Notes in Advance of a Meeting About The Possibility of Getting an Institutional Jupyter Server Up and Running

Notes on Jupyter Deployments in an OU Context. Notes made in advance of an internal workshop to discuss supporting “Jupyter notebooks” in the OU. My intention is to split the content over several documents. Needless to say, I think “notebooks” are both: a) not really the point; b) offer way more potential for doing all … Continue reading “Notes in Advance of a Meeting About The Possibility of Getting an Institutional Jupyter Server Up and Running”

Rethinking: Distance Education === Bring Your Own Device?

In passing, an observation… Many OU modules require students to provide their own computer subject to a university wide “minimum computer specificiation” policy. This policy is a cross-platform one (students can run Windows, Mac or Linux machines) but does allow students to run quite old versions of operating systems. Because some courses require students to … Continue reading “Rethinking: Distance Education === Bring Your Own Device?”

Deconstructing the TM351 Virtual Computing Environment via VS Code

For 2020J, which is to say, the 2020 October presentation, of our TM351 Data Management and Analysis course, we’ve deprecated the original VirtualBox packaged virtual machine and moved to a monolithic Docker container that packages all the required software applications and services (a Jupyer notebook server, postgres and mongoDB database servers, and OpenRefine). As with … Continue reading “Deconstructing the TM351 Virtual Computing Environment via VS Code”

Fragment: A Personal Take on Anaconda

Anaconda is a cross-platform (Windows / Mac OS X / Linux) Python distribution developed commercially by Continuum Analytics, Inc. and built around the conda package management system. It is available as a free open source individual edition (docs), as well as various commercial editions. The distribution includes: a comprehensive scientific computing stack (including things like … Continue reading “Fragment: A Personal Take on Anaconda”