I'm curious: what do you think the difference is, if any, between a data curator and a data steward?

Oh Microsoft. I appreciate your valiant attempt to automatically describe the image I just inserted into PowerPoint, but that is not a calendar. That is a figure showing a series of histopathological samples of rat brain tissue. πŸ€πŸ§ 

Mathematicians are building a machine readable library to equip software proof assistants with existing mathematical knowledge: quantamagazine.org/building-th

Interested in learning about OpenRefine for data wrangling? Some wonderful colleagues of mine are offering an online Data Carpentry workshop this Thursday: scipunimelb.github.io/2020-10-

I don't know who else needs to see this, but I found a picture of a young Terry Pratchett cabbage duelling at the Clarecraft Discworld Event in Suffolk in 1997 and it's making me both sad and happy at the same time: web.archive.org/web/2000012904

Good news: my data harvesting script seems to be working.

Bad news: after running smoothly for 14 hours overnight, I hit the wrong key this morning and accidentally killed it three quarters of the way through the harvest. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

Good news: I got enough data before I killed it to be able to develop a data cleaning script.

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I've spent most of today beta testing a new library API. So far I've discovered, through trial and error, that the actual rate limits are about half what was stated. I'm now at the stage of watching my code run veerry sloowly and occasionally hitting a bug that I need to fix before I can set things running at snail pace again. 🐌 This could take a while.

Just attended a meeting to talk about cold archival tape storage solutions that integrate with digital preservation systems. One of the attendees was an ex-colleague who literally laughed at and mocked me in a meeting a few years ago for mentioning the idea of tape storage. *sigh*

I don't have the energy for this, but in case anyone else is interested: standbius.com/ πŸ’—πŸ’œπŸ’™

Somehow, I don't think saying that the federal government's new data sharing framework is as if "you've got a policeman on the beat to help you manage your data" gives quite the impression you were going for, especially to Indigenous communities looking to access government data about themselves... πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

I am intrigued by this: Boxes: A Field Guide: matteringpress.org/books/boxes Includes chapters on black boxes, text boxes, archive boxes, Dropbox, thinking outside the box, boxing up emotions, etc. Available to download open access. πŸ“¦ :oa:

The finale of the most epic online shopping fail. Couldn't link directly to the product. Couldn't bill and ship to different countries on the first try. Got redirected to a new page to change the shipping country, but there was no option to do so. Had to clear cookies before a pop up appeared that would let me change countries. Country I wanted to ship to wasn't on the list. Then failed a non-existent robot test when contacting customer help. 🀬

Oh dear. Just checked the commit history for a project I'm collaborating on and it turns out that my colleague's commit messages are along the following lines: "update" "update" "update" "update" "adding files" etc. *sigh*

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Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

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A research group I'm involved with are exploring the use of VR for data visualisation. This resulted in a team meeting in which I got stuck on the roof of a virtual building in Mozilla Hubs: blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sotel/202

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Interesting article about code reproducibility and the implications for the reproducibillity of science, AKA how can you ensure your code still works ten years later when computing environments have moved on? nature.com/articles/d41586-020

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