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I first saw this over on Kris’s blog, but my colleague Martin was kind enough to actually put my details into the mailana service. And what does it do? Well, it maps your Twitter network based, I think, on the degree of inter-messaging between the people on it. 
It’s tempting to read to much into this, but some trends do emerge. Just up and to the right of me is a tight core of online journalists and online journalism educators, who talk amongst themselves a lot. Mr & Mrs Charman-Anderson appear to talk to each other quite a lot. RBI folks all appear to be scattered around the periphery, with relatively weak inter-communication. Graham appears to a small hub in his own right. 
I saw these graphs used a lot back in my active Livejournal days, and I do think that they illustrate clearly just how much these services are, in fact, social networks, even if they don’t fit the Facebook-style model we associate with the term. 

Lisa Jardine

This post is my contribution to Ada Lovelace Day in which over a thousand bloggers are celebrating the women they admire in technology.

I first met Lisa Jardine in a small interview room on the Queen Mary campus in Mile End. She expressed absolute delight that I wanted to switch from a degree in physics to one in English literature – not because I was abandoning physics, but because I didn’t see an interest in both in incompatible. A little over three years later, I met her for the last time, on stage, as I was awarded my degree.

“I didn’t expect to do this well,” I said, as my 2:1 was awarded.
“I didn’t expect you to, either,” she said with a huge smile.

I doubt she recalls either event – after all, dozens of students pass through her doors every year – but the two, and the time I spent studying under her in the time between, have been a huge inspiration to me. Here was a woman who had little time for the traditional boundaries between art and science, who seemed to see them all as part of the human endeavour.

You only need to take a look at her recent publication record to see where her interests lie: Robert Hooke, Sir Christopher Wren and the Scientific Revolution. I remember listening rapt to her account of rediscovering the additional purpose of the Monument as a site for experiments.  History, science, literature and technology: none of these are distinct fields in her work, but fields which can inform each other in search of insight and understanding.

More recently, her work as chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority has shown her ability to work constructively on one of the most vexed and politically-charged technological issues of our day.

One of the reasons I have fallen in love with blogging as a medium is that it enables debate and discussion between people on a whole range of issues. It allows the blurring of traditional boundaries and the positive use of technology for the growth of human understanding. And I might never have realised the possibilities without those three years studying with Professor Jardine.

Tony Collins @ Elevenses

I’m at our second Elevenses event at RBI. Tony Collins is talking about investigative journalism. Some key points to follow:

  • You have to build trust with contacts – and that can mean not running stories instially to build the relationship
  • It’s not a 9 to 5 job – contacts will often need to talk to you out of hours – and beware phone records that can expose your relationship
  • Keep close to the subs working on your story – don’t let them rewrite in a way that removes vital nuances.
  • Don’t overstate the case – and beware of coming over as the journalist stereotypes, as that can undermine your credibility in readers’ eyes
  • His blog is invaluable – the number of tip-offs he gets as a result exceeds his ability to cope with them
  • Forums can be an invaluable source of stories or information from them – and you can ask for information
  • Don’t be a repositary for secrets – we’re paid to write not to know things. Persuade them  – work with them – to get their permission to publish

Only a taster of course. I’m not giving away everything Tony had to say. 🙂