Reading Week Recap

Not DITA per se but lots of interesting things happened this week that I felt had to be noted.

BRITISH LIBRARY VISIT

On Tuesday I went to the British Library with Fengchun. We visited the Treasures of the British Library Exhibition first where I learnt a lot about printing in various countries at different eras which was very interesting. I am also incredibly in love with the amount of detail that goes into the writing and typography of these documents and how they’re still very well preserved despite their age, especially the Qur’ans!! I love seeing the different texts from different countries and how they chose to layout their content, from the old English bibles to the long folded stories of Vietnam. It was a worthwhile exhibition and I would go again just to ogle at them all again!!

Gothic Imagination Exhibition was amazing, I would also go to that again if I could (I am only disappointed there wasn’t more information on werewolves).  I couldn’t get enough of the detail in Fuseli’s artwork, especially his Hamlet piece. I think the most interesting part was hanging around the Frankenstein part of the exhibition where you see a lot of people commenting on why Mary Shelley chose to keep her name anonymous. I overheard some people pointing out how John William (1819) was mentioned before Mary Shelley (1818) and was questioning whether it was a subconscious decision to arrange it male before female rather than chronologically. I found this interesting to note especially because there are visitors who are conscious of this fact. How much of history is structured by stereotypes or subconscious associations?

I liked to watch the progression of gothic literature from its beginnings where it seems mostly supernatural and where setting played a huge role to people admiring monsters and exploring the monster itself in more depth. I personally find the most chilling stories are those where the monster is the human itself such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Tell-Tale Heart.

I may go again at a later date to record more information as I wasn’t able to this time.

KO GOES MOBILE

Attended the KO Goes Mobile event on Wednesday about Knowledge Management and Mobile Technology. Lots of great talks that I’ve enjoyed and will summarise each of them. Time passed by so quickly and I could only lament the fact that I wasn’t able to stay for the last talk!!

 Organising Information For Use on the Touchpad – A person from Touchpress Ltd came to talk about the power of iPad apps in providing information for the public. He showed us how they are essentially interactive books that can help with learning especially for people who find it difficult to grasp certain concepts (Such as the Molecules book where kids can visualise the bonds and how they move and change). I think this is an amazing tool that would be incredibly beneficial for education and I wonder how would we be able to introduce iPads or apps on tablets to schools to help with students’ learning (How can we introduce them into libraries?)

Digirati – This talked about web publishing and how to make it accessible on mobile devices. What I took from it was the question whether it is necessary to optimise all web content for mobile devices. I’ve realised it may not always be the case and even if people do want to access it, they do not need an optimal format when rushed or will prefer to use bigger devices that can view the content better.

Bring your own…Everything! – By far my favourite talk, it was about how using mobile technology can improve productivity in organisations and I admired Sharon Richardson incredibly for her work. She makes points such as how simplicity of devices may be preferable over features as it is easier to teach, learn and share. Mobile devices help connect people and make them more efficient with making decisions due to notifications, which allows people to respond as soon as they see the alert. It may even lead to the restructure of workspaces to be places where people can interact with one another and hold more meetings as well as train staff to know how to filter and prioritise work. I think a lot  can be taken out of this talk on how organisations can be restructured to accomodate mobile technology and encourage people to be more willing to use technology, interact and share which are important traits to have in employees.

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