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Cleanweb Hackathon a Roma, eco-hacktivisti all’opera e green apps vincitrici

- December 2, 2012 in Ambiente, cleanweb, Events, green apps, hackathon, Open Data, roma. cleanweb, software, software development

Un green hack-weekend da paura si è concluso a Roma, qui un breve resoconto a cura di OKFN Italia. Cleanweb, l’hackathon globale a vocazione ecologica e ambientalista, dopo San Francisco e Los Angeles, è sbarcato a Roma venerdì 30 novembre alla Facoltà di Ingegneria dell’Università Roma Tre e si è concluso oggi, 2 dicembre. Si [...]

segnalazioni: Hack4School

- September 26, 2012 in hackaton, Riuso, scuola, software

Lorenzo Benussi, sulla mailing list Spaghetti Open Data, segnala Hack4School Si tratta di un workshop/hackathon organizzato dalla Camera di Commercio di Roma il collaborazione con il MIUR, che si terrà a Roma il 9 ottobre aperto a tutti per progettare soluzioni (apps, servizi, ecc.) per la scuola del futuro. L’iscrizione è libera (basta iscriversi) e [...]

Introduzione a PyBossa – la piattaforma open-source di micro-tasking

- June 8, 2012 in crowdsourcing, microtask, PyBossa, software

Nota: questo articolo è la traduzione di di Sam Leon Per un po’ di tempo la nostra Rrte ha lavorato su applicazioni, strumenti e piattaforme per il crowd-sourcing e micro-tasking. Alla fine dello scorso anno, abbiamo raccontato di una applicazione carina sviluppata durante un hackday a cui abbiamo dato nome Data Digitizer che veniva [...]

Open source development – how we are doing

- May 29, 2012 in BibServer, JISC OpenBib, jiscopenbib2, licensing, progress, progressPosts, projectMethodology, projectPlan, riskAnalysis, software, WIN, wp10, wp2, wp3, wp6, wp9

Whilst at Open Source Junction earlier this year, I talked to Sander van der Waal and Rowan Wilson about the problems of doing open source development. Sander and Rowan work at OSS watch, and their aim is to make sure that open source software development delivers its potential to UK HEI and research; so, I thought it would be good to get their feedback on how our project is doing, and if there is anything we are getting wrong or could improve on. It struck me that as other JISC projects such as ours are required to make their output similarly publicly available, this discussion may be of benefit to others; after all, not everyone knows what open source software is, let alone the complexities that can arise from trying to create such software. Whilst we cannot help avoid all such complexities, we can at least detail what we have found helpful to date, and how OSS Watch view our efforts. I provided Sander and Rowan a review of our project, and Rowan provided some feedback confirming that overall we are doing a good job, although we lack a listing of the other open source software our project relies on, and their licenses. Whilst such data can be discerned from the dependencies of the project, this is not clear enough; I will add a written list of dependencies to the README. The response we received is provided below, followed by the overview I initially provided, which gives a brief overview of how we managed our open source development efforts: ==== Rowan Wilson, OSS Watch, responds: Your work on this project is extremely impressive. You have the systems in place that we recommend for open development and creation of community around software, and you are using them. As an outsider I am able to quickly see that your project is active and the mailing list and roadmap present information about ways in which I could participate. One thing I could not find, although this may be my fault, is a list of third party software within the distribution. This may well be because there is none, but it’s something I would generally be keen to see for the purposes of auditing licence compatibility. Overall though I commend you on how tangible and visible the development work on this project is, and on the focus on user-base expansion that is evident on the mailing list. ==== Mark MacGillivray wrote: Background – May 2011, OKF / AIM bibserver project Open Knowledge Foundation contracted with American Institute of Mathematics under the direction of Jim Pitman in the dept. of Maths and Stats at UC Berkeley. The purpose of the project was to create an open source software repository named BibServer, and to develop a software tool that could be deployed by anyone requiring an easy way to put and share bibliographic records online. A repository was created at, and it performs the usual logging of commits and other activities expected of a modern DVCS system. This work was completed in September 2011, and the repository has been available since the start of that project with a GNU Affero GPL v3 licence attached. October 2011 – JISC Open Biblio 2 project The JISC Open BIblio 2 project chose to build on the open source software tool named BibServer. As there was no support from AIM for maintaining the BibServer repository, the project took on maintenance of the repository and all further development work, with no change to previous licence conditions. We made this choice as we perceive open source licensing as a benefit rather than a threat; it fit very well with the requirements of JISC and with the desires of the developers involved in the project. At worst, an owner may change the licence attached to some software, but even in such a situation we could continue our work by forking from the last available open source version (presuming that licence conditions cannot be altered retrospectively). The code continues to display the licence under which it is available, and remains publicly downloadable at Should this hosting resource become publicly unavailable, an alternative public host would be sought. Development work and discussion has been managed publicly, via a combination of the project website at, the issue tracker at, a project wiki at, and via a mailing list at February 2012 – JISC Open Biblio 2 offers beta service In February the JISC Open Biblio 2 project announced a beta service available online for free public use at The website runs an instance of BibServer, and highlights that the code is open source and available (linking to the repository) to anyone who wishes to use it. Current status We believe that we have made sensible decisions in choosing open source software for our project, and have made all efforts to promote the fact that the code is freely and publicly available. We have found the open source development paradigm to be highly beneficial – it has enabled us to publicly share all the work we have done on the project, increasing engagement with potential users and also with collaborators; we have also been able to take advantage of other open source software during the project, incorporating it into our work to enable faster development and improved outcomes. We continue to develop code for the benefit of people wishing to publicly put and share their bibliographies online, and all our outputs will continue to be publicly available beyond the end of the current project.

