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Libraries – the original Social Networks

I was listening to the Scroobious Pip podcast (birthday edition) this morning where he interviewed his mum. She sounds very nice. She also works in a library. She was advocating the role of libraries everywhere. I sympathised with her because, over the last few years, I've worked in several libraries in Perth, Dundee and Fife … Continue reading Libraries – the original Social Networks

Festival of Museums 2015

This Saturday sees the return of the Festival of Museums (#FoM2015) across Scotland. Last year was brilliant - recreating Victoriana in the McManus, Dundee's Museum and Art Gallery. It's everything that is great about being in a museum late at night with actors bringing historic characters back to life and activities and workshops designed for our guests … Continue reading Festival of Museums 2015

AudioBoo. AudioBoooom.

  Before and after with AudioBoom. My frustrations with a great platform. Less than two months ago you could have been listening to this Boo on AudioBoom via a Twitter share or an email link. Uninterupted. Today you would need to log into your account or create one if you don't already have one. "Would you like … Continue reading AudioBoo. AudioBoooom.

Commitment of A Thousand Hands #1kHands #pcic4

“Would you be kind enough to put up your hand if you feel the human side of care is under unacceptable strain in today’s healthcare systems.”  This is the statement posed by  Dr David Reilly at NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) Learning Session three, November 2013. Reilly goes on to say,  “I’ve nicknamed this for myself as … Continue reading Commitment of A Thousand Hands #1kHands #pcic4

Instagram Victoriana

Fun times were had at The McManus, Dundee's Museum and Art Gallery last Saturday evening (17 May) as we presented Victoriana Dundee as part of the Festival of Museums. The Museum, opened late for a special evening and, with the help of Artemis Scotland, brought Victorian Dundee to life once more as the various galleries … Continue reading Instagram Victoriana

Death of the Selfie?

Do you remember when taking a selfie meant using the tiny convex silver blob on the back of your phone as a guide? Well, the 'selfie' is so common place now that at the end of 2013 'Selfie' was named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries and even the Pope was in on the … Continue reading Death of the Selfie?

Exhibition. Reflection. Snacks.

Tonight (Thursday 6 February) was a reflection evening at the McManus. We were reflecting on the Sense of Place project with our young artists who range from 15 to 18 years old. We hadn’t seen most of them since the show opened so apart from anything else it was just great having them all together … Continue reading Exhibition. Reflection. Snacks.

X-Men take on Instagram

Regardless of what some might say about Instagram, Facebook were sufficiently interested to pay $1Billion for an 18 month old company that had no financial revenue - it didn't even have a financial model (free to download, free to post, no ads)! While it was clear that Facebook was paying for the 'engaged' community, it … Continue reading X-Men take on Instagram

Visual Storytelling Made Simple: Storehouse for iPad

Did you know that the very first version of Instagram (Burbn) was intended as a ‘Swiss army knife’ of an app… kitchen sink included. As development progressed went on, Kevin Systrom and his team stripped out feature after feature to arrive at the simple (but effective) photo sharing app that subsequently sold to Facebook for … Continue reading Visual Storytelling Made Simple: Storehouse for iPad

#ScotMKLS

#ScotMKLS, a set on Flickr. Photos from last week's Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) #ScotMKLS event (Mobile Knowledge & Learning Solutions). Lots learned, the most exciting of which was the Mozilla Open Badge platform. Can't wait to get stuck into thinking about how I am going to use these..! Watch this space!