Author Archives: scottbw

HtmlCleaner 2.10 released

Get it here!

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Tracking student blogs using Google Spreadsheets and WordPress

I’m currently teaching a first year module on Open Source Software, one of the requirements for which is students write their findings up as blog posts. For that reason I thought it might be useful to be able to keep … Continue reading

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HtmlCleaner 2.9

I’ve finally released version 2.9 of HtmlCleaner! This month I also had to answer my first ever official support request for HtmlCleaner in my “day job” – it appears a researcher at the University of Oxford is using it as … Continue reading

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Looking at Kwan and West’s Open Source Adoption Model

In my last post I looked at the first part of Kwan and West’s paper, which concerns the phases of technology adoption. Now I’m turning to the second part, which concerns the adoption model. Kwan and West propose the following … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as “strategic IT” in Higher Education?

In their 2005 paper, A conceptual model for enterprise adoption of open source software [1], Kwan and West use as a starting point the “Strategic Grid” developed originally by McFarlan, McKenney and Pyburn (1983) [2] which divides firms or divisions … Continue reading

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DOMImplementation hates HTML5

This doesn’t work: In fact, it just silently fails to add any child nodes. No exceptions, nada. This gives the same result: But *this* does work: Gah!

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HtmlCleaner 2.8 is out

Its the first release of 2014, and its got a nice patch from Rafael that makes it run a lot faster (who knew that just checking whether a String is a valid Double in the XPath processor would cause so … Continue reading

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5 lessons for OER from Open Source and Free Software

While the OER community owes some of its genesis to the open source and free software movements, there are some aspects of how and why these movements work that I think are missing or need greater emphasis. 1. Its not … Continue reading

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Why CKAN’s datastore_search_sql gives you a syntax error, and how to fix it

If you’re using the DataStore extension with CKAN, one of the first things you’re likely to try is to execute a SQL query on your data. However, you’ll likely see something like this: [“(ProgrammingError) syntax error at or near \”-\”\nLINE … Continue reading

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Sign and encrypt your email. Please.

(This was prompted by the news that Groklaw is shutting down, in large part due to concerns over conducting business by email now that there is no legal or constitutional protection for its privacy. You can find out more about … Continue reading

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