..and they all tell the bar staff they can’t pour a pint. That is basically the life of being a data publisher at the moment. Leigh has written a great post about ‘Who is the intended audience for open data?’ where he articulates some of the problems and clashes of cultures better than I could…… Continue reading A hobbyist hacker, spreadsheet warrior & an API advocate walked in to a pub…
Like most people of a certain vintage in a digital-ish profession I went through a stage where Techcrunch was my bible and I desperately wanted to be a part of a successful startup. In the end I spent a year at a [not] successful example and learned loads — not least that it wasn’t the world for…… Continue reading Going viral: the digitalisation of our iconic institutions
Last week the ‘Higher Education Green Paper’ was released for consultation. You can read a useful summary over on Times Higher and a whole bunch of useful analysis at WonkHE (with my former colleague David Kernohan contributing some great stuff.) Now I don’t really have anything to say about the paper itself (other than the…… Continue reading What If…? The proposed ‘Office for Students’ was treated like a start-up* from day one
A couple of tweets this week led to me buying ‘The Book of OpenStreetmap’ — a collection of interviews from founding contributors to OSM by the original founder Steve Coast. It is an interesting read but I found it even more interesting for reasons outside of the content. I really want to write a book. Not for…… Continue reading The Book of GDS (and beyond)
If you follow me on Twitter I probably owe you a bit of an apology. In recent weeks I have become obsessed with using my networks to publicise a couple of jobs that we have open at ONS and I think I have probably pushed the patience of my network to the edge. It is…… Continue reading I need a playbook for hiring..