Earlier last year I was given the chance to work together with the CEO of the start-up Yoop on a ‘submission of evidence’ for an all-party parliamentary group (APPG). This is a group in the UK Parliament composed of members of parliament from all political parties. This APPG, in particular, sought to provide recommendations for the House of Commons on critical literacy and fake news and their impact on younger generations.
This was a great experience and one of those (few, lucky) serendipitous occasions, of meeting someone at the right place, at the right time: shortly before submissions were due!
In the end, we were cited several times in the published report of recommendations, presented to the House of Commons, which can be found here. This is an achievement I am rather proud of!
I have written more about this collaboration and my thoughts for the UK Data Service Data Impact Blog, as part of a collaborative series with my friend and colleague Claudia Zucca, if you’d like to read more!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m still here! I’ve recently written a blog post for the UK Data Service, part 1 of a series, which can be found here. I think ‘impact’ is a very interesting concept, one that guides where most of the funding goes in academia, yet which is difficult if not impossible to accurately measure. In some ways, this measurement is not fair, because it creates ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. However, life isn’t fair, and for the sake of supporting (potentially) impactful research, the use of measurement can be regarded as a necessary evil.
Earlier this year, in advance of the General Election of 2017 (June 8), I received purdah guidelines through the ESRC. Purdah () being a concept I had never heard about before, I decided to investigate (admittedly, this does sound more exciting than it actually was…).
Continue reading “Lessons learned: purdah”
A little bit over two weeks ago I attended a week-long seminar – sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, name dating to 1851 but founded by Louis Bonaparte in 1808) and the Hendrik Muller Fonds – about social media and social cohesion in Amsterdam, in the beautiful Trippenhuis (a Dutch heritage site and former museum, once housing Rembrandt’s ‘The Nightwatch’). Continue reading “Social Media and Social Cohesion (Seminar)”
As undergrads, postgrads and even PhD (or PGR) students, we receive constant reminders that we need to save our research data at multiple places and frequently, both from teachers, supervisors and peers. There are also conferences and symposia dedicated to underlining the importance of making data available and replicability. However, by taking an online course provided by my University, I’ve recently learned that to ensure replicability and the later availability of your data, there are more steps you should take. These are the lessons I’ve learned… Continue reading “Lessons learned: managing research data”
I have to admit I’m guilty of staying within my comfort zone quite a bit. As a result, I haven’t traveled much since moving to the UK. However, trying to make a change, I have recently visited a friend in Cambridge and met up with another friend in Edinburgh, Scotland, both for a couple of days. Continue reading “Short trips to Cambridge and Edinburgh”