A positive view of change lends itself to growth. Fear of change is a menacing hindrance.
I have a magnificent imagination. It’s a real problem for me.
As the Open Data Institute celebrates its first birthday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend their first annual summit and Gala dinner. Here are my take away moments from the day, rough and ready.
- Take-aways from the ‘fireside chat”:
- It was great to hear Sir Tim Berners-Lee describing the pivotal moment when Gordon Brown – the then Prime Minister – said “Yes” to putting government data on the web.
- Open data is still seen as geeky and unapproachable – a lot more work is needed to evidence the power of data to transform lives.
- Open data is just as important to the country (any country) as the power distribution network, or the road infrastructure
- It was great to see that, in just 12 months, the ODI is already a global organisation with the creation of ODI Nodes – businesses, academia and NGOs working together.
- “We build tools that make data actionable for citizens” – Catherine Bracy, Code for America
- “The Smart City is dead. Long live the Smart Citizen” – Drew Hemmet, Future Everything and ODI Manchester
- “Sometimes [you] have to push hard to get key data open” – Sir Nigel Shadbolt highlighting that there is still resistance to the Open Data movement / concept
- Take-aways from the Finance & Politics panel discussion:
- There is a need for ‘data aggregators’ (businesses, individuals and tools) to help identify value in divers open datasets
- The US Government treats open data as a strategic asset
- Open complaints data helps identify, prioritise and economise service delivery
- There is enterprise in blending proprietary, open and observed data (e.g. social media streams)
- There’s a clear correlation in the private sector between transparency and public approval
- Mike Flowers – Chief Analytics Officer, NYC – is a great speaker and passionate about his role in NYC’s open data commitment. (Here’s a write up of the work he’s done for the city.)
- Liam Maxwell stated (and in retrospect it seams obvious) that “Government is a data business”
- Take-aways from the “Open for Business” panel discussion:
- After resolving the Millennium bridge wobbles, Arup made all data and diagnostics open and freely available. At the time is was seen as a PR stunt but the data has been used and now more and more companies are doing the same.
- Bank data is (should be) owned by the customer – when they switch banks they should be able to take it with them.
…the rise of digital citizens who wish greater participation in the democratic process [...], and emerging technologies should be embraced as a way to realise the original intent and goals of government – to represent, serve and involve their citizens
I’ve stumbled across two fantastic blog posts over the last couple of days – both about Scrivener’s place in the editing process.
I think both cases are valid: David’s is argued from the point of view that editors will invariably use Word; Jamie’s from the point of view of someone who understands this, but would rather manage the whole process in Scrivener.
The example Jamie cites is for a 12 scene work; his process of copying from Word into Scrivener seems viable for a work of this size. David’s example has over 100 scenes and I wouldn’t want to be copying and pasting between the applications for a work of that magnitude.
What do you think about these two different approaches to the editing process? What do you do? Please feel free to leave a comment.
Thanks to SourceForge’s Facebook timeline, I just discovered CorneliOS. From their blurb:
The CorneliOS WebOS is an easy-to-use and cross-browser “Web Desktop Environment”, “Web Operating System” or “Web Office”. It’s also a powerful web application framework that can be used to build community platforms.
Here’s a link to the CorneliOS web OS & application framework.
I came across this blog post yesterday about a ‘hidden’ feature of Hazel. The ability to create nested conditions will really make my life easier.
Email client applications are all much of a muchness; some do more than others with tagging, highlighting and rules, but in the main they ultimately allow you to read email.
From a ‘Getting Things Done‘ (GTD) perspective, email has been the one ‘inbox’ (in the sense of GTD) that has been incongruous to the rest in my system; I’ve found it really difficult to smoothly integrate emails in my inbox into my GTD workflow.
If, like me, you use mail rules a lot in Apple Mail, you’ll be thankful for this nugget of information from George Coghill.
Email can be a terrible way to communicate. One such occasion is when trying to communicate planned time. As Nathan Cahill puts it:
“Plans are not easy to communicate over email. Whether you are planning a short trip or having a relative visit, you need to write it in calendar format.”
And, fortunately for the rest of us, he went ahead and created Short Calendar, a web app that allows you to do just that – create your plan on a calendar and email it to whoever you need to.
Simple, free. Excellent.
Thanks to Brent Sordyl, who’s blog post brought this service to my attention.