A-Z of LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Glossary

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In this Glossary denotes a cross-reference to another Entry.

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Located towards the top of each display. Clicking on a character in the sequence provides an alphanumerically ordered list of Subject Categories* followed by one of Records* whose Organization Titles* start with that character.

Address

See Venue*

Advanced Search

Allows one to search for data in certain defined Fields* of each Directory Record* - either singly or in combination. Such a search can be across the whole Directory; or it can just be within a specific section of the Subject Categories*. If you restrict your search to a specific Subject Category section, you should retrieve items classified with that Category as well as those classified with any of its Sub-Categories. Thus, for instance, specifying 'Science, Technology & Medicine' will retrieve also items classified with 'Chemistry', 'Ornithology Clubs & Societies', 'The Medical Sciences', and so on and so forth. Naturally, if you just want Records of Organizations within such a more specific discipline, then enter its subject category name rather than the name of the broader category.

In the Advanced Search 'free text' Fields, your search string can be any number of characters in length, even just one.

In general, make sure that you set the Advanced Search either to return results if all of the search elements are present in a Record (this is equivalent to Boolean 'And', and is the default); or to return results if any of the search elements are present in a Record (which is equivalent to Boolean 'Or'): i.e. be careful to note the setting of the toggle at the top of the form.

All Are Welcome

Normally, Organizations will only be referenced in the Directory if all are welcome at their Events: i.e. before attending (or listening online to) a lecture or talk, you do not have to be a certain age, sex, or ethnicity; or have a particular qualification or a specific expertise; or be officially enrolled on a course of study; or be able to undertake some challenging activity or pursuit; or commit yourself to a certain belief or philosophy; and so on and so forth - though of course some such might well be an outcome of your attendance at the talk or lecture. If you are required to be a 'Member' of an Organization in order to engage with its lectures and talks, such Membership is in principle 'open to all'. See also Exclusions* and Inclusions*.

Also Indexed

Used, for instance, for parent bodies of the Organization whose Record* this is. Also for historical and alternative Organization Titles*, subsidiary or cognate bodies not given separate entries in the Directory*, etc.

Directory

This is the core of Open Lectures and Talks and consists of a collection of Records*, each single Record giving details pertaining to a single Organization*, and including within the Record information about its lectures/talks programme, and occasionally about the Organization itself.

Directory Statistics

Calculated automatically by the software; displayed at the top of the left-hand column of each screen.

Exclusions

From the Glossary entry All Are Welcome*, you should be able to infer the types of bodies which will automatically be excluded from the Directory because "all are NOT welcome" at their events. Beyond that, I have tended to exclude organizations which have the following characteristics (even though for many "all" might indeed be welcome to attend the lectures/talks they offer). These are organizations:

* Whose meetings presuppose some positive involvement by the participants, a significant degree of interactivity, practical work, positive commitment: e.g. art societies, magician groups, meditation sessions, training workshops; also many events organized by campaigning, political, religious, and similar bodies. I have tried to ask myself: Would one be able to attend the advertised 'lecture' or 'talk' and, as it were, sit at the back, unnoticed and untroubled?

* Which offer events where the spoken word cannot really be considered a 'lecture' or a 'talk': e.g. church sermons, masterclasses, (many) poetry readings, performance groups, press conferences, recorded music society meetings, storytelling sessions;

* Which organize conferences, meetings, workshops and similar events extending over several hours or days, and where one has to book for the whole, and cannot just attend individual lectures and talks;

* Who only list 'seminars' within their event programmes, especially where these are taking place in academic institutions (and note that although such seminars will frequently be annotated "Open to all" or some such, what is frequently meant is "Open to all members of the university or college which is the parent body of the Department/School/Centre/Institute etc. sponsoring the seminar");

* Where the events programme comprises field trips, guided tours, site visits, etc. where any 'talk' or 'lecture' mentioned is likely to be a very minor part of the whole;

* Whose meetings take place in "Members' Homes";

* Which offer events directed primarily at children and young people;

* When the cost of attending their events is substantial (either upfront, or at the time, or both).

