Life as a research assistant

I work part-time as a research assistant for the Mapping Museums project at Birkbeck. My main job is maintaining the project’s database of over four thousand museums – but what does that involve? I’ve written a short piece about the work of data collection, data checking, and some of the ways in which the long list of museums is still growing. You can read it here.

Serendipities of online community

The many-headed monster blog, run by a group of academic historians, has been publishing a series on the best way to build communities online. Under the tag #SchOnline, the posts have covered teaching, conferences, online meetings, and more.

As part of the series I wrote about the benefits of Twitter and blogs, based on some of my recent experiences of doing research online.

The whole series is well worth reading – the contents page is here: