JISC IE blog, Val Doonican and *that* diagram
A very quick note to say that the JISC Information Environment team are now blogging... good stuff.
And while I'm on the subject of the JISC IE, I should perhaps note that that diagram still seems to be doing the rounds. At the UKOLN 30th celebration Paul Walk invited me to say a few words about it from the floor, at which point I stood up and joked that I'd left UKOLN to get away from the diagram and had no intention of saying anything about it! Not quite true actually... I had prepared something to say about both the diagram and the work that went on around it but in the end I felt that the day needed something lighter and more anecdotal, so I sat down, stage front, mic in hand and said "I want to tell you a story" instead.
This resulted in much piss being extracted by various of my current and ex-colleagues by way of reference to Val Doonican - Rachel Bruce (one of the authors of the new blog above) even went so far as to send me a photo of good old Val with the caption, "picture of you" :-) I'll tell the story here, for posterity, another time - I know you're desperate to hear it. I don't have the time right now.
Anyway, I digress... back to the diagram. So having turned down an opportunity to talk about the diagram that day, I tuned into the live video stream from the JISC conference a few weeks later and found Sir Ron Cooke (Chair of the JISC) speaking to it in-front of an audience of practically millions.
Hey, if nothing else, it's certainly been good value. If someone did a tag cloud of Powerpoint slides based on the number of times they'd been shown in JISC-related events, I reckon that diagram would be pretty sizable.