100wikidays 10 to 13

There is a strong feeling of satisfaction with writing the articles so far. I still very much find myself wanting to write more and more, finding more missing articles, more stubs, more, more, more! I’m really starting to adopt this “encyclopaedic urge” I’ve been writing about for the past year or more. This is a preview of 100wikidays 10 to 13. Read the full post (762 words, 1 image, estimated 3:03 mins reading time)

100wikidays 4 to 9

The past five days have gone by very quickly, and although I am only a little over a week doing this challenge I have already started to dream about writing articles. Mostly it still centres around my worry that my articles will be flagged for deletion – or even worse, speedy deletion! This has yet to happen thankfully. This is a preview of 100wikidays 4 to 9. Read the full post (1110 words, 1 image, estimated 4:26 mins reading time)

Science Calling Podcast – Episode One

I was delighted to be asked to take part in the very first Science Calling Podcast. You’ll hear me talking about my previous museum work, my PhD, Wikipedia editing, and Dublin PubhD (which is on tonight!). Permanent link to this post (37 words, estimated 9 secs reading time)

100wikidays – the beginning of an open autoethnography

As part of my exploration of what it means to be a Wikipedian, I have embarked on the #100wikidays challenge to write one article on Wikipedia every day for 100 days. It is part of broadening my experience of what it means to be an active Wikipedian but also, as my father pointed out, an indication of my status as a glutton for punishment. As my editing interests border some of the lines of notability, or at least I worry they do, creating so many new articles makes me quietly panic that half of them will be deleted. This is...

Virtual Cultural Heritage Ireland

As I mentioned in the last post, I gave my short presentation at the first conference of the newly established group VCHIreland. It was an interesting two days and I enjoyed giving the talk greatly. From the excited discussions that came from many of the panels and intriguing chat over tea and coffee, it seems like there is a huge appetite for more events like this to take place. For anyone who may be interested, this is a copy of the presentation I gave on Friday: Permanent link to this post (87 words, estimated 21 secs reading time)

A first outing for the citizen curator

As I mentioned in my last post (all those months ago in September) I am now several months in my PhD programme with the University of Hull in Scarborough. My research questions and areas are starting to take a more concrete shape and with this in mind I will be giving my first presentation on the topic at a conference here in Dublin. This is a preview of A first outing for the citizen curator. Read the full post (170 words, estimated 41 secs reading time)

First and last at the Natural History Museum

Last week I catalogued my last specimen in the Natural History Museum after five years working creating the first comprehensive online catalogue of the collections. In a strange coincidence there was a beautiful symmetry to the first and last specimens I catalogued – they were both birds. The first was a Strickland’s woodpecker back in September 2008: The last was a bird skeleton: The first bird is on display in the balcony exhibitions that are now closed to the public since the re-opening of the Natural History Museum in 2010. The bird skeleton was found in storage and obviously never came...

The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre – there I said it

This has been something that I have been meaning to write about for a long time, but between one thing and another it never happened. I have been spurred on to write this now as it has begun to dawn on me that people are beginning to use this as an example of the triumph of rationality in cultural institutions or is continuously trotted out as an example of how such institutions get science “wrong”. This is a preview of The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre – there I said it. Read the full post (1427 words, estimated 5:42 mins reading...

Asbjørnsen in 2012

As part of research in Asbjørnsen, I was put in contact with a fellow researcher in Norway. Although he has yet to visit the collection here in Dublin, he cited me in a recent book that was published to mark the bicentenary of Asbjørnsen’s birth in Norway. Although I can’t read Norweigan, the book is a delight, filled with beautiful pictures and portraits I had not seen before. I was very proud to have been able to contribute in a very small way to this commemoration of a great scientist and story-teller. Permanent link to this post (93 words, 2...