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Postgrad course on conceptual modelling for cultural heritage, 2012 edition

Last year we launched a postgrad course on conceptual modelling for cultural heritage at Incipit. It was a great success, so we decided to run it again this year with extended contents. Actually, we are offering an introductory module plus an advanced one, which can be done as separate courses or as a whole.

Like last year, we will be using ConML as a foundation and, also like last year, Charlotte Hug will be helping us a lot!

More information, here (in Spanish).

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Incipit group on LinkedIn

We have created a LinkedIn group for Incipit. Feel free to join if you are interested in keeping up to date about events and ennouncements related to Incipit, or if you would like to discuss about cultural heritage research issues.

LaPa is dead, long live Incipit

I don’t discuss this often in here, but I used to work for The Heritage Laboratory (LaPa), a medium-sized research lab in Santiago de Compostela that was part of a larger institute that, in turn, belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Yes, that is right, I used to. As of today, The Heritage Laboratory exists no more.

The good news is that The Heritage Laboratory has been transformed into a full-fledged institute with its own identity. We have outgrown ourselves out of being a lab within an institute, and we have become one. We are now the Institute of Heritage Sciences, usually abbreviated as Incipit.

This is a time of fast and exciting change with lots of opportunities. If you are interested in knowing more, visit our web site on www.incipit.csic.es or drop me an email anytime.

Enjoy!

Don’t trust what you read

Here at CSIC Galicia we have a very good media person, and my colleague Cristina Sanchez-Carretero and I, who have recently joined the Heritage Lab in Santiago de Compostela as staff researchers, are getting lots of press coverage lately. Well, not lots, but definitely a lot more than what I am used to. In the last few weeks I have been interviewed a few times and I have appeared in a number of local and regional newspapers.

Usually, I like media. Or, rather, I like the work they do. I appreciate their role in society and I understand that they are necessary elements that help us researchers spread the word of what we do to non-technical people. We need them; without them, we would be forever isolated in our lonely ivory towers.

However, sometimes they fail miserably. Last monday, the local paper De Luns a Venres included an interview with me based on a phone conversation that a journalist from that paper and I had held a few days back. I wasn’t sure when my interview would be published, and when that Monday I opened the paper on the bus on my way to work and saw my own face staring at me with that haunted look, I could not help but anticipate that something was wrong. I read through and yes, there it was. The answers to some of the questions that I get asked in the interview are totally or partially made up. Yes, that’s what I mean: I didn’t answer what you can read on the paper.

In some cases, they “extended” what I really answered on the phone with some adornments. Maybe they felt my answer was too terse or bland for their audience. In some other cases, the answer I gave is just not there, and an alternative, totally unrelated answer takes its place.

I couldn’t believe the lack of professionalism exhibited by this paper. This is a brief interview and I am not talking about anything important; it’s just a few personal things and a very, very abstract description of what I do at work. Still, making up interview answers is appalling.

So, don’t trust what you read. Not everything, anyway.

NEH is obviously in stand-by mode

Silly thing to say, but this blog is evidently in stand-by mode. I haven’t posted a line for a long time.

Why? Well. I quit my disastrous job in Bilbao and moved back to Santiago. I have a new job now, as a researcher with CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council. I am changing my area of research, changing my routine and changing my future (I hope!).

The last 12 months have been glorious. Our lives have improved amazingly, and we are again as happy as we used to be years ago. This is in sheer contrast with the previous 12 months, which were yuk.

Oh well. Such is life, as Ned Kelly used to say.

I don’t think I will post here often. But I might take it up again once I start at my new job (in a few weeks) and tell you about new stuff. If I do, please come back and read. If I don’t, well… many thanks for reading me all these years.

I did it

I’m just back from Madrid where I received excellent grades from the panel that assessed my CV and research proposal for a permanent, full-time, research-only position with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I will begin at my new position shortly, focusing on the application of information technologies to the management of and research on cultural heritage.


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