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Exceptionally good analysis of #Brexit.

"Thatcher and Reagan rode to power by promising a brighter future, which never quite materialised other than for a minority with access to elite education and capital assets. The contemporary populist promise to make Britain or American ‘great again’ is not made in the same way. It is not a pledge or a policy platform; it’s not to be measured in terms of results. When made by the likes of Boris Johnson, it’s not even clear if it’s meant seriously or not. It’s more an offer of a collective real-time halucination, that can be indulged in like a video game." 
The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010s It became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of support in the North East, taking 70% of the votes in Hartlepool and 61% in Sunderland. It subsequently emerged that Wales had voted for Leave
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How 5 publishers transitioned their sites to #Medium
What happened when Pacific Standard, The Ringer, The Awl, The Bold Italic, and Femsplain moved their sites over to Medium.
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It is more than just a motor skill, researchers say. It engages the mind.
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Twitter launches Engage
As an influential celebrity on the go, you've heard about Twitter, and your handlers are always telling you about what it can do for your brand. But what are you supposed to tweet about? And what...
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A slew of startups is trying to decentralise the online world
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The future of immersive virtual reality is often depicted as a dystopian view of millions of people spending hours alone each day, with huge gadgets stuck to their face, enraptured by fantastical worlds. But it's going to be millions of people spending time together — with friends, family, ...
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Our world is made of #information that competes for our attention. What is necessary? What is not?
Principles of #Calm #Technology
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One of the most successful projects from the earlier rounds comes from the same south London neighborhood where Chris Romer-Lee wants to build the swimming pool. It’s called the Peckham Coal Line....
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Some useful icons and characters you won't find on your keyboard.
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    Information Studies (MA), 2006 - 2008
  • University of Sussex
    Philosophy (MA), 2000 - 2001
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I am a Programme Manager in Digital Infrastructure for JISC, working on a range of Digital library Projects including mobile, usability and shared services. 
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Libraries and the curse of knowledge - Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog
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In his recent book on writing (The Sense of Style), Steven Pinker suggests that the economic concept of the curse of knowledge is the main c

How To Have An Opinion Worth Hearing
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I listen to you time and time again, while you tell me just what’s right… Kansas City, by Marcus Mumford Political seasons have a way of swi

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for open source enthusiasts | Opensource.com
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The annual Opensource.com gift guide serves up open source gadgets and gifts that kids, adults, hobbyists, and beginners are sure to love an

Google+ Hangouts – Google Hangouts
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Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android

8 Ideas for a National Approach to Monographs - National Monograph Strategy
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Ideas for a shared, national approach to the creation, management, preservation and digitisation of scholarly monographs.

Unique Identifiers Which Don’t Identify Anyone! | Library Analytics and ...
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This is great for us to get started with, and there's a lot we can do statistically with this data. However, different partners are keeping

Academics will need both the physical and virtual library for years to come
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Research no longer starts with a visit to the library building, say Rachel Bruce and Mike Mertens, but it still plays a crucial role

Buy Electronic learning toys at - Your Online Shop for Toys.
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Quality Rules | The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory
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Here is a letter from our very own Paul Deschner, to the Harvard Library community (and - now - beyond). It was so well received here that w

Digital Humanities and the Future of Libraries | The New York Public Lib...
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Click for accessible search Skip Navigation. My Account. Type Size: A; A; A. The New York Public Library. Search. Catalog. NYPL.org. Home; U

Multitouch and the quest to make ereaders more flexible than paper - O'R...
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The next TOC Sneak Peek webcast will feature Craig Tashman, founder and CEO of LiquidText, a multitouch software solution for digital margin

3D printing's forthcoming legal morass (Wired UK)
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This has all the makings of an epic and surreal legal battle. You thought Hollywood and record labels were powerful lobbyists, crushing Naps

LJ Talks to David Weinberger About the Living Web
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David Weinberger, currently a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Harvard Lib

Putting the User at the Heart of Education : Digital Infrastructure Team
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Putting the User at the Heart of Education. This is an update on a recent Usability workshop held by Ben Showers and Torsten Reimer as part