Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Apple Watch $10k price isn't crazy, it's an Anchor

Orbiting the sun "at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."
(Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Want to sell lots of $350 watches that do cool stuff but are really first generation products that will only work usefully with an associated $300 plus iPhone nearby? Put them on sale next to a $10,000 watch that does the same thing. Anchoring is a powerful sales tool and Apple are using it.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Building Digital Marketplaces

Jerusalem Marketplace by Simon Tanner 
Research shows that “more than 90% of the conversations about products, services and brands that take place every day” happen offline or face-to-face [1]. Thus billions of product, services and recommendations conversations happen in this offline space and only a small percentage are currently happening in online spaces, whether driven by social media or commercial spaces.

Even a small percentage of billions is a significant number, of course, but there remains considerable scope for growth in digital modes of community based discussion, sharing and recommendation. Especially in specialist areas where there is not currently a strong digital space for such conversations then promoting the building and delivery of communities that can share experience, knowledge and most importantly requirements, needs and recommendations could be an important innovation.

Monday, 2 February 2015

3 reasons why REF2014 was good for digital humanities scholars

What can the digital humanities learn from the REF2014 results that gives the discipline a boost and holds out hope for all of us who ply our scholarly trade as digital humanists?

Here I lay out 3 reasons to be cheerful in the midst of the detritus of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Tate launches world-wide access to unpublished archives of key British artists

Graham Sutherland, colour study,
Tate Archive
Tate has announced that intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from William Nicholson to his son Ben are among the first batch of items to be made available on Tate’s website for a world-wide audience as part of the Archives and Access project.

The project draws on the world’s largest archive of British Art – the Tate Archive - and brings it together online with Tate's art collection, making this one of the richest and most comprehensive digital art and archival resources in Europe. It is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of £2 million.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Despair over Timbuktu Manuscripts as Funding Pulled

Manuscript image courtesy of UNESCO
In January 2013 I reported on the war driven disaster in Mali that was putting at huge risk rare manuscripts in the Timbuktu region. I was thankful then to eventually find they had been secured and saved by the heroic efforts of the local people and the (partially South African funded) Ahmed Baba Institute. Now, at the end of 2014, South Africa is formally withdrawing its financial support by closing its Timbuktu trust fund and thus clearly putting those rare manuscripts back at risk. I despair.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Do you understand your Digital Ecosystem?

The Importance of the Digital Ecosystem

The Digital Ecosystem in the Balanced Value Impact Model (illustrated by Alice Maggs)
An ecosystem is a set of interdependent relationships among the resources, technologies, organisation hosting, creators and consumers. These must be mapped and described to clearly enunciate the ecosystem of the digital resource. Without understanding the digital ecosystem it is hard to contemplate the full capabilities of the digital resource and its relationship to the stakeholders.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

When we share, do they care? Using Impact Assessment to understand how our digital presence changes lives.

Keynote address for Sharing is Caring, 1st April 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Today I want to ask the question When we share, do they care? In doing so I want to focus upon a core aspect of human nature which is our sense of fairness and how we as people assign and consider values. I believe that understanding values is at the heart of the matter of considering how our digital presence has the power to change lives and life opportunities. It is through the use of impact assessment that we can then seek to understand how we are fostering those changes in our communities.

I will begin by looking briefly at sharing, then in more depth at fairness and values and finally considering how we measure impact using the Balanced Value Impact Model which places considerations of value at its heart.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Remembering Revolutionaries - Mandela, Tutu, Tony Benn and the Women's Library

Suffrage Banner
The last 2 weeks have been busy with remembering those who have made a revolutionary change to our lives. This post considers the way we remember the lives of Nelson Mandela and Tony Benn, and the revolutionary lives and history of women contained in the Women's Library.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

UK Creative Industries success story in hard economic times

(Image source: Fotolia)
The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport released the Creative Industries Economic Estimates today. They show an incredible story of growth and success for the UK Creative Industries compared to the incredibly shallow growth in the rest of the UK economy.
The creative industries reportedly generate £8m per hour for the UK economy and employment within the creative industries increased at more than 10 times the prevailing rate of UK job growth.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Review of the Year 2013

Time to review the year. So, who inspired me this year and what recommendations - for books to read, blogs and folks to follow - should you check out?