David Stuart

Web Analyst and Consultant

Social Media in UK University libraries

My last post…many months ago…mentioned the fact that I had just been commissioned to write another book: Web metrics for the library and information professional. It’s a project that has taken a bit longer than I would have liked, primarily due to the arrival of a baby, but is now well on the way to [...]

Web Metrics for the Library and Information Professional

Publishing my first book, “Facilitating access to the web of data: a guide for librarians“, was my professional highlight of 2011. However as a webometrician the publication was only the start of the story, it was quickly followed by an obsession with all the various numbers surrounding the book: What is its sales rank on [...]

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data – the Wordle

Having spent most of the day creating the index for my book, I thought I would see what it looked like as a Wordle. Unsurprisingly for a book on the web of data, data is the most popular term; in fact it’s mentioned 1,245 times!

Fair Use and Screenshots

Somewhere during the process of agreeing to write a book, I seemingly inadvertently agreed to get all the copyright permissions for the images used in the book. As the images that were not available under an appropriate Creative Commons license were merely screenshots, I thought I would be excused the arduous chore under the banner [...]

The Web of Data – My book is (almost) finished

Whenever people stop blogging for a couple of months, people take it as a sign of the death of blogging, or at least blogging in its traditional format. Unfortunately too often life does get in the way of blogging, but I like to think that my excuse is better that most. As I mentioned many [...]

Social Network Sites – The strength of the weakest of ties

As Granovetter explained in his 1973 article, The Strength of Weak Ties, our weak ties (i.e., our network of acquaintances rather than friends) play an especially important role in the diffusion of information because are acquaintances are more likely to possess new perspectives and knowledge, whereas our friends are more likely to share much of [...]

How open can traditional publishers be?

Last week I gave a talk at an Elsevier corporate customer event in Amsterdam: Web 2.0 and 3.0 in corporate libraries. I was invited along based on the Web 3.0 promises change for libraries paper I had written for Research Information, and jumped at the chance not only for a free trip to Amsterdam (which [...]

Local Public Data

Most of yesterday was spent at a really interesting Local Public Data Workshop in Birmingham. The aim of the day: To generate ideas and understanding about what is needed to drive the local public data initiative at a local level The group was comprised of people from the local councils, and an eclectic selection of [...]

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: a guide for librarians

Two and a half months after I sent off the book proposal, the ink is now drying on the ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ between myself and Facet Publishing: “The publisher of choice for the information professions” and the first one I sent my proposal to. I promise not to be “obscene libellous or defamatory” and they [...]

A Dubious Honour: As many ‘professional’ articles as ‘academic’ articles

Whilst I wasn’t a scholarly undergraduate, there is one particular acetate that sticks in my memory – or rather, one particular acetate for which I had vague recollections that I filled out by emailing the relevant (now retired) professor.  It concerned the classifying of academics according to the quality and quantity of their outputs. If [...]

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Why a Blog?

This blog is for letting people know some of the things I am working on, although it is extremely infrequent. As my writing has expanded from blog posts to professional journal articles, and finally to books, the number of blog posts I write on my various blogs has inevitably tapered off.

Why blog? For me it turned out to be the first step on the road to a book deal!

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