Thing 16: OneNote

As a student, I use OneNote all the time. It is by far the easiest office package to make quick notes on, and I also like being able to keep all of my notes in one place. Furthermore, its automatic saving and it being online is a huge bonus- I don’t need to worry about loosing my work and I can access it from any computer (provided I am connected to the internet). Though there are multiple features (address book, to-do list, ideas) I find that it is primarily helpful just to take notes- a digital ring binder. Perhaps later on in life I will make use of its full range of functions but for now it works well for me as I am currently using it.

Thing 15: Tumblr

I searched Edinburgh into Tumblr to see what came up. Though I see Edinburgh everyday, there were so many pictures that I saw which I had never seen the real life version of- for example a photograph by Lives Unique of a very old looking library that claims to be at Edinburgh University- complete with small lamps on the tables and two stories of old books. I have never seen this library before in my life although if it really is a library at the University I would love to go there. I thought it was interesting how Tumblr represents Edinburgh in a light which I have never or rarely seen it in- a quiet town trapped in the past.


Thing 12: OERs

For Thing 12 I had a look at the Edinburgh Open Educational Resources (OERs) and selected one that I thought looked particularly interesting. On the site it said that this OER was a work in progress, however they also listed dozens of stories from different major world religions. I had never heard of OERs today, however they seem like a good way to learn interesting new things.

Thing 14: Audio

I have always really liked podcasts and so I therefore enjoyed thing 14 a lot, particularly as it provided a list of the ‘best podcasts’. For me, podcasts are a very good way of learning about the world. I often find it hard to concentrate on reading for an extended period of time (I am sure I am not alone in this), so listening to a podcast is a very good way of absorbing information… also podcasts mean I can learn while walking places, or doing chores. It seems like a much simpler way of learning. I even used podcasts to gain background knowledge on my dissertation topic. I also like them for a casual bit of background noise- just people having a funny conversation to have on while I am idly getting on with things is very reassuring.

I had a listen to one of the podcasts suggested in the Guardian article ‘The Appliance of Science’ about scientific inventions. This is a very good example of being able to learn about something I would not have usually have known about though just listening. It was very interesting and very entertaining, but had it been written down, I would have probably not read it.

Thing 13: Video

I chose YouTube as my platform, as I have used all three platforms before and like YouTube the best, and (again) stuck to anthropology as my area of interest. I chose the first result, a video called ‘An introduction to Anthropology’, which went over the basics of ‘what is anthropology and why should we study it’. I already know how to use YouTube, meaning that I did not learn a huge amount, (you can make a playlist with this video, and also there is a section that allows for subtitles/ translations/ transcripts/ bigger screen) apart from about YouTube’s copyright. This video was copyrighted under a standard YouTube license, meaning that the owner/ producer retains their copyright and other users get to reuse their work subject to the terms of the licence. Although I was vaguely aware of the fact that there are licensing laws on YouTube I had never actually looked for them. Turns out they are very clearly located in the description.

Thing 11: Copyright

I searched ‘Anthropology’ in Google Images from Creative Commons and identified two photographs which could be used for a presentation about Social Anthropology. The first one was a photo of ‘Andean Weaving’ from the museum of UBC in Vancouver, Canada. The second photo was of three Cheyenne Native Americans sitting in a tepee- this photograph was taken for the 1904 world’s fair.

The Andean weaving is licensed under the the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. This means you are free to share and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the work to the author, and also redistribute any changed work under the same licence as the original work. This surprised me as it is a photograph from a museum which is in the public domain

The Cheyenne photograph is copyright of the United States as it was taken before 1923, and so therefore is US copyright by default. This photograph can be used free of charge and without seeking permission. Again, this surprised me as there are real people in this photograph, so I would have imagined that their families had copyright.


Thing 10: Wikimedia

I decided not to create a Wikipedia/ Wikimedia account as an editor and instead opted to look at Wikimedia’s range of open knowledge projects. The things that surprised me were 1) the fact that Wikipedia is part of a wider network ‘Wikimedia’ (I had always thought that Wikipedia stood alone as a website), and 2) the volume of Wikimedia projects. There was even a project to create new Wikis ‘Wikimedia Incubator’! I think the diversity of these projects interested me the most- for example on one hand there is a project called Wikidata, which allows humans and (computers!) to read and edit data, and is licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 License, which means that it allows third party users to readily use the data available (I am not entirely sure how this differs from other Wikimedia projects but apparently none of the other ones have this license). On the other hand there is a project called Wikiquote, which is just quotations taken from books, films, and famous people –¬†As of November 2016, there are over 183,000 entries in 89 Wikiquote language projects, with 10 Wikiquote languages over 5,000 entries. Through Thing 10 I was able to see the vast scope of the Wikimedia projects