Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Big data: are we making a big mistake? – FT.com ““There are a lot of small data problems that occur in big data,” says Spiegelhalter. “They don’t disappear because you’ve got lots of the stuff. They get worse.” “ tags: weekly data bigdata statistics complexity On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a God – Magical thinking will help us navigate cyberspace. #thoughtvectors “They are universes of pure imagination.” “”In the magical worldview, the world is kind of like a language. If you know the spells or the signs or the symbols you can effect change.” Hard physics has discredited that soft outlook, “but with cyberspace and technology and the Internet it’s a human space, or it’s all a constructed space. And on its most basic level, it’s constructed of language.” Maybe not English, but computer code.” tags: weekly psychology magic internet thoughtvectors tweet Why Scientists Need to Learn How to Share “THE EDITORS OF THE Public Library of Science (PLOS) family of scientific journals recently decided to give their authors much more specific instructions for sharing data. They announced that “authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article.” They defined data as “any and all of the digital materials that are collected and analyzed in the pursuit of scientific advances,” and now require […]


OER Presentation

I gave a variation of a talk I’ve given before about all the stuff on the web that ought to be considered both educational and open. My rather blurry definition of open is that I can link to it on the Internet without a password- from there it’s degrees of openness towards Nirvana. I may be getting towards some elements that I think matter in the selfies series of links and with the Shorpy photo becoming a writing prompt randomizer thanks to interactions with Luke Neff. They both start to grow and change based on input, then interaction, and then creation. Anyway, there may be some stuff that’s useful to someone and since I went to all the trouble of writing it down I might as well make it visible.

Biology Field Journal – Gravity Forms + Google Maps for WordPress

Turns out this won’t work for what I originally planned but the pattern is sound. You can see the form here and examples of the form submissions here. You’ll need Gravity Forms (pay but well worth it) and Google Maps for WordPress but the idea should work for all kinds things. The original goal was to have structured posts from students and the ability to associate those posts with a point on Google Maps. After turning on the plugins, all the work is done in Gravity Forms. Initially, make a text entry fields for latitude and separate text field for longitude. Add all the other fields you want in the mix. In this case we added some categories to do with the environment, plant descriptions etc. Gravity Forms is fairly unique in that it has post elements for WP built in. I added the Post Body and Post Title fields at the bottom. Now we just need to create the content template that’ll mix our variables into the body of the post.   You’ll notice in the image above that when  you mouse over an element it displays the Field ID – in this case 2. That’s important as to add this field you’ll need to reference both the title and the field ID like so {Latitude:2}. The image below […]