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  • Kixi architectural decisions

    Fran Bennett Dec 22, 2016

    The Kixi platform is constructed around a design pattern known as Command Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS). This pattern is part of a hierarchy of designs that build upon one another and are generally used within a Micro-Services architecture. At the bottom of this hierarchy is the idea that decoupling the parts of a system that create […]

  • Creating an Onyx and Kafka application pt 1

    Jason Bell Oct 8, 2016

    Over the past couple of months I’ve been using the Onyx Platform with Mastodon C an awful lot. So this short series I’m going to show you how to build a Onyx Kafka application that consumes a Kafka stream and kicks out the messages to the console. Nothing flashy but more a “here’s the concepts”. In […]

  • Breaking down silos around demographic data and models – experience of a city’s local authorities

    Sunny Townsend Oct 7, 2016

    Earlier this year we built a web-based interface for London’s local authorities (known as ‘boroughs’) to run their own population projections. Six months on we review their experience. the scene School rolls projections are used by London boroughs to apply for critical funding to support the building of new schools. Each borough has unique demands […]

  • Jobs – Senior DevOps engineer

    Bruce Durling Oct 2, 2016

    This is a senior role, based either in our London office or at your remote location within the UK. The base salary for this role will be between £50-60k pa. We are happy to consider part-time or flexible working proposals. You will be responsible for shaping and delivering the infrastructure aspects of the new Witan […]

  • Jobs – Delivery Manager

    Fran Bennett Sep 23, 2016

    Very sadly, our fantastic Delivery Manager Elisabeth is moving away. However, this means that we have a very exciting vacancy! job description This is a senior role, based in central London. This person will be responsible for shaping and delivering the new Witan city data platform product, as part of a very collaborative, flexible, and […]

  • Better topic detection in text with LDA2VEC

    Elise Huard Aug 3, 2016

    At Mastodon C we’re always keeping an eye out for new libraries or data science techniques which might help us make our models faster or smarter. We very often need to work with large collections of text documents for our clients – all sorts of very useful insights can be extracted from the unstructured material […]

  • Text Mining Defra

    Shawn Jhanji Aug 3, 2016

    We did some interesting work a while ago with the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, which tested the possibility of using text mining to highlight upcoming risks from incoming reports from the field. In this blog post, we’ll dig into some of the technical details of how to do this, and why […]

  • 33 boroughs, two babies and one city modelling platform

    Sunny Townsend Jan 27, 2016

    We’ve been hard at work since our last update – in that time we’ve delivered our first release of Witan, and two babies! Our city modelling platform is now live and our first users in London have been given access this week. on-demand demographic projections to meet housing demand Witan is now able to generate […]

  • Extracting Met Office weather data with Clojure

    Jason Bell Dec 14, 2015

    Living in York for the majority of my life, I’ve got used to flooding. With the number of floods increasing, and the probability of that flood causing long lasting damage also increasing, it would be a good idea to start peeking at past data and seeing if there’s anything jumping out at us. getting historical met office data The Met Office […]

  • The Mastodon in the room: Why Clojure?

    Antony Woods Nov 15, 2015

    Mastodon C advertises itself as a ‘Clojure shop’ when talking to clients and partners, but let’s delve a bit deeper into what this means and why we believe it’s a key advantage for us. Ultimately, it comes down to a simple idea: “Simplicity is hard work. But, there’s a huge payoff. The person who has a genuinely […]

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