Category Archives: Own Work

ANN: PyWordPress – Python WordPress Library using the WordPress XML-RPC API

Announcing PyWordpress, a Python library for WordPress that provides a pythonic interface to WordPress using the WordPress XML-RPC API: Code on github: https://github.com/rgrp/pywordpress Python Package Index: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pywordpress/ Along with a wrapper for the main functions it also provides various helper methods, for example to create many pages at once. This is somewhat of a belated […]

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Shuttleworth Fellowship Bi-Annual Review

As part of my Shuttleworth Fellowship I’m preparing bi-annual reviews of what I — and projects I’m involved in — have been up to. So, herewith are some some highlights from the last 6 months. CKAN and the theDataHub Finalized separation of software and site: CKAN = data hub software, theDataHub.org = community data hub […]

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Talking at Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information (LAPSI) Conference in Milan

This week on Thursday and Friday I’ll be in Milan to speak at the 1st LAPSI (Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information) Primer & Public Conference. I’m contributing to a “primer” session on The Perspective of Open Data Communities and then giving a conference talk on Collective Costs and Benefits in Opening PSI for Re-use […]

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Talk at RE:PUBLICA 2011

Yesterday I was at RE:PUBLICA XI to give a talk on Open Government Data in the opening session of the “open” stream. The crammed to over-capacity room was a nice indicator of the growing attention and interest being generated by open data, and especially open governernment data. Slides online here and below.

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Talk at UKSG 2011 Conference

Yesterday, I was up in Harrogate at the UKSG (UK Serials Group) annual conference to speak in a keynote session on Open Bibiliograpy and Open Bibliographic Data. I’ve posted the slides online and iframed below. Outline Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data with significant uptake in government, research […]

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Shuttleworth Fellowship – Activity in the Last 3 Months

As part of my Shuttleworth Fellowship I’m preparing quarterly reports on what I’ve been up to. So, herewith are some some highlights from the last 3 months. (Previous update – Sept-Dec) Talks and Events Talk at CCSR in Manchester about Open Data Talk at Cambridge Geek Night Workshop at Dev8D Talk at EPSI Platform Berlin […]

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Open Shakespeare Annotation Sprint

Cross-posted from Open Knowledge Foundation blog. Tomorrow we’re holding the first Open Shakespeare Annotation ‘Sprint’. We’ll be getting together online and in-person to collaborate on critically annotating a complete Shakespeare play with all our work being open. All of Shakespeare’s texts are, of course, in the public domain, and therefore already ‘open’. However, most editions […]

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Copyright is a Monopoly! (And isn’t like normal property)

The equation of ‘intellectual property’ (IP) such as copyright with (traditional “real”) property is frequently made, especially by those advocating its extension. However, this equation is fundamentally erroneous and results in very serious misapprehension of the nature and effect of IP. In particular, patents and copyright confer monopolies in a way that ownership of real […]

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Introducing YourTopia – Development beyond GDP

The following is cross-posted from the Open Knowledge Foundation blog post. It reports the results of the code-sprint reported in this previous blog post. Today we’re announcing a simple new app (also submitted to World Bank Apps competition) that allows anyone to say what kind of world, what ‘YourTopia’, they would like to live in: […]

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OpenHDI: Open Human Development Index

A few members of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s nascent open economics working group are having a code-sprint this Friday and Saturday to work on an app for the world bank competition currently called ‘Open HDI’ (Human Development Index): [Update] http://yourtopia.net we’ve renamed to YourTopia http://openhdi.org/ – stub website (it’s what we’ll make today and tomorrow!) […]

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