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  • At CodeClan, we’ve been busy bridging the digital skills gap along the Forth and the Clyde. Our CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson explains why the Ness is next! When CodeClan was founded back in 2015, our mission was simple: help to close Scotland’s digital skills gap. We started training our first cohort of students in Edinburgh and […] The post Highlands here we come! appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Tue 27th Nov by CodeClan
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    Posted Wed 28th Nov by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • Try and makes sense of the new MacBook line up with another Edinburgh macMacDev! macMacDevs[228] will be held at Akva, 129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG on Monday 12 November 2018 from 19:30 until whenever. Turn up, talk code, predict which Mac will be first without Intel inside. If you’re planning on coming along, please let
    Posted Mon 12th Nov by MacMacDev
  • Hi everyone, Our final meeting for 2018 will be held on Wednesday 21st of November, from 5.30pm. The venue is David Hume Tower, room LG.09 (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! Our first guest speaker this month will be Dr Michael Spencer, data scientist and hydrologist at Scotland’s Rural College. He will be talking about GIS and R, and proposing some answers to the following question: Data Science and GIS (handout here, slides to follow) There’s a lot of buzz around spatial data science. The sf package has made some great progress in undertaking traditional GIS tasks within R. But where are the limits of R in spatial work and what role does traditional desktop GIS software have to play in our workflow? Our second speaker will be Dr Christophe Ladroue, senior statistical software programmer at Quantics, UK. He will be discussing: Debugging with RStudio (see code example here) Using print s...
    Posted Sat 10th Nov by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • The Online Identity Assurance team held its third and final Stakeholder Group meeting of 2018 this week, bringing together a wide range of people with interest in our work. The meeting, chaired by Scottish Government’s Chief Data Officer Roger Halliday at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, brought together 15 individuals from our Stakeholder Group, 11 who... The post Online Identity Assurance – Thank you stakeholders appeared first on Digital.
    Posted Thu 1st Nov by Scottish Government

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  • Hi everyone, Our upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 24h of October, from 5.30pm. The venue is Lecture Theatre 5 in Appleton Tower (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! I am delighted to announce that our first guest speaker this month will be John Mertic, Director for R Consortium on behalf of the Linux Foundation. He will be discussing: Sustainable Community Investment in Action A Look at Some of the R Consortium Funded Grant Projects and Working Groups (slides here) Linux Foundation R Consortium has funded over $500,000 USD to R community members improving the community and technical infrastructure for the benefit of the R ecosystem. In addition, the working groups program has worked to drive discussion and alignment on key areas such as industry adoption, package health, and educational standards. In this talk, we will showcase several of the working groups and funded projects stewarded by...
    Posted Mon 22nd Oct by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Hi everyone, Our upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 24h of October, from 5.30pm. The venue is Lecture Theatre 5 in Appleton Tower (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome. I am delighted to announce that our guest speaker this month will be John Mertic, Director for R Consortium on behalf of the Linux Foundation. He will be discussing: Sustainable Community Investment in Action A Look at Some of the R Consortium Funded Grant Projects and Working Groups Linux Foundation R Consortium has funded over $500,000 USD to R community members improving the community and technical infrastructure for the benefit of the R ecosystem. In addition, the working groups program has worked to drive discussion and alignment on key areas such as industry adoption, package health, and educational standards. In this talk, we will showcase several of the working groups and funded projects stewarded by R Consortium. This w...
    Posted Sun 30th Sep by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Coding events for all ages to help build confidence and digital skills this September. National Coding Week returns to CodeClan from 17th September, a chance for anyone’s who’s been thinking of trying to code (and maybe a few who have never considered it) to come along to events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Prosecco & Programming Our […] The post Write your first line of code this National Coding Week appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Fri 7th Sep by CodeClan
  • Just over a year ago, CodeBase Stirling flung open its doors to welcome a new batch of startups and scaleups. It was the foundation stone of what is hoped will grow into a thriving startup community. Twelve months on and we’re heading in the right direction. It’s perhaps time, then, to look at the lessons learned from the experience of building a startup community from scratch.
