Weekly Update, 2nd – 6th October

Another week, another blog post. What have I been doing lately?

Working with colleagues at Jisc on Analytics Labs and DfE Labs.

Working with a client at the OECD.

Writing client case studies for the new Cetis LLP website. Its only when you’re asked to write it down that you realise just how much you’ve done, and who you’ve worked for.

Fixing bugs in HtmlCleaner and answering user questions.

Coding some improvements to TrunkDB for the public beta. Really glad we built it using a microservices architecture with a separate web app – testing and deploying updates is a breeze.

Listening to the new albums by Wolf Alice, and Gary Numan. Both way better than I was expecting.

Watching Breaking Bad (finally).

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, 25th – 29th September

Better late than never, eh? So what was I up to last week.

Working with colleagues at Jisc on Analytics Labs and DfE Labs. I created an infographic of the types and provenance of the data sources we’ve used for dashboards over the past few years by extracting metadata from the Jisc Data Catalogue via the CKAN API.

Collaborating with the other partners at Cetis LLP on our consultancy offerings we’ll be promoting in the coming year. I’ve mostly been working on our Research Data Management and Student Journey Transformation themes.

Discussing some potential new work with a client, facilitating the development of common data models across 20 or so different business units, and extracting them into common services and APIs.

Fixing bugs in HtmlCleaner and TrunkDB. Nice to be doing some Java again.

Making my own hot sauce using the cayenne peppers I’ve grown in the greenhouse this year.

Watching series 2 of The Expanse (its great!) and Star Trek Discovery (its OK).

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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Cetis has a new(ish) logo

OK, OK, so we haven’t updated our website in ages. But at least we have a new logo. Well, we’ve had it since January, courtesy of the excellent Mark Power.

Ta-da:

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What do you think folks?

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Weekly Update, 18th – 22nd September

Working with colleagues at Jisc on Analytics Labs and DfE Labs, and also the startup for the new governance structure for the Community Dashboards. I’m building some visualisations of the type and provenance of the data sources we’ve used for dashboards over the past few years, which is a bit “meta” but a lot of fun.

Writing a response to a parliamentary consultation on data-driven approaches to curriculum planning in the HE, FE and Skills sectors. I’m doing this with one of our clients, pointing out some areas where we need more public open data, and some areas where we need more join-up between government departments, all based on practical experiences over the past two years with a lot of case studies. Hopefully as this is itself an evidence-based approach it’ll have some traction..?

Collaborating with the other partners at Cetis LLP on another of our consultancy offerings we’ll be promoting in the coming year, which is in research data management. We’ve already got a beta cloud based solution for structured datasets (trunkdb.com) and are looking at how we serve the broader needs of researchers, from basic file sharing through to semantically-aware solutions such as BRISSKIT and ChemBioHub. Still lots of options to consider at this stage, but between the partners we already know a great deal about RDM from a range of discipline perspectives.

Booking attendance at an event on the Co-Operative University. I remember a long time ago colleagues from the University of Lincoln investigating this; maybe now the time is right for initiatives in this space. Really looking forward to this one!

Harvesting chillies and sweet peppers from the greenhouse, and keeping up the salad supply. Dealing with slugs – I’ve already lost a few peppers to the slimy buggers. I’ve started moving out finished tomato plants, and getting some winter veggies ready.

Playing Mass Effect: 2 on the Xbox. I really liked Andromeda, so I was wondering what long-term fans of the series were on about when they ranked this the best of the series. Not really seeing it so far, but I’ll persevere for a bit.

Reading Firefall by Peter Watts. Still on the second part, Echopraxia. Not finding it exactly a quick read this one.

Watching series 2 of 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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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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