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R and Google Spreadsheets (and the context)

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R and Google spreadsheets are powerful partners for verification, exploration and delivery of data to people in communities and organizations. Recently I wrote a convenience wrapper around the gs_upload function in Jenny Bryan’s wonderful googlesheets package.

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Access to a world of practice

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How communities of practice give us access to observing, orienting, deciding, and acting in a world of practice. Happy Corner, where the tailors studied by Jean Lave (2011) worked in the 1970′s, was a remarkable community of practice.

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Where is “the us” in the nework?

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I’m always on the lookout for how technology changes “being together” — especially how it can change the sense of a group and of our “place” in a group. For that, NodeXL and Twitter have real possibilities.

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Moving from delicious to evernote

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Over the years I’ve accumulated more than 1,000 links in [link]. Delicious (in its various versions) was my preferred tool for storing, retrieving, and sharing bookmarks. Far better than bookmarking things in a browser.

Mapping a community – easy and not-so-easy

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I’m resonating with how Joitske Hulsebosch has organized “ Tools for social network analysis from beginners to advanced levels.” ” It’s always safer when you can start at “the shallow end of the pool” and get into deeper and deeper water as you go.

Two handy perl scripts

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Here are two handy Perl scripts that I’ve developed, one of them some years ago and the other a few weeks ago. This zip file perl-scripts-prp-and-csplit contains a “readme.txt”, the Perl scripts and sample input files. The prp.pl script scoops up many files and does many global search and replace edits in place using character strings in a patterns file that you specify.

Adding email notification to Google Forms and Google Spreadsheets

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This idea and the code to implement it may be useful in other settings, but I developed it in the context of supporting a community with a largely volunteer organization at its center. At least in my mind the code comes from a point of view.

So then she said X

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John W. Tukey said something about how valuable it is to think about the world while pawing through a set of data: that’s the essence of “exploratory data analysis.”

A vision with legs – that grows

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Photo: WhiteHorse.com "The Future of In-Aisle Mobile, A Framework for Consumer-Centered Innovation" This post gathers the #chifoo Twitter feed from a presentation by Will Reese ( @willreese ) at CHIFOO on July 13, 2011.

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Business models for communities

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It may be situated, but learning happens all over the place. One of the useful things that a community of practice does for us is to provide some useful boundaries for our attention.

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Feedback from the Cascadia R Conference participants

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I helped organize the Cascadia R Conference on June 3, 2017. About 190 people attended the all-day conference. I volunteered to do the conference evaluation questionnaire and to analyze the results.

Dogged pursuit of data quality and use

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Data Dogs notes – Jan 2, 2017 – https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Data-Science-Group/events/236078570/. Challenge question: describe three measurements that you are familiar with at each of these three levels 1) personal, 2) very large scale, and 3) in between.

Community – organization difference

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Since I did a talk at CHIFOO last May , I continue to think about situations where a community and an organization coincide or are closely intertwined.

Tools for a Hack Oregon project

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A Hack Oregon project is fun and you get to make a contribution. In a project like the Oregon Hunger Equation last spring, everyone is figuring out both how to have fun and collaborate during the length of the project at the same time.

Schmoozing with Portland Data Scientists

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Here are the topics that Portland R Users say they are interested in: I’m interested in those topics, too. And the several other data science MeetUps have similar topic profiles.

Download our book for free

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It is hard to believe we finished “ Digital Habitat: Stewarding technology for communities ” back in 2009 (after working on it off and on for 5 years). Seven years later the book is still selling on Amazon. And we hear that people still actually use it, even though the whole technology ecology has changed so much. . As of December 2016, we have decided to make the full publication available FREE! So now you have the following electronic options. But feel free to keep buying too!).

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Learning about fast learning

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Sean Murphy and I have been experimenting with a form of fast learning — and figuring out what we’re doing as we go along. We’ve evolved from thinking of it as a clinic to something else. The current tag that I’m using on Twitter and in Evernote is mvpOODA.

Community questions and possibilities from a little data

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Do we ever use all the data that’s out there (and that we generate every day) for the benefit of our communities? How could the data that we generate help our communities see themselves in new or more useful ways?

Walking around it to find a problem’s shape

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Working together and staying in touch over more than ten years, Sean Murphy and I have tried a lot of different ways of learning together, from each other and from others. We kept at it and learned from our experience, and we’ve been able to help clients learn.

Reporting on my sabbatical in Shambhala

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Last week Nancy White and I were in “the hot seat” for the Networked Learning Conference. We decided to talk about blind spots – those things that are right in front of us but for some reason we just don’t see them. Actions built on untested or aged assumptions.

