Setting Out

I have been writing about various, thoughts, ideas, work and research in various places over the years.  My interests span many disciplines from history to sociology to software engineering to information science.  I describe my journey as:

I am a historian who became a social scientist who became an information technologist who became a business analyst who found information at the heart of all these things so went back to my first love – archive and information science.

I’ve now decided to start a single blog to write about all these things whether it be academic study or reflective practice stemming from professional experience.  It will be a professional blog about my life’s work; a space to write about my continuing intellectual voyages of discovery from this point.  Previously I was worried about keeping my interests separate and targeted at very different audiences.  Now, in true interdisciplinary fashion, I’m more concerned about keeping them together and exploring bigger pictures.


The blog is organised into three top level sections covering my three main areas of interest.  These are (in order of current priorities):

  • Iddilica: The Art, Science and Ethics of Information Gathering
  • Culturion: Culture, History and Sociology
  • Addylica: Analysis Programming and Design

Themes and topics I’m particularly interested in at the moment are wide ranging and include:


  • Self and Society in the Age of Digital Reproduction
  • Surveillance Society; Expose Culture: What do we Mean by Privacy in the Internet Age?
  • Information and the Practice of History:
    • The Right to Know and the Right to Forget (ECJ C-131/12)
  • Freedom of Information and Freedom of Speech
  • The Ideal of the Commons
    • Data. Commons
  • Research Data Management
  • Data Science for the Social Sciences
  • Digital Curation and Preservation
  • Data and Metadata
  • A Social History of Innovation
  • Cartographers of the Digital Age
  • Quantified Self
  • The Evolution of the Internet/Web
    • Web 1.0 Searching *The Internet of Documents*
    • Web 2.0 Social *The Internet of People*
    • Web 2.5 Spatial *The Internet of Places*
    • Web 3.0 Sensing *The Internet of Things*


  • Me, Myself and Everyone: Identity Curation in the Networked Society
  • The Sensing Web: The Emerging Significance of the Internet of Things
  • The Sensing Web: The Curation and Preservation Challenge of Big Data
  • Realising the Memex: Linked Data, Associative Indexing and Digital Information Management
  • From Liked to Linked: Assessing the Emergence of Web 3.0
  • One Web (Connected Knowledge for People and Machines): The Implications for Catalogues and Cataloguing
  • Web 3.0: Mapping the Shift from Document Thinking to Data Thinking and the Significance for Libraries and Information Centres
  • Wayfinding the Digital Commons: Link Curation and Connected Knowledge
  • Authenticity and Continuity in the Age of Digital Reproduction
  • The Shelfie and the Patron Record: Protecting and Sharing Identity via Reading Patterns
  • The Privacy Paradox: Surveillance Society; Expose Culture and the Disciplinary Power of Identity Construction
  • Architecture and Usability of Academic Discovery Systems
  • Open Access: Authentication and Authorisation Barriers Accessing Resources
  • Shift to Full Lifecycle Research Data Management (Data + Pub)
  • Bibliographic Data as Linked Data
  • Understanding the Implications of ECJ C-131/12 for Archiving, Cataloguing and Information Seeking
  • Architecture and Usability of Academic Discovery Systems
  • Open Access: Authentication and Authorisation Barriers Accessing Resources
  • Navigating Library Ecosystems

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