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A guide to commissioning software part 1: The advantages of agile development

This is the  first post in a series about commissioning software from agile developers, and working effectively with them. Subsequent posts will deal with a number of topics, concentrating on how clients can maximise benefit to themselves by selecting an appropriate company to undertake the development, and how to best work with the developers. What […]

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Robust systems

How pleasing to have a potential client, a developer who knows us and our work well, sitting in our office, discussing a startup and work for the startup, saying words to the effect of: “I’m sitting here talking about this job because I know the systems you build are robust.” Thanks @spotlightkid, you made my […]

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The FishDelish Project: Open linked data for species description

Events today made me realise that we never blogged about FishDelish here, a project that we performed June 2010 to July 2011, in partnership with the University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science (UMCS) and the FishBase Information and Research Group Inc (FIN), a not-for-profit NGO.

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Finished Jorum contracts

Hedtek are pleased to announce that they have finished their third contract for Jorum, an Open Educational Resource repository run by Mimas, a JISC funded National Data Centre. As the major part of that work we designed and developed a very clean user interface to replace Jorum’s rather arcane and frustrating user interface. The new […]

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Hedtek’s new developer blog and some newly open sourced gems

Announcing that we’ve started a developer blog for notes on the technologies we use, experiments we have performed, etc. One post is on Ember.js , which we are using in a current development project.  As part of that project, we have recently open sourced four gems that we are using to help us deploy Ember in […]

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Work in progress for Jorum

Jorum is a national repository that provides Open Educational Resources. Over the past five months, JISC has been funding Jorum to engage in extensive technical work aimed at bringing a better user experience to Jorum’s users. This post, adapted from a post written for the Jorum blog, describes work we’ve been engaged in to assist in bringing […]

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DSpace REST API testing

While funded by JISC via Mimas, Hedtek has recently providing assistance to Jorum, the UK’s Open Educational Resources repository; this varies from architectural to development assistance that is aimed at transforming the Jorum user experience. Jorum is built on the DSpace repository, and part of our work involves building a new front end to Jorum. For […]

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#uniproj and #wikiquals

Here I am at the University Project weekend in London, sitting with Fred Garnett, blogging at the wikiquals table in the ‘Pro action cafe‘ where we are talking about learners self-organising and self-certifying their qualifications. We’ve just had a few rounds of people throwing around and discussing ideas of where wikiquals should go/be/do. So as […]

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Playing with OpenURL Router Data

Tony Hirst recently posted on experimenting with processing a reasonably large data set with *NIX command line tools. The data set is the recently published OpenURL Router Data. Inspired by this post I wondered what I could hack up in Ruby to process the same data, and if I could do this processing without a […]

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JISC personalisation projects survey and synthesis

Hedtek and Sero Consulting Ltd were recently commissioned by JISC to perform a survey and synthesis of the outputs of JISC-funded  personalisation projects. The results of this work appear at A total of 25 funded projects were examined. Project outputs included analysis, user research, prototyping, service development and examination of key technical and operational issues. […]

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