UoL Network: Proving that no matter how busy I am there’s always time for coffee

Alan Cann has floated the idea of cre­at­ing a UoL blog­ging net­work on JayJay’s web­log. Now he’s sug­gest­ing along with Chris (whose URL I’d lost) we set up a UoL blog­ging net­work. I think it’s a good idea, or at least I heard cof­fee men­tioned which is similar.

To some extent a uni­fied blog feed could aug­ment the expert’s list on the UoL web­site. For instance if I put up a post say­ing that 10,000 BC might be inac­cur­ate (metal? — there’s a reason why we call it the Stone Age). Then it could go into a feed along with Alan on the the latest super­bug etc. and then you have series of rentaquotes. The down­side with this is that we wouldn’t be clear­ing blog posts with uni­ver­sity author­it­ies so I sus­pect you’d want to limit the feed to staff only.

If you’re a UoL blog­ger you may want to leave a com­ment on Alan’s post at SOTI.


When he's not tired, fixing his car or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.

3 Responses

  1. ajcann says:

    The only way I’d ever be inter­ested in par­ti­cip­at­ing in any such net­work would be if it was com­pletely out­side of UoL “con­trol”, which is not to say that the University couldn’t have some input into it.
    I think the concept has enorm­ous poten­tial for the University, but it’s very dif­fer­ent from the way things have been “man­aged” his­tor­ic­ally. I hope we can pull some­thing together.

  2. JayJay says:

    I agree — in the same with blogs and journ­al­ism need each other in the cur­rent cli­mate — the uni­ver­sity and blogs can work the same way.

    The uni­ver­sity (as an insti­tu­tion) needs not to get involved, offi­cial­ising “the net­work” — they can go for it if they want in their own way — per­son­ally, I would feel like it would as cringe worthy as watch­ing video blog­gers on the bbc web­site, edit­or­ial arranged “com­ments” on what the bbc con­siders news­worthy that day. Students film earth­quake any­body?

    Completely removes the dynamic that blog­ging and web 2.0 applic­a­tions can bring to know­ledge sharing.

    Plus, I would never get a word in for I am an unknown pleb (within that con­text) and would have to be con­di­tioned and vet­ted before they let me any­where near them…

    This is why it is so exciting!

  3. AJ Cann says:

    Yup. The mar­ket­ing poten­tial for the Univerity is emorm­ous — if they get it right. OTOH, if they get it wrong (or ignore the oppor­tun­ity), the down­side is corespond­ingly enormous.