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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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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: 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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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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SPAWS: Sharing a comment between stores

I’ve finally gotten around to creating a quick demo of one of the use cases I wrote for SPAWS – sharing a comment. Its pretty simple really, although I didn’t want to use a “real” store for this one; so … Continue reading

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Firefox OS Web Apps: Great concept, shame about the not-invented-here

The Mozilla Boot2Gecko (B2G) project just got a new name: Firefox OS. The idea is a mobile operating system that runs web apps rather than native apps, rather like WebOS.  Firefox OS has to provide some basic facilities for web … Continue reading

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SPAWS: Paradata Recipes

One of the outcomes of our recent Advisory Group Meeting was that I needed to do some work on the paradata “recipes” we want for SPAWS. These recipes are the ways we create the JSON activity stream data for particular … Continue reading

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Revolutionary messaging technology will challenge FB, Twitter, IM

I’ve been having a go recently with a really cool communication technology – just check out some of these features: It works on all kinds of devices and across all networks You can search, read and respond to messages even … Continue reading

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Monster Math

I made this silly counting game for my kids, but you might find it fun too… Monster Math  

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