Me, pointing

Am in Newcastle at Thinking Digital today and tomorrow (thanks RIG) hoping to see Tara Shears from CERN / Large Hadron Collider, and Dan Lyons (should be fun) and a heap of others mostly drawn from the non-web.  I’m hoping to meet a few ‘doers’ too.  There are enough talkers on the conference circuit.  Shame… Read more

Images and words

Here is a talk I gave the other day to some business folks which kinda distils a lot of the things I find interesting around some key themes.  It’s called “web futures: consumer behaviours and business opportunities”. Be nice to get your thoughts on it.  


Kettles seem to be (becoming) a standard measure for power consumption don’t they? It’s like anthropomorphism only instead of objects taking on human traits we have intangible stuff like electricity taking on the form and activity of objects. Objectifimorphism?

Proximity Fuze

I listened to a programme on the excellent Analysis strand on Radio 4 on the 15th March.  It was narrated by Stephen Fry and it concerned the issue of whether the web is bad for us, you know, whether it’s making us dumber, negating the need to endure pre-digital learning processes.  That kind of… Read more


This post is undertaken for the Ada Lovelace Pledge. I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of brilliant women in technology.  Mostly those I met at the BBC including Paula La Dieu, Alice Taylor, Anne Fairbrother, Priya Prakash and Anno Mitchell and those I only met fleetingly but who’s reputation and work was well… Read more

Cape Town Coffee Time?

Does anyone fancy meeting for a coffee in Cape Town?  Don’t come especially, but if you happen to be in the area then email me (james dot boardwell at gmail dot com) and let’s meet… I’m here until the evening of the 13th… image by DanieVDM

iPlayer: search resolution

My kids watch a lot of content through the iPlayer and one of the things that I’ve noticed is they use Google to search iplayer: Google is their default way in to web content.  Fine. However, Google returns urls for programmes that are beyond the 7 day window, whereas searching from iPlayer itself brings back… Read more


This post kinda came out of a presentation I gave at bathcamp and the previous post on The Cost of Knowledge.  That presentation was about how the domain of formal knowledge as presented by academic publications was needlessly costing us as taxpayers millions of pounds a year *and* yet still kept this ‘knowledge’ under copyright… Read more

The cost of knowledge

There has been lots written about knowledge in recent times. How the interenet has made knowledge ‘open’ and how social media is enabling enterprises and individuals to share information cost effectively, reducing the trasncation cost of communicating and socialising to really low levels. And we’ve had the eLearning industry come and (nearly, hopefully, go) and… Read more