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Grey literature


I was thinking of taking an online class on Grey Literature. What is Grey Literature, you ask?

By definition, grey literature are materials published by organizations whose purpose is not publishing. So, they constitute a great bulk of information that is hardly accessible, yet entirely pertinent to particular areas of research. Think of government reports that are not published consistently, manuscripts from defunct organizations, laboratory reports, trade unions, trusts, universities; these all encapsulate grey literature. As such, since it is so particular, it tends to be highly relevant to particular forms of research. To rely solely on academically published materials (articles, journals) is silly for a researcher who wants to research particular studies that never fit into an article narrative.

So, there you are. Librarians froth at the bit at this type of stuff. The image was taken from a feasibility study on mobility scooters on public transport. The full report can be found here, if you want to know if scooters are feasible. I am not sure this link will see the most action, but in the interest of full disclosure….

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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