To help me wrap up my time at the ODI I asked the team for suggestions for things I could add to my list of handover documentation. Amongst the suggestions that came back was: “Maybe also a poem about why standards are the best thing on Earth?” So, with a nod to the meme and apologies to … Continue reading A poem about standards
I love a good standard. I’ve written about them a lot here. As its #WorldStandardsDay I thought I’d write a quick post to share something that I’ve learned from leading and supporting some standards work. I’ve already shared this with a number of people who have asked for advice on standards work, and in some … Continue reading Tip for improving standards documentation
I read an interesting article this week by Ana Brandusescu, Michael Canares and Silvana Fumega. Called “Open data standards design behind closed doors?” it explores issues of inclusion and equity around the development of “open data standards” (which I’m reading as “open standards for data”). Ana, Michael and Silvana rightly highlight that standards development is … Continue reading Increasing inclusion around open standards for data
In this post I want to highlight what I think are some fairly large gaps in the standards we have for publishing and consuming data on the web. My purpose for writing these down is to try and fill in gaps in my own knowledge, so leave a comment if you think I’m missing something … Continue reading Current gaps in the open data standards framework
In 2021 I’m planning to spend some more time exploring different data ecosystems with an emphasis on understanding the flows of data within and between different data initiatives, the tools they use to collect and share data, and the role of collaborative maintenance and open standards. One project I’ve been looking at this week is … Continue reading The Common Voice data ecosystem
Part of planning for whatever comes next for me in my career involved reflecting on the things I’ve enjoyed doing. I’m pleased to say that there’s a quite a lot. I thought I’d write some of them down to help me gather my thoughts around what I’d like to do more of in the future. … Continue reading A short list of some of the things I’ve worked on which I’ve particularly enjoyed
It’s an odd now looking at early 21st century content in the Internet Archive. So little nuance. It feels a little like watching those old black and white movies. All that colour which was just right there. But now lost. Easy to imagine that life was just monochrome. Harder to imagine the richer colours. Or … Continue reading A letter from the future about numbers
Vaughn Tan’s The Uncertainty Mindset is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read this year. It’s an exploration of how to build R&D teams drawing on lessons learned in high-end kitchens around the world. I love cooking and I’m interested in creative R&D and what makes high-performing teams work well. I’d strongly recommend it … Continue reading Four types of innovation around data
“FAIR” (or “FAIR data”) is an term that I’ve been bumping into more and more frequently. For example, its included in the UK’s recently published Geospatial Strategy. FAIR is an acronym that stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. It defines a set of principles that highlight some important aspects of publishing machine-readable data well. … Continue reading FAIR, fairer, fairest?
Change discovery is the process of identifying changes to a resource. For example, that a document has been updated. Or, in the case of a dataset, whether some part of the data has been amended, e.g. to add data, fill in missing values, or correct existing data. If we can identify that changes have been … Continue reading Why is change discovery important for open data?