    Posted Tue 4th Sep by CodeBase
  • Hi everyone, Our upcoming meeting will be held one week earlier than usual, on Wednesday 12th of September, from 5.00pm. The venue is 50 George Square, room G.06 (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome - and that includes the pub trip afterwards. Our first speaker is Alastair Kerr, Bioinformatics Core Facility Manager (Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh). He will be presenting to us a short: Demo on R plumber R Markdown and R Shiny facilitate R-programmers to communicate their data and ideas to other people. But how can R code and data be made interoperable with other computers and programming languages? Representational State Transfer (REST), is a common standard that enables RESTful applications to communicate over HTTP and is found in many web services. The R package plumber adds this functionality easily to existing R code. I will explain what you need to know about cre...
    Posted Sun 2nd Sep by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Hi everyone, Curtis Kephart has kindly sent me some extra material following his recent talk on R Markdown. Below you’ll find a wealth of information, from R Markdown and Shiny code demos you can adapt to your own purposes, to deployed examples, and documentation & tutorials. The talk itself was based on Enterprise Dashboards with R Markdown. Enjoy the pictures from the event and all the resources below! 1/7 2/7 3/7 4/7 5/7 6/7 7/7 ❮ ❯ The GitHub repo here contains all the code demoed at the meeting, and more! R Markdown R Markdown tutorial Example R Markdown code Example deployed to HTML Excel spreadsheet + R Markdown with the openxlsx package Intro to parameterized R Markdown documents, with Rmd code included above (see YAML). In...
    Posted Sun 19th Aug by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Last week saw the return of Prewired's Summer Hack to CodeBase Edinburgh. The idea is simple: A week where young people can get together to learn about a particular problem set, and build a software (or this year, also hardware) solution to help solve those problems.
    Posted Thu 2nd Aug by CodeBase
  • This month we're joined by Neil Stevenson from Hazelcast
    Posted Wed 26th Sep by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • Hi everyone, As it turns out, we will have a meeting in August after all! So I hope you’re back from holiday, because Curtis Kephart from RStudio is visiting Scotland around that time, and has offered to come give a talk. Until recently, Curtis was an academic economist, but at the moment he is working as Community Organizer at RStudio - which he will be able to share more about himself! Specifically, the upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th of August, at 4.00pm (notice the slightly earlier start due to university timetabling issues). The venue is the Psychology Building in 7 George Square, room F.21. As usual, the meeting is open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! If you want to join us, can you please let me know in this Google Form, as I’d like to get an idea of numbers. [FYI, all data is anonymous unless you provide contact details yourself as comments, and you will not need to log in to a Google account either]. So, Curtis will be discu...
    Posted Wed 25th Jul by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • When considering a pilot project for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation almost two years ago, working with the digital/tech sector in Edinburgh made total sense, writes Craig Dutton. The sector was booming – the City of Edinburgh saw the fifth highest growth in digital jobs across the UK’s tech clusters between 2010 and 2014 with... Read More The post How we helped reduce barriers to employment with Get DigitALL appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Wed 18th Jul by CodeClan
  • When considering a pilot project for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation almost two years ago, working with the digital/tech sector in Edinburgh made sense, writes Craig Dutton. The sector was booming – the City of Edinburgh saw the fifth highest growth in digital jobs across the UK’s tech clusters between 2010 and 2014 with more […] The post How we helped reduce barriers to employment with Get DigitALL appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Wed 18th Jul by CodeClan
  • Wednesday falls on a Monday for the second time in a row
    Posted Mon 30th Jul by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • Hi everyone, This month’s meeting will be the last one during this academic year! We’ll be on hiatus until September, but meanwhile (and as usual), we’re very interested in finding speakers for future sessions. So please let us know if you have an R topic you’d like to present. The upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th of July, at 5.30pm. The venue is the Psychology Building, room S1, in 7 George Square (kindly supported by The Data Lab; see map below). By the way, don’t be put off by the road work in front of the building - the entrance is still accessible. Our meetings are open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! Our first speaker is Dr. Russell Hyde, research associate within the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre. He has been working on his very own R package, which he will be presenting to us: Polyply package (slides here) Briefly, polyply allows you to do dplyr-type commands over a list of heterogeneous data frames. I mostly use...