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Last week Nancy White and I were in “the hot seat” for the Networked Learning Conference. We decided to talk about blind spots – those things that are right in front of us but for some reason we just don’t see them. Actions built on untested or aged assumptions.

Learning, its context, and me

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A conversation in a bar the other day made me pull out Understanding Practice: Perspectives on Activity and Context (1995).

Meaning of “the only thing that could have happened”

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In an open space conference like the Community Leadership Summit , according to Harrison Owen’s second principle of Open Space Technology, “Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.”

Writing up what we learn leading the Foundations Workshop

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(Cross-posted from CPsquare.). There’s a steady amount of experimentation that we do in the Foundations of Communities of Practice workshop.

Watching videos together in a Google Hangout with CPsquare

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This is cross-posted from CPsquare.org … My fellow-conspirator Sylvia Currie posted a reflection on her blog , too.

Minimum viable process-practice-platform-product

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Sean Murphy and I are continuing to explore the process whereby entrepreneurs and innovators figure out what the minimum viable P (process or practice or platform or product) could be. The idea is that the viable P enables further development and learning. Without a viable P (that’s fully social) we have blind spots that are insurmountable. So that first step is really important.

Learning in and around a “known community”

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I was recently hired by the KM4Dev core group to synthesise the results of the three completed tasks and to provide an analysis of insights and recommendations to KM4Dev as to how it could further develop. We agreed that I would write up process notes on my blog, so I expect to write several posts with observations about KM4Dev and what I learn doing this project.

What a webinar can prove

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On Monday I did a webinar for a group that Joitske Hulseboch and Sibrenne Wagenaar have been leading on social media for professionals in The Netherlands. I’ve posted the slides here. We had interesting difficulties with the audio side of the webinar. If professionals like us encounter such difficulties, imagine what it’s like for “beginners”! (It

Yi-Tan tech and business model case study

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Jerry Michalski put out a call for past author / presenters to show up and talk about what’s changed since they talked on his weekly phone call in observance of the 300th call.

Not just one kind of learning

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Next week Nancy White and I are doing a talk at USAID on “ Keeping Our Eye Out for Learning: How to identify learning practices and leverage them more strategically ” We are inviting people to step back and consider a wider range of learning as a step toward asking what, exactly, learning is (and how to do it)? Learning is hard to pin down because it doesn’t just happen in the classroom or the laboratory or in any specific place.

Evolving Skype interface

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I’ve written before about finding the Skype mute button because it’s hard to explain to people during a call (especially when they are the possible source of noise). Now Skype has reorganized and improved its interface.

Community Leadership Summit

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I went to an the Community Leadership Summit un-conference on Saturday. Lots of familiar Portland faces and only one session I went to was a dud. That’s a pretty good average!

Tech steward meet tech mentor

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Recently I finished a remarkably useful book: Mizuko Ito, et al. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning With New Media (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009).

A textbook case

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From my perspective we wrote Digital Habitats as a call to action (and reflection) more than anything else. So it’s a bit ironic to see it used as a textbook, at least for me, being so skeptical about exactly what kind of learning is going on in schools. But actually it’s pretty cool.

Cantilever out from the known

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Several people from the Fall 2009 Foundations of Communities of Practice workshop have continued meeting every few months to catch up with each other, find out what people are working on, and swap stories.

Digital Habitats for project teams

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Kathy Milhauser mentioned that she assigned Digital Habitats to students in a course on globally distributed project teams. That got me thinking about the difference between a project team and a community as far as their digital habitat is concerned.

Skype as a community platform

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You probably already know that Skype is a great tool – especially for community leaders. If you are a technology steward, it’s not only a great tool but it’s also a handy example for illustrating some of the use and integration issues that we have to deal with and be able to talk about.

Kindle edition of Digital Habitats

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It has been a while in coming! People have been asking about an e-book version of Digital Habitats since it was published almost 3 years ago! It seems logical, given that technology is a central theme of the book. Especially when it’s been assigned as reading in a class or workshop and people have scruples about using paper. Now Digital Habitats is now available in a Kindle edition for $9.99: [link].

Tagging and face-to-face events

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Face-to-face conferences aren’t what they used to be and that’s ok with me.

Technologies for a farming community in Africa

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Last week at the KM4Dev conference in Brussels , I struck up a conversation with Joseph Sikeku, who talked about community leadership and technology stewardship in a radically different setting: a radio station in Tanzania.