Weekly Update, 11th – 15th September

I’m still having a bit of a “long summer” here, but starting to ramp up towards some major work starting in October. So, what have I been doing?

Working with colleagues at Jisc preparing the ground for Analytics Labs and DfE Labs. I’ll be working with Rhodri once again which will be great. Some of the community dashboards we helped the teams to develop are now going live thanks to Neil at HESA.

Collaborating with the other partners at Cetis LLP on one of our consultancy offerings we’ll be promoting in the coming year, including a focus on transforming student journeys in HE using a combination of service design, analytics and integration. I’ve been writing up case studies from previous clients, and we’ve been collaborating on a concept map for all our various consultancies over the years to try and make sense of the connections, and come up with a good way of communicating the value to customers.

Arranging to deliver a course of open source licensing and commercialisation for tech transfer professionals with PraxisUnico in December. This will be the third time I’ve run this course, which is basically to help people in Enterprise units understand the various options for commercialising software inventions in universities, from patents to open source.

Harvesting chillies from the greenhouse, and keeping up the salad supply.

Playing Mass Effect: Andromeda on the Xbox.

Reading Firefall by Peter Watts. Now onto the second part, Echopraxia.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

 

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Weekly Update, 28th – 8th September

Whoops, I missed a week. I’d like to say it was because I was busy working, but I think playing Mass Effect: Andromeda on the Xbox was more of a distraction … but that aside I’ve been:

Working on a statistical data software project for the OECD.

Working with colleagues from Jisc and the DfE on setting up an Analytics Lab experience for analysts working with apprenticeship data.

Writing some marketing material for Cetis LLP, service descriptions and case studies from clients.

Working with Cetis LLP colleagues to define our Student Journey Transformation offering, combining process mapping, analytics, modelling, service design, interoperability and more.

Catching up with Ben and Rory from Age of Peers. I think we could see some interesting collaborations in the future between our companies.

Learning how to use CMAP.

Harvesting tomatoes and chillies from the greenhouse. Cayennes have ripened nicely!

Reading Firefall by Peter Watts.

Listening to the new Queens of the Stone Age album … and their first album. Not sure which I prefer.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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Weekly Update, 21st – 25th August

Holidays are nearly at an end. Well, sort of – my next major piece of work starts in October so I’m still in holiday mode! So, whats happening?

Working on a statistical data software project for OECD.

Helping a colleague at HESA with Alteryx.

Discussing a new data analytics project with DfE starting in November.

Voting on various partnership co-op things, like our new partnership deed, and work on Learning Analytics.

Harvesting tomatoes and chillies from the greenhouse.

Reading The Rift by Nina Allan.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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Weekly Update July 17th – July 21th

Whoops I missed a week! Oh well, what have I been doing this week?

Working on the OECD statistical data project. This involves some legal due diligence work, recommendations on licensing and IP,  and processes for the development team to follow when they finally release the whole package as open source software and start accepting contributions from the wider community.

Presenting our offering for research data management (RDM) at De Montfort University.

Meeting with our new company accountant at Cetis LLP.

Harvesting shallots, garlic, potatoes and borlotti beans from the garden, and tomatoes from the greenhouse.

Reading The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel.

Listening to music by Shura and Anna Meredith, inspired by their performances when we went to the Blue Dot festival recently.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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Weekly Update July 3rd – July 7th

Another week passes… somewhat less eventfully as we approach the holidays.

Attending the final showcase for the Jisc Analytics Labs teams. I’m really proud of the work the teams put into their dashboards – hopefully we’ll see some of them available from HESA in the coming year. The “Brexit Risk Mitigation” dashboard is going to be especially timely for a lot of universities! I also spent the previous day helping my two teams get everything completed – recording screencasts of each dashboard and how it works, last minute data processing, moving completed workflows into place. Hopefully we’ll get the green light to work with more teams in the next academic year.

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. Mostly I’ve been working on support vector machines.

Discussing some potential new work with our clients.

Writing a proposal for the OECD for our help in open-sourcing their statistical software.

Preparing our camping gear for the Blue Dot festival; we’re travelling there later today.

Harvesting potatoes, lettuces and peas.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

 

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Weekly Update June 26 – June 30

Nearly July already! What’s been happening?

Working on agile business intelligence with both of my Jisc Analytics Labs teams. I’ve developed some Alteryx workflows for figuring out demand and capability for degree level apprenticeships – it’ll be interesting to see if this resonates with providers coming along to the showcase next week.

Meeting with lots of public and voluntary sector data folks from around Greater Manchester as part of the Involve workshops on data sharing in public services (pdf). Good to see Javier from the Open Rights Group as well, and get some DEA updates. Some good activities on looking at benefits and risks for data sharing.

Meeting with our good friends at Manchester Metropolitan University to discuss the area of Student Journey Transformation. This is an area we’ve identified as a priority, so we’re gathering feedback from clients as to what kinds of services they’re looking for to us to be able to help them with these sort of large-scale programmes.

Hearing about recent bids. We’re through to second round of Research Data Management procurement at DMU (yay!) but we didn’t get through to the next round for the UfI VocTech pilots (boo!)

