About

I'm John Kirriemuir and originally hail from a farm in Worcestershire, England. Since 1976 I've been a video game player.

My academic background is in digital information systems, leading to a younger research career in several digital library services, including UKOLN and the ILRT.

In May 2001, after one too many "meeting about meetings" in academia, I went self-employed so I could, well, get more stuff done. Rather than spend much of my adult life in meetings.

Some of that "stuff" over the next few years was research for academic, governmental and commercial clients concerning the use of digital games and worlds in education. Associated activities included assessing and marking digital gaming and virtual world research funding bids for several UK and EU funding bodies, tracking virtual world use in UK universities and colleges, and presenting to academic, public and business audiences on digital game and world uses in education.

Other work since May 2001 included website analysis and specification for businesses on Scottish islands, research on technology uses in rural Scotland, and presentations on digital information services.

After a break to contemplate The Meaning of Life (turned out to be "Marry the one who buys you cheese"), as of late March 2014 I'm back doing various activities concerning the uses of digital games in education. These are the things I do.

Outside interests include public library advocacy, research funding distribution, rare varieties of apples, sampling American cuisine, watching cricket (in England) and baseball (in the USA), and the cognitive mechanisms behind 'playing' and 'learning'.

I'm on email. john (@) silversprite.com should do it. I'll usually respond to non-spam emails in a day or two.

Relevant presence elsewhere online

I'm not really into creating a presence on every single social media system around, any more. A few places where I'm "at"...

  1. I do the Twitter thingie, and you'll find profound tweets of (very short) wisdom at Geoshore.
  2. There's a profile on Linked-In, mainly because lots of other people do. I'm never happy with it.
  3. There's some legacy presentations on Slideshare.