18 Aug 2014
Apparently a Blogiversary is a thing now, along with a Twittiversary and Facebookiversary and a host of other slightly meaningless events linked to on-line activities.
While it may seem like the height of banality to celebrate the existence of something as self serving as a personal blog (certainly one that has been a varied in content and tone as this) I'm quietly pleased to think that this website has been in existence in one form or another since 2003! You have to take my word for it at the moment as the long overdue archiving and tidy up process is ongoing but the first post to this site which has moved domains a few times and platforms and hosts countless times was on August 18th, 2003 when I was 23 years old.
02 May 2014
As promised in the introduction to this series on Open Data in Jersey, this post is going to focus on two very specific and rather large problems facing the roll out of any open data project. Specifically:
How do we structure data for public access and how can we abstract or combine existing silos of data?
22 Apr 2014
I have a semi automated Twitter stream these days. A queue of 4 items per day (Monday - Friday) are automatically posted by the excellent Buffer platform and for the most part this system works brilliantly. It means I can focus on sourcing and curating useful and hopefully interesting content to share with my followers without needing to worry about flooding their time lines.
It's not perfect. I frequently get replies to tweets that have been in the pipeline for over a week since I read the original post and decided to add it which leads to a certain measure of re-reading to remember what the heck a given item was actually about. But this is a pretty rare occurrence nowadays since I make sure I carefully read all content before scheduling and try not to let my Buffer get more than a week ahead.
20 Apr 2014
(Update: Part 2 is now online!)
The Island of Jersey is now 24 months into its journey towards becoming a world recognised, centre of digital excellence. Some of the local programmes are starting to take shape with Digital Jersey opening their co-working space in a week and with local groups rallying around the residual energy from the (un)conference that took place earlier in April.
That said, there is one area where Jersey is lagging behind most jurisdictions - open access to data. And comments made across a range of recent events & meet-ups have made it clear that access to this vast pool of resources is very much in demand from the community and would act as a catalyst for the advancement of local technical solutions when positioned alongside other initiatives such as eGovernment and the soon to be "live" Freedom of Information law.
11 Feb 2014
There's a growing trend as governments and well-meaning organisations clue in to the massive skills gap that has been allowed to grow in IT education across the UK and around the world. The trend is the proposition that learning to code is "simple" and "easy". In some instances this fashion has led to extremes with some providers offering you the opportunity to "learn to code in a day" or a week, month or year.
I'll be frank, this is starting to piss me off.