    Posted Tue 10th Jul by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Based in Edinburgh, Wallet.Services are on a mission to harness the benefits of Blockchain technology to streamline, simplify and secure digital life. Find out how CodeClan graduates are helping. Watch the video: Read the transcript: About Wallet.Services Stewart, Chief Product Officer: “My name’s Stewart Pavitt. I’m the Chief Product Officer for Wallet.Services. Wallet.Services is building […] The post Meet our partners: Wallet.Services appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Thu 21st Jun by CodeClan
  • Our warriors of the water have defeated our arch rivals, The Forge (and several small children) to power to victory at the annual canal raft race. In a fine display of water-craftmanship, our team paddled our fine creation Dragonana through three heats to glorious win. With the rain lashing down, and The Forge’s 10 metre Read more about Edinburgh Hacklab goes bananas at the Union Canal Raft Race
    Posted Sun 17th Jun by Edinburgh Hacklab
  • Hello, I am pleased to say that following my Shiny code demo from a previous EdinbR meeting, I am now able to share a more generic version of the code - see link below. Because I do not own the associated data, I am not able to include that as well - however the script alone should hopefully be enough to demonstrate various things you can achieve in Shiny. Prior to visualising the data within the Shiny app, it underwent some cleaning and transformations. Then, I used the stplanr package (as well as the GraphHopper routing engine) to create the spatial lines connecting the origins and destinations for each unique journey. After these preliminary steps (which are not included in the code below), I was able to move on to creating the Shiny app itself, which looks roughly like this: 1/3 Leaflet map (blurred): the thicker/'redder' the route, the more travelled it is. 2/3 Data table output tab 3/3 visNetwork output tab ❮ ❯...
    Posted Fri 15th Jun by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Hi everyone, This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th of June, at 5.30pm, in room S.1, 7 George Square (kindly supported by The Data Lab; see map below). As usual, the meeting will be followed by drinks and chat in the Potting Shed. Our meetings are open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! Our speaker is Dr. Peter McKenna, whose research interests lie in the psychological and societal impact of technology. This includes the mediatory effects of videogame play on cognition, human-robot interaction, and technologies for special populations such as individuals with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). Peter is currently a research associate on the EPSRC funded SoCoRo project. He and the team are developing a socially competent robot to teach adults with an ASD social and employment skills. In this talk, he will be telling us about: Tidyverse methods for HRI research (slides here) One of the challenges in Human-robot interaction (HRI) research is sy...
    Posted Wed 13th Jun by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • A huge thank you to Skyscanner for their generous donation of surplus laptops to. They have all had a spring clean and are in full use equipping the eager tech leaders of tomorrow.
    Posted Tue 12th Jun by CodeBase
  • It's a super special June meetup
    Posted Mon 25th Jun by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service in the last two weeks. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT. British Library (24 May 18) British Museum (15 May 18) CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (16 May 18) Courtauld Institute of Art Directory of Open Access Journals [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Fri 25th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • In line with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come into effect on Friday 25th May 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy for Digimap. You can find a copy of it here: http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/about.htm#... Continue reading →
    Posted Fri 25th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • There's no meetup this month
    Posted Fri 25th May by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • With codebar Glasgow launching on Thursday 31 May, codebar Edinburgh student Claire Connachan explains why the free workshops are ideal for those new to coding. Learning to program has never been easy, but with the languages, frameworks and tools available these days, negotiating the coding landscape as a total newbie can feel like hacking your... Read More The post New to programming? Codebar should be part of your learning plan appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Thu 24th May by CodeClan
  • Today (23rd May) is Lucky Penny Day. You may have heard of this superstition: “See a penny, pick it up, All day long you’ll have good luck.” The modern form of the one pence coin was introduced back on the 15th February 1971. So, if you see a penny showing its head pick it up, [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Wed 23rd May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • We caught up with BAFTA nominated Selina Wagner, Animation Director, Blobina Animations   Tell us more about the work Blobina does. I create 2D animation for TV, film, games and apps. Over the years I’ve created more than 40 TV commercials for clients such as Chester Zoo, NHS 24 and the National Trust for Scotland, as well as many short films for clients such as the BBC, Glenmorangie distilleries and Chewits. I also create my own short films and apps. My latest film, ‘Spindrift’ is currently being screened at its 17th international film festival and was nominated for Best Animation at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2017.  Working with my husband Jason’s company, Ping Creates, we devised and launched our own app for pre-school children,  Peekaboo Planet, which has led to creating more content for children.  Tell us a bit about the founders at your company - who they are, what's their background?  Blobina Animations is run by myself and I hire in freelancers as they’re needed. I grew up on a sm...
