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  • Rishi, Jits, Mannie

Below is a debriefing document concerning the Dev8D JISC Developer Days (links included).


  • Free to higher education
  • Procurement, engagement, development
  • Key Attributes
    § User Engagement
    § Transparency
    § Collaboration
    § Agility
  • Community - who is it
    o Order of importance:
    § Disengage users
    § Engaged users
    § Contributors
    § Developers
    § Managers
  • Social System
    o Understand who your users are - stakeholders...
  • Project Scope
    o Define boundaries - allow others to explore beyond/through welcome 3rd parties, they have different boundaries, with their own resources.
  • The Environment
    o Relation to other projects, engaging with the environment.
  • Existing Community
    o Raise awareness of work.
    o Attract users from connected communities.
    o Learn from successful communities.
    o Stay abreast of current thinking.
  • Build New Community
    o Limited visibility.
    o Retain independence.
  • Essential Processes
    o Decision making - structure
    o Conflict resolution
    § Meritocracy of contribution
    § Benevolent dictator
  • Economy
    o A quote from Marten Mickos.
  • Barter Monetisation
    o User feedback.
    o Evangelism.
    o Affordance.
  • Exchange
    o Do things in the open.
  • Action Points
    o Identify areas from a common interest.

2. Social Science for Software Developers


3. Unlock - Geological web services

  • Uses Java, Apache, Tomcat, Spring, MVC
  • Providing geographic data - loads of data
  • Restful Services
  • E.g.
  • Output format - json

4. Linked Data - Hugh Glasser - University of Southampton

  • Interlinking the web of data
  • The web of data has many equivalent URIs. This service helps you find co-references between different data sets.
  • Linked data.
  • Uses strength of semantic distances.
  • Linked data (like wiki)
  • can get JSON back
  • A discovery explorer.

5. Linked data in the web

  • Ed Summers
  • "Linked data is the semantic web done right" Tim Berners Lee Library of congress
  • Where to start:
    o Model your stuff.
    o Identify your stuff with cool URIs.
    o Link stuff together with HTML.
    o Link to machine friendly formats (RSS, ATOM, JSON etc).
    o Use RDF to make your database available on the web using vocabularies other people understand.
    o Question? What about a RDFa? RDFa serialising RDF graph - making meta data available in html view - can decorate links.

6. Mendeley

  • Wants to help researchers manage, share, discover academic knowledge
  • Mendeley desktop <-> Mendeley Web.
  • Similar to endnote.
  • Manage, share, read and annotate your research papers - both on the desktop and online.
  • 14 Million documents (research papers).
  • can provide usage-based impact factors of research papers.
  • Audience/reach of research papers.
  • Reading time & repeat readings per paper
  • Quality ratings
  • Demo web:
    o Dashboard, Library, Statistics, MyProfile, People, Support
    o Readership statistics.
    o My publications.
    o Looking to share the data because they're focusing on getting & cleaning:
    § Open API
    § RESTful
    § OAuth
    § JSON
    o 2 Parts
    § Open Data
    § User Data - require user credentials - access to your library - docs, tags, notes, collections
    o Access to statistics
    § Top authors
    § Papers
    § Tags
    § Publications
    o Research Papers
    § Search by....
    § Open data due March
    § User data due April
    o API .. working on making data available.

6. The collaborative Tools Project - University of York

  • Aim to improve collaboration
  • Intranet
    o Use cases.
    o Project.
    o Department.
    o Thingy.
  • Public Presentation
    o Media.
    o Engagement.
    o Conferences.
    o Community of practice.
  • Better Meetings
  • Tools
    o Blogs.
    o Wikis.
    o Instant Messaging.
    o Files.
  • Toys
    o Horizon report.
    o Space and Time.
    o Room wiki room.
    o People project
  • Training
    o LinkedIn.
    o Network thinking.
    o Uservoice.
    o Crowd sourcing.
    o Delicious.
    o Tag clouds.
    o Information design.
  • Why rather than how... Assemble, create..
    o Life-ray.
    o Jive.
    o Maltego - mining.

7. The Open University

Mistakes made.

  • "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who does the credit taking"
  • Difference between: something that works / something that is production quality.
  • Refer to alpha/beta/launch
  • State the number of bugs - quantitive bugs
  • Functional -> Production code.

8. Visualising data with Processing.

  • Ross McFadden
  • Made by MIT peeps,
  • Advanced graphics for Java
  • Get pixels out quickly on the screen.

9. Hudson - Jim Downing.

  • It's usage - info.
  • Crediting developers with Commit Points.

10. Agile Development

  • Travelling light
  • Don't design for more than the immediate goal
    o FlyWeb & CLAROS
  • Web app framework or javascript - My received wisdom about web application vs a pragmatic get-something working approach.