Weeknotes #2, November 25th, 2022
The second weeknotes! We found it really useful to have written last week's notes, so we're back again. It proved to have been a positive reflective practice and way of sharing stuff across the team, let alone our (doubtless) extensive readership. What's been particularly nice for this week's editor is that people have chipped in throughout the week by updating the repo and suggested stuff that we should mention
Some things we've worked on:
The space has been busy too, and we've been preparing for some forthcoming events:
- We've had some new clients in the space this week including Jordan Dorset Ryvita. As an aside, it's notable that 100% of clients who came in during the week requested vegan food.
- We met with the NERC Digital Solutions Hub team this week and got them involved in #PlanetData. The team is based at The University of Manchester, and have created the Hub to make better use data from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
- We had the first meeting of the Northern Economic Data User Group in the space this week. You can read some of what we got up to, and keep up-to-date on it all, on the project hub page. Contact Christian Spence more info.
- We're working on the agenda for the next Open Data Saves Lives session on 7th December. It's entitled AI in Health. Sign up now!
In other news:
Other miscellaneous thoughts:
- Giles read the most recent newsletter from Dan Hon with interest. Dan is a great writer, and this is a really thought-provoking trawl through the current state of the Twitter diaspora, and the challenges of transplanting a social network from one place to another, as is currently happening with the uptake of the Fediverse (and Mastodon in particular). There are growing pains, sure, but also structural risks and a real danger that the network will impose undue bias on the discourse that it is supposed to support.
- On which topic... we hold daily-ish standups, which we run as hybrid sessions where we go round the table talking about things we're working on, plans and blockers. Stuart had been tracking the order of speaking, and realised we might have been introducing some inadvertent bias. We started using a list randomiser to attempt to address this.
- This article on how to write an image description contains some great pointers to writing better alt text on images.
...and finally, Giles has been tinkering with the weeknotes site a bit more:
- First, the site is now also consumable as an Atom feed, so you can read what we've been up to get access via a feed reader like it's 2008 or something. Simply paste the atom feed link into your feedreader, and away you go. The Feedly reader is a good choice, but other options are available.
- Lastly, there are social media tags, so sharing links should be a bit more attractive. Checking this is made really simple with the Metatags tool (with an honourable mention for opengraph.xyz).