlock Holmes as Travel Writing’, a study of the Lilli Lehmann diaries, tracking foreign intervention through medicine and social science in Haiti, ‘China in the US imagination’, and an exploration of ‘Soviet Hippieland’. Find out more about the research that will be conducted at the Library of Congress here.”

“These LOC IPS Fellows join thirty other IPS Fellows at other host organisations in 2014, including the Yale Center for British Art, The Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin), The Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes for the Humanities in Japan (NIHU).”

“The AHRC’s International Placement Scheme will open for applications from early November 2014 with a closing date of mid-January 2015. Launch events will be held in early November to support the scheme opening.”

More details can be found on the IPS webpages:

[Source AHRC news: ]

The Art of Risk

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 09:30 – 19:00 at The Howard Assembly Room, Leeds.

Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange presents, The Art Of Risk

“A One-day conference brought to you by Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange and Dare, the groundbreaking partnership between University of Leeds and Opera North.”

“We all take risks. Whether we are an avant-garde theatre company putting on a new production, a medical professional weighing up a tricky clinical decision, or just a normal person going about their day to day life, the decisions we make contain some degree of risk. But on what basis do we make these decisions? How do we judge whether a risk is worth taking? What forms of rationality or irrationality guide our decision-making? What draws some people to take risks and not others? The ways we approach risk vary enormously. This one day event begins with the simple premise that we have much to learn from each other.”

To view the day’s programme and for further information go to:

[Source National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement news as above]

UK Data Service family finance surveys user conference

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

7 July 2014

“The UK Data Service is holding a free full-day meeting to provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of family finance surveys.”

“This will include the following surveys:

  • Family Resources Survey
  • Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF)
  • Wealth and Assets Survey

The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers, including the following research papers:

  • Class and Cuisine in Contemporary Britain: Exploring the ‘Space of Foods’ with the 2010 LCF
  • The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, 2012/2013
  • Household income, expenditure and personal well-being
  • Measuring the Wealth Elasticity of Risky Asset Demand: Evidence from the Wealth and Assets Survey
  • The economic circumstances of cohorts born between the 1940s and the 1970s
  • Poverty, Work and Skills: What are the links?
  • Changing income and spending behaviours of London households”

For further information go to:

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

The Open Classroom

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Clore (Nesta) fellow Tom Doust shares his research on teacher networks & learning tools:

“Technology is enabling teachers to share new tools and methods of practice but what is being shared?”

“In a recent study on the rise of the connected teacher I explored how a minority of teachers are forming new associations and networks; within these, the sharing of their teaching practice and the tools they use is presented in an open and collaborative environment. I focussed on how technology is enabling today’s teacher to break down the classroom walls and to move beyond their immediate school communities.”

“I visited ten TeachMeets across England and observed many micro and nano presentations, short bursts of dissemination that provided teachers the opportunity to share with fellow teachers. Many of the tools were underpinned by technology but some involved more familiar items like a roll of Wallpaper.”

“Tools that enabled both digital and physical collaborative and open sharing were popular. Edmodo is a social learning platform for teachers, students and parents. Much like Facebook, users can post, embed, use calendars and track their learning. Explain Everything is an app that turns a tablet into an interactive whiteboard and screencast tool, allowing the user to create, annotate, animate and narrate his work then share it. Similarly, Showbie app allows student work to be collated and reviewed. One simple tool that was commonly shared was Padlet, a collaborative online web space that allows each user to upload multimedia from most sources, updating the shared workspace instantly.”

To read the rest of the blog go to:

[Source Nesta blog as above]

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