Also this week I met with Corey Gibson from Scottish Literature to discuss an online bibliographical resource he would like me to help him put together for a Carnegie funded project that he’s currently running. It was a useful meeting and we made some decisions about how the resource will function, and later in the week I put in a request to set up a subdomain for the resource. Next week I’ll create an initial version for him. Also this week I created a new project website for an RSE funded project that is involving English Literature for Eleanor Capaldi. I created an initial interface and page structure and got all of the basics in place and will update this further once Eleanor gets back to me, if further changes are required.
I had a meeting with Rachel Smith about an interactive website that she is putting together with Ewa Wanat. I’d met with Ewa about this in May but hadn’t heard anything since, but since then they have been speaking to Alistair Beith, a PhD student in Psychology, who is going to do the development work for them. Alistair was at the meeting too and we discussed the requirements of the project, the technologies that will be used and some of the implications relating to access and file formats. It was good to speak to another person with web development skills, and once the team has decided on a suitable subdomain for the project I’ll get things set up and give Alistair access to create the site.
I also met with my old friend and colleague Yunhyong Kim from Information Studies to try and get access to an ancient Apple computer that I had left in the building when I moved to Critical Studies. Thankfully I could still remember the password and we managed to get it to boot up so I could set her up with a user account. I also had some further communication with Brian McKenna from Central IT Services about the University’s App and Play Store accounts. I have been managing these for many years now, mainly because Critical Studies was prepared to pay the subscription fees when no-one else was. It looks like responsibility for this is now going to be taken over the IT Services, which makes sense. I just hope it’s not going to make the process of publishing apps even more torturous than it already is, though.
Finally, on Friday I attended an ArtsLAb session on research integrity and data management plans. This was a course that we’d tried to run several times before, but hadn’t managed to get sufficient numbers to sign up for. This time we reduced the length of the session and we got a decent number of attendees. I had previously spoken at such sessions, but as there was less time I suggested that it made sense to split the hour between Nigel Leask, who gave a very interesting talk about research integrity, and Matt from Research Data Management gave a great overview of data management and what researchers are required to do. I provided some sample data management plans for the attendees to look at in their own time and it was a very useful session.