Web Development (ISC 325)
- Head First HTML5. Freeman. (O’Reilly). Required
Data Mining (ISC 420 – note new course number)
Using the White House petition system, the People asked to “Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research”. A few days ago, the White House responded, and took it a bit farther with “Increasing Public Access to the Results of Scientific Research“. So, they’re proposing not just access to the journal articles but also the data. The recommendation follows the NIH model (requiring open access to data) but sadly, applies only to research of more than $100m.
To that end, I have issued a memorandum today (.pdf) to Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the results of federally-funded research publically available free of charge within 12 months after original publication.
I got a legitimate belly laugh from this site today. I hope it doesn’t go away (or get fixed) — here’s what happens when you use HTML +1 or proportional size tags for your fonts and forget to close them. Each font gets progressively larger, “until the greatest website in the world is achieved” as BoingBoing put it on their coverage of this awesome piece of work.
Rep Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) is sponsoring a bill to make it no longer a felony to breach a tech contract, such as a “terms of service” that no one ever reads. Support it.
Found this fun link today: Code School for R. If I had known about this BEFORE my data mining class, that would have been helpful. I just completed chapter 1 and got my first badge. Pretty fun.
Web Of Data has an explanation of MapReduce that is so simple, anyone can understand it, even kids hopped up on Halloween candy.
My students used Twitter feeds & R (twitteR package, ggplot) to produce sentiment distributions for six American carriers at 2:00pm on Tuesday 30-Oct.
Higher scores are “better” sentiment (happier customers).
This particular graph only used 1000 tweets per airline. We started with this tutorial.