Funding the Uneconomic?

Well yes, there are some things that can't be recognised in monetary terms, so how do we ensure that such initiatives get funded? “The relevant, recognised and desirable impacts of research, we are told repeatedly, go way beyond the purely economic. There are some things in life which cannot be measured in economic terms – and this includes many research impacts,” he writes. .... But he notes that in its attempts to justify the economic…

'Researching Social Media' with @Flygirltwo

Here's a book I'm looking forward to reading: According to a prominent academic in the field, the revolution in user-generated media content happened around the end of 2004. The Indian Ocean tsunami on 26 December that year, followed by the 7 July bombings in London and Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, spurred a huge rise in people using the internet and social media to document major events, according to Farida Vis, research fellow…

Colindale Disappears? @drbexl interviewed on @bbcradio4

I was interviewed earlier in the year about Colindale, where I spent many hours researching my PhD. As someone with a foot in the historians camp, and a foot in the digital world (and no, they're not exclusive!) our conversation was wire-ranging. I'll be interested to see which bits appear: Read more about the programme, and listen in tomorrow 11am, or afterwards on iPlayer (as I will be doing).

LSE Bloggers Demonstrate Value of Blogging (@timeshighered)

Demonstrating the true value of blogging to a research project: Website will 'maximise' impact by bringing debate to policymakers and public. John Elmes reports The editor of a new multidisciplinary blog run by London School of Economics academics has argued that the medium is "fundamental" for modern-day academics and their research output. Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy, was speaking about the launch of the European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog, the…

FOI Act Damaging Research @timeshighered?

An interesting article about unintended consequences from the Freedom of Information Act: The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is being used in ways that its creators did not intend, and universities are bearing the cost. While the act aims to make the functioning of government (and government-funded organisations such as universities) more open, an unintended consequence is that researchers may be forced to hand over unpublished data. The protection of freedoms bill, now in its…