Talking with the OECD about doing some work with them on releasing their statistical software as open source software.

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. Mostly I’ve been working on various validation and diagnostic approaches for ML. Its a fascinating area, and I’ve got a much better idea now of how to approach ML projects as a whole.

Growing things in the garden and greenhouse. Sorting out my tomatoes – its getting crowded in the greenhouse now!

Watching Wallander and The Expanse on Netflix.

Reading “The Tourist” by Robert Dickinson.

Suffering with hay fever. Argh!

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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Weekly Update June 19 – June 23

This was a busy one! So what have I been up to?

Working on agile business intelligence with both of my Jisc Analytics Labs teams, with a face to face meeting at Wolverhampton plus two online scrums. I also developed an Alteryx workflow for our friends over at HESA to help them join up older versions of the Estates Management Record (EMR) that should help institutions wanting to do some longer term trend analysis.

Meeting my partners and associates in Cetis LLP at our home base at Halton Mill. We had a great meeting, developing ideas for new service offerings in areas such as Student Journey Transformation, Digital Credentials, and Course Discovery, as well as developing our strategy for the coming year in existing areas such as Business Intelligence, Learning Analytics, Research Data ManagementData Wrangling and Technology Selection and Evaluation. Oh, and we may finally actually redo our website 🙂

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. Mostly I’ve been working on artificial neural networks for classification problems.

Writing bids for new work with OECD and with the European Space Agency.

Ich Lerne noch Deutsch mit Duolingo.

Growing things in the garden and greenhouse. Tomatoes developing nicely!

Watching Wallander and The Expanse on Netflix.

 

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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(Bi-)Weekly Update June 5 – June 16

I’ve been fairly busy lately and missed a weekly update! I was also out Friday night so didn’t get chance to write then either. However, here we are again. So, what have I been up to?

Working on agile business intelligence with both of my Jisc Analytics Labs teams; I’ve been reshaping  data for analysis using Alteryx, generating synthetic data for testing, and also coaching analysts in using Alteryx and Tableau. I’ve also been coaching analysts in reshaping survey data using transposition – in general, people tend to make “short and wide” datasets, whereas machine analysis much prefers “long and narrow” datasets. This week I was in London meeting one of my teams in person (mostly we work remotely) and was really impressed with the visualisations they’ve managed to develop so far.

Analysing the new LEO dataset.

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. This past two weeks I’ve been working on artificial neural networks for machine learning, implementing the various algorithms used in training networks and generating predictions for classification problems such as image recognition.

Writing bids for new work, including one on research data management for De Montfort University plus a couple of others for the OECD and the European Space Agency.

Ich Lerne noch Deutsch mit Duolingo.

Growing things in the garden and greenhouse. We’ve had lots of strawberries, the chillies, peppers and tomatoes are just starting to form, and I’ve picked the first raspberry!

Reading “Inverted World” by Christopher Priest.

Walking at least 5k every day for the past two weeks. Mostly working from home isn’t great for the figure, so I’ve been making an effort to do a good long walk each day.

Applying patches to HtmlCleaner for some odd cases involving unrecognised namespaces.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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Weekly Update May 29 – June 2

Its been half-term this week, so I’ve mostly been spending time with family, especially as one daughter has been ill (now there was bad timing!) but also:

Working on agile business intelligence with one of my Jisc Analytics Labs teams; I’ve been reshaping  HESA data for analysis using Alteryx, generating synthetic data for testing, and also coaching analysts in Alteryx and Tableau.

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. This week I’ve been studying classification, and implementing logistic regression and regularisation algorithms in Octave. The assignments are surprisingly tough – but I’m developing my ability to solve problems using vectorisation rather than iteration, which is something I can apply to non-ML problems too.

Arranging to do some more teaching next semester. Probably undergraduate cloud computing and algorithms, but its still all a bit vague at the moment.

Ich Lerne noch Deutsch mit Duolingo.

Growing things in the garden and greenhouse. New potatoes almost ready for harvesting. Have had to protect my french beans and garlic from the rabbits. (They don’t even especially like garlic, but that doesn’t stop them mowing it down.)

Reading “Smoke” by Dan Vyleta.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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Weekly Update May 22-26

Well, its been an eventful week in Manchester as we all know. But, that aside, its time for me to write up what I’ve been doing.

Working again on agile business intelligence with my Jisc Analytics Labs teams; I’ve been reshaping HESA estates data and DfE Apprenticeships data for analysis using Alteryx and also coaching analysts in using some more advanced Tableau features.

Writing a project proposal for the UFI VocTech challenge with our friends at We Are Open Co-op.

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. This week I’ve been implementing gradient descent and cost functions in Octave.

Applying patches to HtmlCleaner to handle some advanced cases of character handling. Looks like I’ll be making a release early in June.

Ich Lerne noch Deutsch mit Duolingo.

Walking to collect my youngest daughter from school everyday. Its about 3 miles each way!

Growing plants with the aid of all this sunshine. Tomatoes, peppers, chillies potatoes and peas all coming along nicely.

Reading “Occupy Me” by Tricia Sullivan.

Next week is half-term for the kids, so I probably won’t blog until the week after.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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