Tag: Tony Hirst

Chatting With ONS Data Via a Simple Slackbot

A recent post on the ONS Digital blog – Dueling with datasets – describes some of the design decisions taken when putting together the new Office for National Statistics website (such as having a single page for a particular measure

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Impressions from Data Sketches

By chance, I spotted a tweet this evening from @owenboswarva pointing to a #DVLA data release: number of licence holders with penalty points, broken down by postcode district [link] | #FOI #opendata. A quick search turned up some DfT driving

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Idle Thoughts on “Data Literacy” in the Library…

In part for a possible OU Library workshop, in part trying to mull over possible ideas for an upcoming ILI2015 workshop with Brian Kelly, I’ve been pondering what sorts of “data literacy” skills are in-scope for a typical academic library.

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Tinkering With Data Consuming WordPress Plugins

Now that I’ve got my own webspace on Reclaim Hosting and set up a handful of my own WordPress blog, I started having a tinker with some custom plugins. I’ve started off with something simple, a couple of shortcode plugins

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Don’ Panic – The Latest OU/Hans Rosling Co-Pro Has (Almost) Arrived…

To tie in with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals summit later this week, the OU teamed up with production company Wingspan Productions and data raconteur Professor Hans Rosling to produce a second “Don’t Panic” lecture performance that airs on BBC2

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Writing Each Row of a Spreadsheet as a Press Release?

A few days ago, I saw via the @HSCICOpenData Twitter feed that an annually released dataset on Written Complaints in the NHS”> has just been published. The data comes in the form of a couple of spreadsheets in which each

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Open Data For Transparency – Contract Compliance?

Doing a tab sweep just now, I came across a post describing a Policy note issued on contracts and compliance with transparency principles by the Crown Commercial Service [Procurement Policy Note – Increasing the Transparency of Contract Information to the

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Data Driven Press Releases From HSCIC Data – Diabetes Prescribing

By chance, I saw a tweet from the HSCIC yesterday announcing Prescribing for Diabetes, England – 2005/06 to 2014/15′ http://bit.ly/1J3h0g8 #hscicstats. The data comes via a couple of spreadsheets, broken down at the CCG level. As an experiment, I thought

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FOI and Communications Data

Last week, the UK Gov announced an Independent Commission on Freedom of Information (written statement) to consider: whether there is an appropriate public interest balance between transparency, accountability and the need for sensitive information to have robust protection whether the

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A Couple of Interesting Interactive Data Storytelling Devices

A couple of interesting devices for trying to engage folk in a data mediated story. First up, a chart that is reminiscent in feel to Hans Rosling’s ignorance test, in which (if you aren’t familiar with it) audiences are asked

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