This week there's an interesting post over on the EVAD project blog about the problem of finding the right 'data munging' tool and how they ended up developing their own custom perl script instead. They've publically released the perl script so it will be interesting to watch and see whether their custom built script suits the needs of another project or whether a new bespoke tool needs to be fashioned for every project going.
The LIDP project have been presenting to, and in attendance at, the Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services conference which is a week-long event taking place at York University [#pm9york]. Word on the twittersphere is that the LIDP toolkit will be released next week so I'll probably be linking to that next week.
The OpenURL Router Data project launched their article recommender prototype and it's just as well that I don't have an Athens log-in because I was quickly drawn in all sorts of intriguing looking material, including an article entitled 'Getting a Grip on Strangles'.
Out in the wider world there have been relevant links flying into my twitterstream from unexpected quarters which suggests to me that either a tipping point is coming our way in terms of a wider awareness of activity data, or I'm am getting more creative in my interpretation of what is relevant to the programme. In any case here are a few highlights that I've picked out of this week's Tabbloid:
- this visualisation tool for the Department of Health's public health dataset is impressive but (to mine eyes) not altogether intuitive or open.
- there have been a couple of interesting reads in 'the media':
- a mildly doom-ridden article on the potential omnipotence of algorithms on the BBC website.
- a similarly toned piece on the Guardian website about digital serendipity, or the impending lack thereof [they get bonus points for talking about *the filter bubble* without mentioning it by name].
- Lorcan Dempsey picked up on a job advert for a 'bibliometrician' at the University of Leicester which struck me as interesting until I realised that bibliometrician doesn't quite mean what I think it does (i.e. it's more about content of research than activity data) ... but it still seems reasonably pertinent if you employ the same 'magic eye' technique I use to look at the world.
- On a related note, Graham Stone picked up on a conversation at #pm9york about whether every library will need a 'Data Jockey' ... if that cool job title becomes widely used then I can see a whole new generation of young people getting unknowingly lured into a career as a shambrarian :)