A hobbyist hacker, spreadsheet warrior & an API advocate walked in to a pub…

..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…

Going viral: the digitalisation of our iconic institutions

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

What If…? The proposed ‘Office for Students’ was treated like a start-up* from day one

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