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BBC Learning - Open Lab

BBC Learning - Open Lab
For those who don’t know me, I’m a researcher for BBC Research & Development. For the last fifteen months I’ve been on attachment with BBC Scotland learning about how R&D interfaces with production divisions. Prior to my attachment I worked closely with Ian on Backstage events such as the Edinburgh Un-Festival and Over the Air so now I’m back in the fold I’ve been asked to work with a small team on the closedown and migration of BBC Backstage. A few weeks have passed since the announcement that Backstage is due to close. It’s taken a while to get up to speed but recently we’ve really started to get a clear idea on what we need to do to close down Backstage in a way that preserves its legacy and continues to support its community. Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ve been up to. At the moment we’re working our way through the current website to working out which projects are still live. To help commemorate Backstage we’ll be producing a retrospective ebook at the end of the year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/bbcbackstage/

Nation's GDP The index predicts future real GDP growth (gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation) based on 11 leading economic and financial indicators. Four of the 11 indicators were positive in July, up from three in June. Positive indicators include hours worked, real capital goods orders, the real money supply and light-vehicle sales, all of which increased. Negative indicators include declines in building permits, stock prices, ISM export orders and the yield curve.

Design and branding news The creative community loses a multi-talented inspiration. Designer, author, and filmmaker Hillman Curtis sadly passed away on April 18th after a three year battle with cancer. At only 51, Curtis leaves behind an impressive body of work which includes numerous award-winning short films and the feature-length film Ride, Rise, Road about David Byrne and Brian Eno. Curtis is perhaps best known for his popular Artist Series, which was ongoing from 2005 and featured designers like Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, and David Carson.

logTool: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Online Surfing Behavior logTool [onformative.com] is a data visualization tool that displays your online activity, based on data from the powerful network packet sniffing tool Carnivore. By analyzing the different IP addresses and ports, the visualization is able to determine and represent what kind of application or service sends or receives the packets. Developed for the magazine Weave, logTool was used to digest the surfing behavior of several interaction designers, artists and developers. Education Mozilla Education links academia and Mozilla. It is a place where educators can find the resources and help necessary to teach open source collaboration and skills for the open web. It is a resource for students who wish to make real world contributions in Mozilla development.

Jobs growth forecast Economic consulting firm Moody's Analytics has forecasted U.S. job growth by geographic region and by industry. This interactive was updated Aug. 27, 2012. We will update it each month. This graphic shows actual job growth through second-quarter 2012 and Moody's Analytics' forecasted job growth for third-quarter 2012 through second-quarter 2016. It covers every state, the District of Columbia and 384 metro areas, broken down by fourteen industry sectors. Data journalism at the Guardian: what is it and how do we do it? Data journalism. What is it and how is it changing? Photograph: Alamy Here's an interesting thing: data journalism is becoming part of the establishment. Not in an Oxbridge elite kind of way (although here's some data on that) but in the way it is becoming the industry standard.

Weave Data Tutorial Weave Data TutorialTutorial for Weave Magazine 03.10 about visualizing network data Client: Weave Magazine / Page publisher We all use twitter, write emails, skype and blog all day long. free university lectures - computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry Whether your goal is to earn a promotion, graduate at the top of your class, or just accelerate your life, lectures can help get you there. Our archives of lectures cover a huge range of topics and have all been handpicked and carefully designed by experienced instructors throughout the world who are dedicated to helping you take the next step toward meeting your career goals. Lifelong learns can turn their free time turn into self-improvement time.

BBC News BBC launched an informative multimedia package titled “Mapping UK’s Teen Murder Toll” right before Christmas. I wasn’t in the mood to talk about death around the holidays, so I decided to put this project off until the new year. As we jump head first into January, I would now like to highlight BBC for their great use of data visualization in this latest project. BBC’s package is divided into four sections: a text overview, the database of victims, victim-map mashup, and a slew of statistics. This project reminds me of LA Times’ homicide map, which I wrote about in a previous post. Live map of London Underground trains Loading... Powered by Leaflet — Map tiles © Thunderforest, data © OpenStreetMap contributors. Live London Underground map Libres Savoirs" November 2003, ParisTech launched an ambitious project to promote, gather and give free access to the largest number of courses materials from the then 11 member Instituts : " ParisTech Libres Savoirs " meaning literally "ParisTech free Knowleges". This is the main goal of the ParisTech Graduate School website. December 2008, thes website underwent a major evolution; now it offers on one hand access to Open Course Ware and PhD Thesis and on the other hand the homogeneous institutional display of all the Credits, Training programs and Books written by faculty members. The whole website content is structured and can be searched according to the leftmost column containing the ten main fields of scientific expertise of ParisTech.

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