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Questions, questions

My head is full of questions today. On the one hand, I need to get some front end evaluation data on young people and mobile gaming together, in just a month, so I’m composing an online survey about that. On the other hand it is the deadline for Bodiam Castle to submit bespoke questions for the National Trust’s visitor survey, so I need to get my head around what questions to try and persuade them to add. Continue reading →

Bodiam data again

Yesterday, I said that I expected to see a strong negative correlation between “I didn’t learn very much new today” and “I learned about what Bodiam Castle was like in the past.” In fact, when I ran the correlation function in R, it came out at a rather miserly 0.33, much lower than I expected. So I asked R to draw me a scatterplot: And there it is, some correlation, but not as much as I was expecting. Continue reading →

A first look at my Bodiam data

Last week, I had a look at the developing script for the new Bodiam Castle interpretive experience (for want of a better word). It’s all looking very exciting. But what I should have been doing is what I’m doing now, running the responses from the on-site survey I did last year through R, to see what it tells me about the experience with out the new … thing, but also what it tells me about the questions I’m trying out. A bit of a recap first. Continue reading →

Collecting experiential data

Last week I spent a little while at Bodiam Castle, collecting some pre-pilot base-line data on the experience there. This is a continuation of the Ghosts in the Garden research, testing some alternative questions and a different approach. At the Holborne Museum, I used paper surveys. This time, I tried a face-to-face approach. I had been planning on doing it all on paper, but as the date approached, and the weather looked wet, I decided to try a more technological approach. Continue reading →

GigaPan work at Bodiam Castle

Between the 4th and the 24th August I spent some time at Bodiam Castle and the surrounding area completing a geophysical and building survey of the castle and grounds. The work is a collaboration between North Western University, Chicago, USA (Prof Matthew Johnson) and Southampton (Kris Strutt) and has been used as a teaching aid to first, second and third years. I have spent three years working at this wonderful site and I have never taken a single photograph of the castle. Continue reading →