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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