We Need More Critical Friends!

My First Encounter With The Term ‘Critical Friend’ I first came across the term ‘critical friend’ when it was used to describe my colleague Paul Walk when he was interviewed at the JISC-funded Dev8D event. Shortly after the event I noticed the...

UKOLN and the FE Sector

A number of years ago, following the announcement that the LSC (Learning and Skills Council) was to be a co-funder of JISC along with the various funding councils the various JISC-funded organisations set about extending their remit to provide support for Further...

Blessed Are The Software Developers

I have to admit that at one point I had somewhat of a downer on software developers. I felt that there was a tendency for many in the development community to be driven by ideology rather than than supporting user-needs.  I encountered this amongst the Web community...

Metrics For Measuring The Impact Of Blogs

I have an interest in approaches to measuring the impact of Web 2.0 services such as blogs – and this is an area of work which is being discussed with our funders, JISC and MLA. The conventional approach when engaged in such activities could be to carry out a ...