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Open Source Junction 4: Open Source Hardware meets Open Source Software

(reblogged from the OSS Watch blog) OSS Watch is delighted to announce a new event in the Open Source Junction series aimed at facilitating knowledge exchange between industry and academic innovation. Open Source Junction brings together the best business and … Continue reading

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How to engage students in real open source projects

I gave a talk at FOSSA 2012 earlier this week sharing some experiences with teaching students using open source projects in a module at the University of Bolton. Basically, there are 5 tips: Start with soft skills, not code Let … Continue reading

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Sharing usage data about web apps between stores

The 140 Character Question: Can different web app stores share usage data such as reviews, ratings, and stats on how often an app has been downloaded or embedded? Thats the question that we investigated in the SPAWS project. And the … Continue reading

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SPAWS: Project Plan

(I’m still wrapping up the JISC part of SPAWS…normal blog service will resume shortly) Here’s the original project proposal I submitted, including the project plan: SPAWS_proposal

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SPAWS: Impact

The SPAWS project – or rather, the funded part – is coming to an end so its time to wrap up the project details. In terms of impact, what have we achieved? 1. We answered the question we set: “is … Continue reading

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SPAWS: What have we made?

The SPAWS project has produced: A SPAWS Java Library for sharing paradata, building on LRJavaLib Some documentation on how to use it Contributed code back to LRJavaLib A set of Paradata Recipes for paradata relevant to the usecase A load … Continue reading

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PHP: The Pot Noodle of software development

PHP is, despite its huge popularity, one of only a handful of web programming tools I’ve never really used in anger. And thats because, basically, I’m a programming snob. I like Java (despite its annoyances), Ruby, Python, JavaScript and a … Continue reading

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Working at OSS Watch, but not leaving CETIS

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve just started a new role as Service Manager at OSS Watch and have been asking whether I’ve left CETIS. Well, the situation is that I’m being seconded to Oxford to work at OSS … Continue reading

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Unhosted – building web apps without servers

For some reason I never came across this before, but it seems there is something of a movement (complete with manifesto) promoting client-side-only web apps. According to the Unhosted site: By “unhosted web apps” we mean browser-based apps with no server-side backend. Unlike … Continue reading

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SPAWS: Lessons Learned So Far

The funded part of SPAWS is coming to a close, so its time for me to write about some of the things I’ve learned so far from working on this project. Is the LearningRegistry Node infrastructure suitable for sharing paradata … Continue reading

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