Monthly Archives: November 2017

Web-Scraping for Social Research: A Tutorial

Scraping, to state this quite formally, is a prominent technique for the automated collection of online data” (Marres and Weltevrede, 2013) As online databases become increasingly ubiquitous and critical to infrastructure and basic services, there has been a push back by researchers and activists attempting, in the first place, to make these databases more transparent […]

‘Dross Evolution’ visiting Maynooth campus this week

Factories all over Ireland throw away huge amounts of perfectly re-usable waste from the factory floor. Dross Evolution (a group of group of nationally- and internationally-recognized Irish artists) work to keep these sorts of materials out of our landfill sites by using them to create a wide variety of quality Art and Design products. They have […]

A climate terrorist’s take on wind farms

I sometimes go for a charge (i.e. a walk, a ramble) over some hills in the south of Glasgow. The view can be spectacular. The city of Glasgow to the north, the Firth of Clyde to the west. But the grandest feature of all (ha, take that Ben Lomond) is Whitelee wind farm. There are […]

Citations, references, exhaustion

I don’t exactly dream of a day when all academic outlets agree on one referencing format, but I certainly wish we might get there. I know there are academics who use referencing software – you well-organized (smug?) types – who probably find immense (geeky?) pleasure in quickly putting together a bibliography or tweaking citations. But […]