    Posted Wed 23rd May by CodeBase
  • You can now search and download the imagery data from Aerial Digimap by the year it was flown. This allows you to be sure that you are downloading only the latest data, but it also allows you to download multiple images for the same location taken on d... Continue reading →
    Posted Thu 17th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • This is the third and final post exploring food and drink in Scotland during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Here we look at the provision of food as payment, examples of when food was scarce, and the link between food and health. Provision of food There are many examples found in the Statistical [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Wed 16th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • Today I am at the Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas, organised by the Digital Scholarship programme at University of Edinburgh. I’ll be liveblogging all day so, as usual, I welcome additions, corrections, etc.  Welcome & Introduction – Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh Hi everyone, it is my great pleasure to welcome [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Wed 16th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • We’re running a breakfast info session for employer partners on the 23rd May, at our Edinburgh campus. Join us, grab a bacon roll and make CodeClan your number one place for tech talent recruitment! As a CodeClan employer partner, you’ll get privileged access to a steady pipeline of digital talent throughout the year. Join us... Read More The post Employers across Scotland. Get involved! appeared first on CodeClan.
    Posted Mon 14th May by CodeClan
  • It's official - in partnership with Opportunity North East (ONE) we're opening a brand new space in Aberdeen. The hub will be opened later in the year comprised of flexible, affordable office space, coworking and hotdesking for fast growing tech startups. The focus as always will be on community - creating a space where people can learn not just from access to our mentor network, but from other entrepreneurs who are on the same journey.
    Posted Mon 14th May by CodeBase
  • SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service in the last week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT. Bristol University (03 May 18) British Library (03 May 18) City, University of London (02 May 18) Durham University (04 May 18) Edinburgh Napier University (01 May [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Fri 11th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • EDINA is very pleased to announce that Digimap Roam will be updated on Thursday 17th May 2018 to the new version currently available as beta. This change will apply to all Digimap Collections.  The beta version has been available since November 2017 and as a result of feedback we have continued to improve it, adding [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Fri 11th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • Hi everyone, Our upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th of May, at 5.30pm, in room G.04, 50 George Square (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be followed by drinks and chat in the Potting Shed. Our meetings are open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! Our first speaker is Euan Gardner, Senior Information Analyst/Statistician and Member of the Data Science Team within the NHS. In this talk, he will be telling us about: Practical Data Science with Machine Learning and big data in R (R code here) There’s been a great deal of interest around data science and machine learning in both the analytics community and wider media. This has translated into many excellent tutorials and resources online for R but most use a standardised dataset, such as the excellent Mixed National Institute of Standards and Technology (MNIST). While this is great for general teaching there are few examples where strategies that cover importing your own data and dea...
    Posted Tue 8th May by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service in the last two weeks. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT. Aberystwyth University (01 May 18) Bath University (01 May 18) British Library (26 Apr 18) Brunel University London (28 Apr 18) Cardiff University (01 May 18) [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Fri 4th May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • This morning I’m at the “Working with the British Library’s Digital Content, Data and Services for your research (University of Edinburgh)” event at the Informatics Forum to hear about work that has been taking place at the British Library Labs programme, and with BL data recently. I’ll be liveblogging and, as usual, any comments, questions,  [...] Continue reading →
    Posted Wed 2nd May by The IoT Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
  • It's always great to hear from technologies at the cutting edge - TTS [Text To Speech] has been around for years, and Matthew Aylett from Cereproc has seen first hand the changes not only in the technology, but the way people think about use cases. Featured in the BBC last month as they brought to the life the speech JFK was going to give the day he was assassinated, they've had a string of high profile projects.
