I am currently in the midst of overhauling this website to be more of a portfolio in addition to featuring my blog writing (which I am also figuring out how to do more of).
In the meantime, here are some links to things that may be of interest:
- I’ll be speaking at the BCLA Connect 2014 conference in Vancouver on the work of the Vancouver Public Space Network, along with two other volunteers, Jaspal Marwah and Jonathan Bleackley. The event is happening Tuesday, April 1. I’m really looking forward to the conference, which is the annual conference of the BC Library Association. The organizers have done an amazing job at convening varied speakers and crafting an interdisciplinary program involving technology, the public interest and the information experience. I’m ecstatic to get to attend and am very thankful for their invitation to participate. Here is the abstract of our presentation:
Since 2006, the Vancouver Public Space Network has been a volunteer-driven non-profit organization doing advocacy and outreach on issues of public space and the public realm in and around Vancouver. Our interventions and projects have sought to bring the public’s attention and awareness to the wide range of values and uses of public space — from its role in community-building, sustainability and livability, to the unique part it plays in political and social expression. In this session, Jonathan Bleackley, Karen Quinn Fung, and Jaspal Marwah will highlight this diversity with a walkthrough of the VPSN’s activities. From making spaces to share meals, throwing dance parties on public transit, staging a public square design competition and orchestrating mobile phone-powered photo scavenger hunts, to mobilizing volunteers to collaborate on large-scale art installations or collect data on what features make for good public spaces, we hope this session will inspire libraries with simple ways to observe, understand and better connect the people in your communities into an engaging, lively and cherished place.
See what else is planned on the BCLA Connect conference schedule. I’m looking forward to connecting with interesting likeminds there — which I am almost certain, based on my past experiences of the the awesome librarians in m life, I’ll have a fantastic time doing.
Also coming out of my work with the VPSN, my talk at Pecha Kucha Night Richmond 2014 volume 4 from November 2013 is now online on the City of Richmond’s YouTube channel, featuring myself and Celia Chung speaking on the connection of walkability and public space to public transit.
I’m also looking forward to attending Vancouver’s Open Data Day activities, now open for registration. I’m interested in two projects: I’d like to dive in a bit with Open Trip Planner and TransLink GTFS data. My backup project is scraping and parsing City of Vancouver PDFs of meeting agendas and minutes to do keyword watching. For the first project, I’m not sure I’ll have a development environment set-up for doing so, so if this is something you are interested in and can help out with, or if my backup project appeals, please reach out to me (on Twitter or by e-mail, my first name at my domain name.
I’m excited about breathing some life into this blog. A lot of the work so far has been tackling the age-old question of what I can to do to not only blog more, but more intentionally with regards to the things I’m wanting to achieve.