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  • How does the SEND model work?

    Sebastian Bailey Aug 17, 2018

    Back in February 2018 we released version 1.0 of our Witan SEND model. Our aim was to help local authorities (LAs) get a better understanding of future demand for services in terms of their SEND population and budget. Working with a number of LAs across the country, we discovered that one of the key areas […]

  • How good are our projections of SEND service demand?

    Mike Ford Jul 20, 2018

    Our models are designed to make predictions on future events using data from the past, so we always need to “validate” them. This means testing how accurately the models predicts real-world situations outside of the safe, cosy environment it’s been conceived and built in. More technically, this is called “out-of-sample” performance. In an ideal world, […]

  • Join us on the march toward advanced data capability in our cities

    Shawn Jhanji Apr 19, 2018

    Smarter use of city data is helping bustling metropolitan areas be better places to live. From generating useful insights in complex areas, to developing new public services, data is creating a new kind of infrastructure that’s growing to be as essential to successful city living as roads and utilities. On the 17th May, Mastodon C, […]

  • We’re hiring! sales development representative

    Fran Bennett Mar 26, 2018

    We’re looking for a Sales Development Representative to help us attract, educate and win clients for our new city data tool, Witan. who we are Mastodon C are agile big data specialists. We are a cutting-edge company, known for being innovative as well as ethical. We provide data science consultancy services to both the public sector […]

  • How we’ll help data science be a force for public sector good in 2018

    Fran Bennett Feb 9, 2018

    Data science made a noticeable impact on the public sector in 2017. And it’s no longer just a small group of innovators who are putting data to work in their organisations. Projects such as the GLA’s datastore are helping the sector build a data infrastructure that will benefit us all. While progress has been made, the pressure to deliver […]

  • Product marketing manager job

    Fran Bennett Feb 3, 2018

    We’re looking for a Product Marketing Manager to help us attract, educate and win clients for our new city data tool, Witan. who we are Mastodon C are agile big data specialists. We are a cutting-edge company, known for being innovative as well as ethical. We provide data science consultancy services to both the public sector […]

  • Finding useful answers in public sector data. the six-step cycle (infographic)

    Fran Bennett Jan 19, 2018

    We know that making smarter use of data in the public sector is important to transformation and effectiveness – we’ve seen data put to work, by us and others, for purposes from detecting fraud to modelling the impact of new policies. But how does this process happen in practice? We’ve put together an infographic that illustrates a six-stage […]

  • Looking for the latest examples of data science in action? watch these highlights of clojure x 2017

    Elise Huard Jan 17, 2018

    ClojureX in London was fun and interesting. The event is a great opportunity to hear a range of people in the community share their ideas and experience – from colleagues in the data science consulting world, to authors of essential new tools and libraries, to new start-ups. The development of Clojurescript has attracted fresh faces […]

  • How can you make sure your next data analytics project gets results?

    Fran Bennett Nov 15, 2017

    The excitement about data needs to be balanced with an uncomfortable truth. Most data projects fail. Perhaps as many as 85%. This doesn’t mean your data modeling project or big data analysis tool is doomed. But it does mean you need to know how to swing the odds back in your favour. In this article we […]

  • Is data a “dirty word” in the public sector?

    Fran Bennett Oct 20, 2017

    There is great potential and enthusiasm in the public sector for data-driven innovation that improves services and reduces costs. This was the key message that the Mastodon C team took away from a round table discussion with senior figures from the public sector this week. Yes, challenges remain around data skills, data governance and shaping […]

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