Bleugh! After an amazing time at #EMFcamp, I succumbed to the post-festival lurgy. So this week is mostly brought to you by Vick Vapour Rub and Kleenex 🤧 🤧 🤧
I was honoured to be asked to visit the National Archives in Kew to talk about AI strategy. The whole event was streamed and you can jump to my bit at 5 hours, 5 minutes.
— TNA Media Officer (@TNAmediaofficer) September 4, 2018
— Susan Corrigall (@SueCorrigall) September 4, 2018
— Terence Eden (@edent) September 4, 2018
Not strictly my job, but I got roped into a very depressing conversation about accessibility. Websites have to be accessible - that's literally the law - so it's upsetting to speak to people in other departments who just don't get it.
- "Surely that doesn't apply to us?" - yes, yes it does.
- "We don't have the time for this!" - tough.
- "Do blind people even use our website?" - OMG!
ARGH! I think we mostly convinced them that accessibility is a priority, but I'm sad that we're still running up against objections.
What books I've read this week. Affiliate links ahead.
- Stranger Things Happen - Kelly Link
- A bizarre and inventive series of short stories. Each one of which I'd've happily read as a novel. Perfect mix of Gaiman and Lovecraft. I picked this up in a Humble Bundle years ago - and I wish I'd read it sooner.
- Secrets Of The National Archives - Richard Taylor
- A gift from the TNA, and one of my few "paper" books" It's a fine ramble through some of the fascinating documents. Like being given a behind the scenes tour of the archive, fully of fun little nuggets. I'd love an ebook version so I could zoom into the lush images.
- Revolution in the Age of Social Media. The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet - Linda Herrera
- Starts off weakly, assuming the reader is familiar with the then current situation in Egypt - but it quickly improves. I knew shamefully little about Egypt's recent history. This is as much a book about marketing, branding, and state sponsored intervention as it is about social media. A vital read.