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Alex Ball

Alex Ball
Research Officer

University of Bath

Claverton Down
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383668
Fax: +44 (0) 1225 386256

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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3148-9107

Please see my page for a summary of what I've been doing and what I'm likely to be doing in the near future. It's mainly for my own benefit, but others may find it useful!

For a simple list of the publications, presentations and posters I've been involved in, please see my page.

The use of ICT in the Library and Information sector has always been something that has interested me. This has lead me into various areas, such as the use of online catalogues – single, virtual and union – for interlibrary lending (while I was at SWRLS) and my current area of research in digital curation.

In no particular order:

My biggest hobby is music. At one point I was Grade VIII standard on the flute, and although I'm no pianist I can bash out the odd tune on a keyboard. I mainly sing nowadays, particularly with my local parish church choir and the St George Singers; in times gone by I have sung with the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), the Wykeham Singers (New College, Oxford), Wedmore Opera, and the Somerset County Youth Choir. I was also a founding member of a 3-5 part a cappella group called QuadWranglers (sadly no longer together), for which I contributed about a third of the music we performed – mostly light-hearted material.

Web design is something for which I have developed a morbid fascination, so there's really no excuse for the quality of my own humble Web site. I have now mastered the art of generating a static Web site from PHP/MySQL sources, so I'm not quite as crippled with my bargain basement Web hosting as I was before, but I still dream one day of having a grown-up dynamic site to play with.

I confess to a weakness for "cult TV", from the early shows like The Avengers, The Prisoner and Doctor Who to the more modern ones like Being Human, Misfits and, er, Doctor Who.