Explore Lectures and Talks in the UK

Each Record is cross-referenced to the most precise geographical part of the UK relevant to its Entity’s prime field of operation. (Entities which do not have a precise field of operation are simply tagged ‘UK’’.) The geographical parts chosen are arranged in a hierarchy. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are divided into the official administrative areas currently used by the governments in each country, with the areas gathered together into self-made ‘regions’ so as to map what I do with England. For a few of these (non-English) areas I have further sub-divided into ‘Localities’ (e.g. ‘St Andrews’ within ‘Fife’); but the majority become the reference point for the Field Nearby as well as the Field Area. In contrast, for England, not only have I divided the Country into the nine ‘Regions’ still occasionally used for various purposes. I have also then allocated to each Region its ‘Counties’. Many of these Counties will indeed be current Unitary Authorities, but they also include Metropolitan Areas such as Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear. (I have also invented ‘Greater Birmingham’.) However, a few of the designations here are now only of historical relevance, but they still seem most appropriate for a venture of this kind (e.g. Avon, Berkshire). London has been sub-divided into five parts characterized in some strategic studies of the capital. These are the English Areas. Then, apart from Isles of Man and Wight, the Areas within England are divided into their own ‘Localities’, the reference points here for Nearby. Inevitably, given the complex current and historical use of local, area, and regional names for parts of the UK, there is no perfect way to divide up the Kingdom, and one just has to make compromises ...

Field

The different parts of each Record*

Gazetteer of British Place Names

"The Gazetteer provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain [but not NORTHERN IRELAND], containing over 50,000 entries. It lists the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies." An excellent facility.

SEE http://www.gazetteer.co.uk/

Inclusions

Although sometimes not strictly (accompanied by) a 'lecture' or 'talk', I have tended to include Organizations* which offer (open to the public): book launches and signings; conversations; debates; discussions; panels; readings. See also All Are Welcome*, and cf Exclusions*.

New!

The Organization Titles* of Records* newly added to the Directory* in the previous 14 days have this annotation. A list of 100 'New' Records can be retrieved by clicking IN MORE DETAIL ... at the foot of the column New Listings. The Titles appear roughly in reverse chronological order (i.e. the latest added first).

Online Lectures & Talks

Field* which when present indicates that the Organization was projecting at Review* forthcoming live lectures and talks which would be able to be viewed remotely online (using Zoom and similar computer applications). NOTE that I have indeed tried to restrict such an annotation to lectures and talks that will be accessible whilst being delivered 'live' (rather than as recordings). The arrangements for viewing such 'live' lectures/talks vary significantly. At one extreme, there will be provided a Link which - at the relevant time - will take you directly to the 'live' lecture/talk. At the other extreme, the 'live' lectures/talks will only be accessible to registered Members of the provider Organization.  In between are organizations which, for instance, require you to register your intention to view the lecture/talk of interest ahead of its transmission without becoming a Member.

 

Open Lectures & Talks

Four important points:

* First, 'Open' is not necessarily 'Free of Charge': indeed, for the majority of the Organizations listed, if you intend attending their meetings regularly, they expect you to become a Member, paying an Annual Subscription; for many others, there will be a charge for each lecture or talk - either up-front, or at the door. However, as noted under Exclusions*, I do not list Organizations whose charges are relatively large, or seem to be, given the type of events on offer.

* Second, the norm is for me to 'copy and paste' from the Organization Website* a very short piece of text indicating what is on offer. But sometimes I go a little further, reproducing something more extended that I found interesting, or well expressed, or occasionally that just amused me! Obviously, whatever is copied will not in any sense be a comprehensive description of what you might find if you decide to engage with the Organization. But I trust it will be sufficient to whet your appetite (or not, as the case might be ...).

* Third, lots of the Organizations referenced do not offer lectures/talks throughout the whole year: a substantial proportion engage in outdoors activities during the 'Summer', and only have a relevant programme of activities during the 'Winter'; or they may be academic bodies just scheduling events during term time; or the series of lectures or talks referenced may only run for a few weeks or months; and so forth. Frequently, you will only discover such by clicking through to the details on the Website, because the piece of text I have reproduced will not make that explicit.

* Fourth, especially with the larger or more complex organizations, I have often chosen to highlight just one maybe quite small facet of their overall programme of lectures/talks. The relevant Website will then reveal other offerings which might well be more pertinent to your interests than the offering I have chosen.

Open To All

See All Are Welcome*

Organization Description

Where a Description is provided - and there is frequently no description for Organizations which operate following a standard pattern - the text is always 'cut and pasted' from the Organization Website*: it appears at the foot of the 'Full' Record*, above the Map* (if there is a map). Inevitably this will only be a partial portrait. But by reproducing what the body says about itself, rather than making up my own text, I have tried to avoid making a judgement on the relative value of the Organization in the world at large. My choice of text nevertheless is bound to be subjective, reflecting what I find to be of interest and importance; and this might well not be what you would have chosen to highlight about the Organization.

