This is my last post on the 2013 Joint Sessions. Promise.
Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013 at the University of Mainz
The Department of Political Science at the University of Mainz is hosting the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops in March 2013. The local website is here: Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013 local website.
Other deliveries include 300 metres of power cord and several and hundreds of kilos of books. While I always knew that running this show involves a lot of stuff, actually seeing all of it squeezed into one room is disconcerting and strangely exhilarating at the same time.
Thankfully, we could take delivery of 700 programme brochures today.
In other news, we found a gallery of rather good panoramic pictures of Mainz on the local newspaper’s site. My favourite is the one of the weather vane on the cathedral. The fact that no one could be bothered to put the camera above the scaffolding adds a touch of charming amateurism.
In other news, it was a beautiful bright and sunny day in Mainz (more webcams here). We hope the weather stays this fine. If not, there is always that workshop on climate change 2.0.
For twenty years, the Political Data Yearbook was published as an addendum to the ECPR’s flagship journal EJPR. Last December, it became even better with the creation of the Political Data Yearbook Interactive, a website full of flashy and, well, interactive graphs. While they are nice to play with, for me the real game changer are the download links: Everything on screen and some more is freely available as CSV/XLSX, ready to be imported into Python, R, Stata, or whatever might be your favourite tool for data mangling. No more hours keying in things data already were digital before they ended up on the page in front of you.
I wondered briefly if this is sustainable, then realised that Wiley is not going to lose any subscriptions to the EJPR because of the data base. Quite to the contrary: People will love this, gaining Wiley some open data kudos and almost free PR. I’m sure, someone, somewhere even uttered the dread word “win-win”.
To celebrate the launch of the Political Data Yearbook Interactive, Wiley is kindly sponsoring a reception at the upcoming ECPR Joint Sessions 2013 at the university of Mainz. Since my extremely capable people are in charge of the catering (handcrafted bubbly – locally sourced, obviously), this is going to be splendid. If you are attending the conference (or just happen to be in the sector), don’t miss it. Thanks to these new-fangled social media things, you can even register your intention to participate.
Have we done enough? Not nearly, but we hope it’s a start.