What Are JISC’s Funding Priorities?

I’ve just got back home from a rather wonderful week away at the JISC Developer Happiness Days (dev8D), getting a life (of a sort?!;-) so now it’s time to get back to the blog… My head’s still full of things newly learned from the last few days, so while I digest it, here’s a quick … Continue reading “What Are JISC’s Funding Priorities?”

HEFCE Grant Funding, in Pictures

Somehow earlier today I managed to pop open a tab in browser pointing to the HEFCE funding allocation spreadsheets for 2009/2010 (maybe from twitter? It’s been one of those days where losing track has been the norm!): HEFCE Core funding/operation (Allocation of funds, Recurrent grants for 2009-10). So I thought, like you do, how much … Continue reading “HEFCE Grant Funding, in Pictures”

Does Funding Equal Happiness in Higher Education?

[The service used to create the visualisations mentioned in this post has been closed down. To search over recent (2013 intake) Guardian HE data, see this: Guardian Student Rankings] With the announcement of the amount of funding awarded to UK Higher Education institutions from HEFCE, the government funding body, several people posted me links to … Continue reading “Does Funding Equal Happiness in Higher Education?”

Using Many Eyes Wikified to Visualise Guardian Data Store Data on Google Docs

Last week, I posted a quick demo of how to visualise data stored in a Google spreadsheet in Many Eyes Wikified (HEFCE Grant Funding, in Pictures). The data I used was the latest batch of HEFCE teaching funding data, but Joss soon tweeted to say he’d got Research funding data up on Google spreadsheets, and … Continue reading “Using Many Eyes Wikified to Visualise Guardian Data Store Data on Google Docs”

My Guardian OpenPlatform API’n’Data Hacks’n’Mashups Roundup

Over the last week or two, I’ve put together a handful of hacks demonstrating how to do various mashup related things using the Guardian open data on Google spreadsheets, and the open platform content API. So here’s a quick summary – think of it as a single post mashup uncourse… ;-) Just as way of … Continue reading “My Guardian OpenPlatform API’n’Data Hacks’n’Mashups Roundup”

A Fair Use, or Not…? Visualising the THES UK Higher Education Pay Survey Data

Last week, Alan tweeted a challenge of sorts about me doing something to the academics’ pay data referred to in the THES article Pay packets of excellence. The data (Vice Chancellors pay in UK HEIs, and acadmics’ pay across UK HEIs) was published via two separate PDF documents, and “compiled and audited by Grant Thornton … Continue reading “A Fair Use, or Not…? Visualising the THES UK Higher Education Pay Survey Data”

Visualising Where the Money Goes: Westminster Quangos, Part 1

My tweetwatching has been a little sporadic of late, so I haven’t really been keeping up with the data sets that keep being posted to the Guardian Datablog, but today I had a quick skim through some of the recent uploads and had my eye caught by a post about funding of UK government quangos … Continue reading “Visualising Where the Money Goes: Westminster Quangos, Part 1”

Visualising Where the Money Goes: Westminster Quangos, Part 2

One of the things I try to impress on folk whenever I do a talk about web stats is how showing charts of mean (that is, simple averages) numbers of visitors or time on site is all but useless, because the actual distribution of values is not likely to be normal, and so the simple … Continue reading “Visualising Where the Money Goes: Westminster Quangos, Part 2”

A Rosetta Stone for Guardian Datastore UK Higher Education Data

In Does Funding Equal Happiness in Higher Education?, I described a couple of interactive visualisations that are built up around a dataset that pools data from several of the Guardian datastore Higher Education datasets. In this post, I’ll show how that aggregated dataset was put together, and review some of the problems that the approach … Continue reading “A Rosetta Stone for Guardian Datastore UK Higher Education Data”

Time for data.ac.uk? Or a local data.open.ac.uk?

Over a swift half at the end of the rather wonderful Liver’n’Mash, Mike Nolan chatted through some of his thoughts around his presentation on data.ac.uk that I hadn’t been able to get to see. From looking back over Mike’s presentation slides, he seems to be advocating “let’s do what we can, as soon as possible”, … Continue reading “Time for data.ac.uk? Or a local data.open.ac.uk?”