Organization Title

I have tried always to use the Title as it appears on the Organization Website*. Where a Named Lecture (series) is the only Organizational offering cited in the Directory*, I will usually use the title of the Lecture (series) itself as the 'Organization Title': e.g. (The) Reith Lectures, citing the parent organization (BBC) in the Field Also Indexed*. (In other cases, the 'Name' of the Lecture (series) will appear in the Field Named Lectures & Talks*.)

Where branches or subsections of an Organization are given separate entries in the Directory, the norm is for me to reproduce the Title of Parent Organization and after a dash ( - ) give the name of the Branch.

Recently Added Listings

The system provides a list of the latest 100 Records* added to the Directory*, each such Record annotated 'New!' against its Organization Title*. The section 'Organizations recently added to the Directory', found in the left-hand column, lists the very latest 25 additions, with - for each entry - its (hyperlinked) Subject Category* underneath. You can see all 100 recent additions by clicking >>> 100 Recent Additions at the foot of the 25 entries.

Record

The collection of Fields* of data captured for each Organization* in the Directory*. After clicking a Subject Category* heading or carrying out a Search*, the system displays a set of 'Brief' Records, sorted and displayed alphanumerically by Organization Title*. Clicking the Title of a 'Brief' Record displays its 'Full' Record. In comparison with its 'Brief' Record a 'Full' Record will contain additional information in the Fields* Type of Body*, URL was last checked* as well as the custom-made Map* (unless there is no Map because events are held in Various Places*). Optionally, there might also be information in the Fields: Navigate Website*; Organization Description*; Some more information*.

Review

Checking the accuracy of some or all parts of a Record: e.g. the Link to the Website*

Search the Directory

For (the 'Brief' version of) a Record* to be retrieved in a 'Simple Search'* (as against an 'Advanced Search'*), each string of characters typed into the Search ... Box (top right of the screen), must in total be at least 3 and not more than 20 characters; and the characters must match some part of the text in the Fields matched in Simple Search*. That is, the strings of characters - each separated by a space - must be present somewhere within the text of at least one of these Fields for a Record* to be retrieved. (Thus there is an implicit Boolean 'And'.) TRY typing in 'lib' to the Search ... Box; then repeat the search with 'lib' separated by a space from 'lec'; then 'lib' separated by spaces from 'lec' and 'oxf' to get the idea. (However, you would soon find that it is easy to create exceptions to the process described. But these seem relatively unimportant - and, in any case, use instead of the Advanced Search* facility will normally produce a more optimal response.)

Simple Search

The text of ten of the Fields* in each Record* will be matched by text placed in the Simple Search ... Box. These are: Also Indexed*; Country/Region*; District/Unitary Authority*; Historic County*; Named Lectures & Talks*; Organization Title*; Postcode*; Type of Body*; Various Places*; Venue*. Such a 'Simple' search naturally does not distinguish the Fields it is matching with the search string(s) you input - which from time to time can generate some initially puzzling results, particularly where each string input has matched characters in the middle of a word ! (TRY 'sea' and 'soc' together.) Note that a 'Simple Search' will also retrieve the titles of any Subject Categories containing the search character string(s) input: the Subject Categories are listed first, followed by any 'Brief' format Records retrieved. See also Search the Directory*, Advanced Search*, and the Tab 'How to Search'.

Some more information

A Field* used occasionally to note aspects of Venue*, details on membership of the Organization, other lectures/talks offered, and so forth: pieces of information which seemed worth capturing at the time the relevant Record* was prepared.

Subject Category

The subject classification scheme used has been specially devised for this Directory* - with all the caveats that such an attempt implies. Note that Category Headings are matched in Simple Search*: TRY a search using the character string 'lit'. The first figure in brackets given after each Category Heading so retrieved is the number of any Subject Sub-Categories; the second is the total number of Records* within that subject section - including in any Sub-Categories of the parent Category.

Visit

Clicking Visit in a 'Brief' or 'Full' Record should direct you to the Organization's Website page on which or from which can be found details of the current programme of lectures/talks.

Website

The Link to the Website given in each 'Full' Record* should direct you to the Organization's Website page on which or from which can be found details of the current programme of lectures/talks. cf Visit*

Directory Statistics

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Recently Added Listings