Thursday, July 31, 2003

I gave two talks at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) on Tuesday, one on collaborating with design and industry, and one on blogging. This was part of their Summer Doctoral Program, in which students from all over the world who are doing internet research, and who hail from a huge range of disciplines, come together for just over 2 weeks to share the results of their own work and to hear talks by people working in relevant fields. They're a very good, very lively bunch, with a fascinating range of interests. I like very much the model of placing focus on a topic (e.g. the internet and doing research on it) which both invites diverse disciplinary involvement and at the same time obviates some of the more obstructive (perceived) differences between those disciplines.