    Posted Wed 25th Apr by CodeBase
  • This post was originally featured on Prewired's blog, but it's too good not to share again. Thanks to Holly for writing it, and if you're under 19 and want to learn more digital skills get in touch via Prewired.org!
    Posted Thu 19th Apr by CodeBase
  • Unless it snows again we will be talking Scala
    Posted Wed 25th Apr by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • Celebrate Apple being powered by 100% renewable energy with an Edinburgh macMacDev! macMacDevs[227] will be held at Cumberland Bar, 1-3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RT on Thursday 12 April 2018 from 20:00 until whenever. Turn up, talk code, renew your energy! If you’re planning on coming along, please let me know – david@macmacdev.com or @pyrusmalus
    Posted Wed 11th Apr by MacMacDev
  • Hi everyone, Our upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th of April, at 6.00pm, in room G.04, 50 George Square (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be followed by drinks and chat in the Potting Shed. Our meetings are open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! Our first speaker is Dave Evans, Engineering Team Lead (Analytics) at FreeAgent, and ex particle physicist. In this talk, he will be telling us about: The cargo cult of the south seas (slides here) Some of the behaviours that have been observed when less developed societies come into contact with modern industrial technology bear a striking similarity with how science is used and abused in every day life. In this talk I’ll revisit the analogy first made by Richard Feynman, and discuss how it permeates everything from project management to usage of third party R packages, and what we can do as scientists to help. Our second speaker is Nevil Hopley, Head of Mathematics at George Watson...
    Posted Tue 10th Apr by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Hello! The Scottish Developers team have an exciting announcement, we have a special guest joining us for 2 events across east and west coasts: Julie Lerman. We have partnered with Experis and are pleased to have them support Julie Lerman’s mini-tour of Scotland.  In her presentations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, she will be sharing her
    Posted Mon 2nd Apr by Scottish Developers
  • This month Marcus Biel joins us all the way from Germany
    Posted Wed 28th Mar by Edinburgh Java User Group
  • Hi everyone, Our upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st of March, at 5.30pm, in room G.06, 50 George Square (see map below). As usual, the meeting will be followed by drinks and chat in the Potting Shed. Our meetings are open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome! Our first speaker is Dr Milan Valášek, postdoctoral tutor in Statistics, within the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. In this talk, he will be telling us about: Testing GUI apps (code here) At two previous meetings, we discussed building interactive GUI applications (David C Sterratt, 20 January 2016, see here) and programmatic code testing (Dave Evans, 17 February 2016, see here). The present talk is motivated by a question that arose at the former of the two meetings, bringing these topics together: How do you build programmatic unit tests for R GUI apps? I will present one way of answering this question, using the tcltk package for building GUI apps in Tcl/Tk...
    Posted Tue 13th Mar by EdinbR: The Edinburgh R Usergroup
  • Celebrate 10 years of iOS SDK with an Edinburgh macMacDev! macMacDevs[226] will be held at Cumberland Bar, 1-3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RT on Thursday 8 March 2018 from 20:00 until whenever. Turn up, talk code, look back on 10 years of iOS development… If you’re planning on coming along, please let me know –
    Posted Wed 7th Mar by MacMacDev
  • Hi all, our latest featured blog post is an update from Magda (our tax expert pal at PwC) about some important upcoming changes to the Scottish tax system. Nothing is certain in life except death and changes in tax laws, so make sure you protect yourself and your business by getting ahead of the curve. Magda is in CodeBase on Thursdays, so if you have any pressing questions about the changes get in touch and she'll be happy to help! 
    Posted Wed 7th Mar by CodeBase