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ESRC Research Methods Festival

RMF2014The 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival offers researchers a comprehensive programme of over 50 sessions and 200 presenters, featuring the following themes.

  • Cross-national methods and international knowledge exchange
  • Secondary data analysis initiatives
  • Methodological innovations
  • Social media and creative methods
  • Careers and skills development

The festival will be held this year from 8th to 10th July at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The festival is great value for money for a comprehensive programme and there are also discounted early bookings available until 11 April. For instance, the early bird research student day ticket is just £45. See the programme for further details and how to book.

’23 things’ for research

Dr Scott Turner has just drawn my attention to this latest iteration of the ’23 things’ programme: 23 things for research.

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.

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