What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? Spent convictions in the Internet Age.

Paul Clarke’s recent post about naming of offenders and the issues around open data also misses one point of the 21st Century. Lou emphasises the points about names and spent convictions; but I suspect, modern culture, has a much larger but less complicated issue.

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posted: 04 Dec 2011

Who Cares?

When Will Perrin first heard about the plans for an Open Data Institute, this was his comment:

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posted: 02 Dec 2011

Sleep, Yoga and ???

cat pose

After a decade, I left my old research fellow job at the start of November. Having not had enough of my November activities, sleep and yoga, quite yet, I’m not looking to start something new immediately, but am starting to, slowly, look around for something from January. I should probably start putting my CV together soon. I’ve not had to for a while.

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posted: 01 Dec 2011

Go directly to Jail, Do not pass Go, Do not collect $data.

While the “Open Data Definition” argument has been won – on the web, for free, for anyone, for ever; reality has a habit of tossing up edge cases, that don’t come up in theory.

The MoJ released an update to its protocols for Open Justice Court Data, and the Guardian article quoted Will Perrin advocating for names to go along with detail.

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posted: 28 Nov 2011

Tables of Contents in Scrivener

Because this has just driven me insane for an hour or so, until finding the random paragraphs needed. In case you’re googling the same problem :)

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posted: 14 Nov 2011

Beyond 38degrees of your wallet.

Picture by and from http://www.vickfamily.com/images/PetPics/TwoKittiesOnLaptop.jpg

“Somewhere along the way, however, we seem to have forgotten that causing political change is about action” — Carne Ross in his LSE talk. He continues “we have slipped from a discourse, from a commitment, an understanding, that it is action that changes things, we’ve shifted from action to inaction, or to, put it bluntly inaction: campaigning”

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posted: 16 Oct 2011

Never a Southerner.

After a decade working (lately) as a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, I’m mostly moving on (and South, to Cambridge).

It’s been a pleasure to work on large scale social science Government data (under license, contract and restriction) and research methods projects, but now it’s time for something else.

While it is extremely rare that I talk online about my role there, there a clear parallel between some discussions with Dear and Valued Colleagues, and the positions that Bill, Ben, other Ben and others take on the digital age of open data.

For now, I’ll be taking a couple of months break (I hope), working on some fun things, and we’ll see what’s next.

posted: 13 Oct 2011

Bill and Ben both say we won…


This is a draft that’s been sitting unpublished for a while, doesn’t really go that far, but is a useful reference for something that might follow.
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posted: 11 Oct 2011

Some reflections on the Do Lectures

For the last couple of years, I’ve run a little tumblr called interestingAgain.com which is interesting or any talks/ideas that I’d like to be able to find again and really engage with again. I’m not entirely sure that I would put the entirety of the Do catalogue on the site, but it would all fit.

Do is the physical embodiment of what I was going for with InterestingAgain, and the ability of Team Do to get those speakers to come to the event for free is a real testament to what the Do Lectures actually are.

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posted: 23 Sep 2011

Barefoot into a Leaderless, Digitised Revolution

I remember when I first read the name Julian Assange. A narrative book called Underground had just been released into the web as a text file (2001) Read more…

posted: 08 Sep 2011