Tim is a world-renowned specialist in the application of technology in the field of market and opinion research and is probably the most widely-published writer in the field. His roots are in data analysis, programming, training and technical writing. These days, as principal at meaning he works with researchers, users of research data and technology providers around the globe, as an independent advisor. He is quite passionate about improving the research process and empowering people through better use of technology.

A nice piece of synergy dropped into place today. I was at the MRS to talk with the research magazine team including Marc Brenner, who is editor on research. We are working on something jointly between research and meaning, which we will be announcing in a month or so’s time, I hope. As it happens, research has embarked on a major redesign and relaunch of the research-live website, with a lot of web-specific content and new Web CMS at the back of it(not WordPress – something rather more elaborate and expensive). One element of the new site will five featured blogs – and Marc has asked to syndicate my blog as one of the featured blogs when the research site relaunches mid-June. Well, at least that will ensure that I do it with some regularity…

So to the rationale behind the blog and the site redesign. Our aim is to make the experience of visiting the meaning website more dynamic and more of a two-way communication. The blog is central to that. We will add the news stories we have been doing for some time into the blog stream, and allow visitor to comment on them. And of course, I am keen to get feedback on the pieces that I write too. All you need to do is register on the site, and we will take it from there.

You will have observed that the blog does not not start with this article, or its precedessor. What we have done is republished previous news stories from the old site into the blog stream here, and I have also added in some of the more recent think-pieces I had written which are also quite blog-like. I hope you like the approach, and I also hope you will feel free to make a comment if you have anything you think we at meaning or other readers might find interesting.

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