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Al Selvin – Memories & Tributes

Words can only say a bit of what Al’s loss means, but a version of what I said at his memorial service is on the website. POSTED TODAY TO THE COMPENDIUM INSTITUTE COMMUNITY FORUM. Dear Compendium Community and other colleagues, Al Selvin, one of Compendium’s inventors and leaders, passed away suddenly due to heart failure […]

Making Representations Matter: Al Selvin PhD

In an earlier post on Knowledge Art, a term coined by friend and colleague Al Selvin, I opened with this question: What does it mean to be literate in crafting representations that help a group make sense of the world? Arguably, this is a literacy of first order importance as we confront novel challenges of […]

ICQE2020 keynote: QE Visualizations as tools for thinking

We just wrapped up the 2nd International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography (open access proceedings from Springer), postponed from October due to the pandemic, in the hope that we might all yet meet up in February — alas it was not to be. However, the organisers did a really great job designing the program with a lot of informal […]

Compendium Archive & Network 2021

CONTEXT… Those of you who know my R&D will know that I have a long-standing interest in the role that software can play in human sensemaking around wicked problems, a form of “augmenting human intellect” (Doug Engelbart). A powerful example is structured, visual hypermedia that makes tangible the ways that ideas, data and arguments connect with each other and documents. This […]

2 tools to help PhD students make their thinking visible

In this post, I share two ways to map your thinking, at different scales (rather like geographical maps)… CQOCE Diagrams (or “Thesis Maps”) One of the challenges that most/all PhD students have is to make their thinking visible — to themselves, to their supervisors, and to other researchers. There are so many potential ideas to weave into a […]

The craft + tech of structuring participatory deliberation

As a Fellow of the RSA I’m happy to draw attention to the important new series of webinars just launched, on the critical role that effective, participatory deliberation has to play in resolving complex challenges, even apparently intractable dilemmas — at many different scales, from an organisation, to a local community, city, regional or even […]

PhD Scholarship: Teamwork Analytics for Evidence-Based Reasoning

Announcing a 3 year scholarship, AUD$35,000/year, starting July 2020 Teamwork Analytics for Evidence-Based Reasoning Supervision Team Simon Buckingham Shum (UTS:CIC) and Tim van Gelder (U. Melbourne) This project is a collaboration between UTS:CIC and the University of Melbourne SWARM Project. The successful candidate will be based in Sydney, also spending time in Melbourne. Visit the CIC PhD […]