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If Only I’d Been More Focussed… National-Local Data Robot Media WireTony Hirstrobot_intermediatePR

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:04:48 +0000

And so it came to pass that Urbs Media started putting out their Arria NLG generated local data stories, customised from national data sets, on the PA news wire, as reported by the Press Gazette – First robot-written stories from Press Association make it into print in ‘world-first’ for journalism industry – and Hold the […](image)

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Open ALMS….Tony HirstBinderBinderBinder

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:31:58 +0000

A year or two after graduating, and having failed in bid to become an independent music promoter with a couple of others (we booked Hawkwind rather than Nirvana; oops…) I was playing chess with a stoner of Buddha-like nature who showed me how the pieces moved. (That is, I knew how the pieces moved square-wise; […](image)

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Practical DigiSchol – Refinding Lost Recent Web HistoryTony HirstEdit_Post_‹_Digital_Worlds_

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:56:02 +0000

I don’t know to what extent our current courses equip folk for the future (or even the present), but here’s a typical example of something I needed to figure out a solution to a problem (actually, more of a puzzle) today using the resources I had to hand… Here’s the puzzle: I couldn’t remember offhand […](image)

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Extending the folium Magic…Tony HirstBinder

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:36:22 +0000

A couple of days ago I posted about some IPython magic for embedding interactive maps in Jupyter notebooks. I had a bit more of a play yesterday, and then into the night, and started to add support in for other things. For example, you can now build up a map using several pieces of magic, […](image)

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Code is…Tony Hirst

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:12:22 +0000

…something that everyone is supposed to learn, apparently, but I’m not sure why; and you don’t have to if you’re an adult learner, compared to someone in school? So here are a couple of reasons why I think knowledge of how to use code is useful. Code is a means for telling computers, rather than […](image)

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Embedding folium Maps In Jupyter Notebooks Using IPython MagicTony HirstBinder

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:58:40 +0000

Whilst trying to show how interactive maps can be embedded in a Jupyter notebook, one of the comments I keep backing back is that “It’s too hard” because you have to write two or three lines of code. So I’ve tried to simplify things by wrapping the two or three lines of code up as […](image)

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Scratch Materials – Using Blockly Style Resources in Jupyter NotebooksTony HirstOUBuildBlockPy

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:26:51 +0000

One of the practical issues associated with using the Scratch desktop application (or it’s OU fork, OUBuild) for teaching programming is that runs on the desktop (or perhaps a tablet? It’s an Adobe Air app which I think runs on iOS?). This means that the instructional material is likely to be separated from the application, […](image)

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Fragment – Breaking Enigma Was Only Part of the Story…Tony Hirst

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:18:38 +0000

Reading Who, me? They warned you about me? on ethics associated with developing new technologies, this quote jumped out at me: [m]y claim is that putting an invention into a public space inevitably makes that invention safer (Mike Loukides, December 7, 2017). In recent years, the UK Government had several goes at passing bills that […](image)

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OERs in Practice: Repurposing Jupyter Notebooks as PresentationsTony Hirst

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:47:17 +0000

Over coffee following a maps SIG meeting last week, fellow Jupyter notebooks enthusiast Phil Wheeler wondered about the extent to which tutors / Associate Lecturers might be able to take course materials delivered as notebooks and deliver them in tutorials as slideshows. The RISE notebook extension allows notebooks to be presented using the reveal HTML […](image)

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OERs in Practice: Re-use With ModificationTony Hirst

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:12:46 +0000

Over the years, I’ve never really got my head round what other people mean by OERs (Opern Educational Resources) in terms of how they might be used. From my own perspective, wholesale reuse (“macro reuse”) of a course isn’t relevant to me. When tasked with writing an OU unit, if I just point to a […](image)

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