BibServer new functionality

- March 19, 2012 in announcement, JISC OpenBib, jiscopenbib2, progressPosts, software, wp6, wp7, wp8

During the sprint last week we made a lot of progress with the new functionality for version 0.5.0 – however, Etienne and I got so excited by some new ideas that we did not finish on time; apologies for the delay. We will be making the new version available over the course of this week, and will have it up and running on soon. Below is an overview of the new functionality you can expect to see over the course of the next week; we will write some blog posts about the various new capabilities, and this will tie in with the focus of the next sprint – doing docs, tests and issues (no new functionality).
  • editing of records and collections
  • merging collections from multiple sources
  • adding notes to records
  • much improved search UI
  • embed images in search results
  • better visualisation of collections
  • embeddable UI into other web pages via javascript
  • asynchronous parsing – you don’t have to hang on the page waiting for it to complete
  • feedback tickets from asynchronous parses
  • sharing collection admin rights with other users
  • new parser for NLM XML
  • new parser concept – search term gets pages from wikipedia, pulls citations from pages
  • capability to accept and run parsers written in different programming languages
  • browse site users for all the geeky discussions on technologies we use

- October 26, 2011 in code, fu, hacking, software, tech

i don't see at this moment place where we discuss topics like: javascript vs. coffeescript TDD, BDD hg, git or fossil continous integration, deployment, virtualization etc. for all the geeky discussions on technologies we use

- October 26, 2011 in code, fu, hacking, software, tech

i don't see at this moment place where we discuss topics like: javascript vs. coffeescript TDD, BDD hg, git or fossil continous integration, deployment, virtualization etc.

Bibliographica gadget in Wikipedia

- June 6, 2011 in Bibliographic, inf11, jisc, JISC OpenBib, jiscEXPO, jiscLMS, jiscopenbib, News, OKFN Openbiblio, progress, progressPosts, Semantic Web, software

What is a wikipedia gadget? Thinking of ways to show the possibilities of linked data, we have made a Wikipedia gadget, making use of a great resource the Wikimedia developers give to the community. Wikipedia gadgets are small pieces of code you can add to your Wikipedia user templates, and allow you to add more functionality and render more information when you browse wikipedia pages. In our case, we wanted to retrieve information from our bibliographica site to render in Wikipedia, and so as the pages are rendered with specific markup we can use the ISBN numbers present on the wikipedia articles to make consults to the bibliographica database, in a way similar to what Mark has done with the Edinburgh International Science Festival. offers an isbn search endpoint at, so if we ask for the page we receive [{"issued": "1981-01-01T00:00:00Z", "publisher": {"name": "Hamilton"}, "uri": "", "contributors": [{"name": "Boyd, William, 1952-"}], "title": "A good man in Africa"}] I can use this information to make a window pop up with more information about works when we hover their ISBNs on the Wikipedia pages. If my user templates has the bibliographica gadget, every time I open a wiki page the script will ask information about all the ISBNs the page has to our database. If something is found, it will render a frame around the ISBN numbers: And if I hover over them, I see a window with information about the book: Get the widget So, if you want to have this widget, first you need to create an account in the wikipedia, and then change your default template to add the JavaScript snippet. Once you do this (instructions here ) you will be able to get the information available in bibliographica about the books. Next steps By now, the interaction goes in just one direction. Later on, we will be able to feed that information back to Bibliographica.