Posted by Miggie Pickton
The original ’23 things’ programme was designed by Helene Blowers at the public library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. Its purpose was to introduce participants to new and emerging technologies. The programme involved a series of 23 tasks or ‘things’, each related to the use of a new tool or service, and lasted nine weeks. As they used the new tools, particpants were expected to maintain a reflective blog on their experiences (Wilkinson and Cragg, 2010, p.29).
This version, ’23 things for research’, is organised by the University of Oxford and aims to “expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role” (Bodleian Libraries, 2012). It is open to non-Oxford folk.