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  • Network analysis to find ‘innovators’

    Fran Bennett Jan 15, 2014

    We’re midway through some work with Nesta to systematically find ‘innovators’ in the UK technology scene. It’s been a really interesting project so far, and we’re looking forward to launching the work more widely in 2014. The system we’re building is collecting and joining together data from multiple sources about software developers and what they work on, […]

  • What and why is

    Fran Bennett Sep 3, 2013

    We use an agile approach in all the work we do here at Mastodon C. Part of our agile technology development is breaking work up into short, set-length iterations, with clear deadlines at the end of each, which helps us to clarify what we’re doing right now, to plan effectively, and also to have a […]

  • The end of summer. the end of internship. the end of awesome.

    Fran Bennett Aug 27, 2013

    Our superstar intern @AnnaPawlicka finished her time with us last Friday sniffles. Here’s her look back on the experience, cross-posted from her blog . If we can keep hiring people like her and making them happy, we’ll know we’re doing something right.  This has been a whirlwind of a summer, and I can’t believe it’s come to an end. […]

  • Open Health Data – alpha launch happy dance

    Fran Bennett Aug 9, 2013

    [cross posted from] We just launched the alpha of the CDEC Open Health Data Platform. It’s been an exciting process developing the platform so far, and we’re really pleased with the way the alpha site looks and the reactions it’s had. The platform in general is a really fun project: it’s motivated by the fact that there’s […]

  • Getting technical – how to process data with Cascalog

    Fran Bennett Jul 30, 2013

    Our superstar intern Anna (@AnnaPawlicka) has been working with Cascalog to process data for our clients. She met Clojure for the first time on her internship with us, and has been learning fast. She’s written up a great tutorial on how to use Cascalog on your desktop to process datasets locally, starting from the very […]

  • Help! I can’t find any female speakers for my tech conference!

    Bruce Durling Jul 8, 2013

    I occasionally get asked where one could go to find women speakers for tech events and conferences. Here is short list from the top of my head: Women in Data run by @yoditstanton The Women’s Room Rails Bridge (for Ruby) pyladies (for Python) flossie (forFree/Libre Open Source Software) JDuchess (for Java) LambdaLadies (for functional programming) MzTek (technology and art) Ladies who Code Also […]

  • Retrofit is go!

    Fran Bennett Mar 5, 2013

    We’ve got a nice project which went live today – we’ve been providing the final performance analysis for the £17m government-funded Retrofit for the Future programme, which has been running since 2009. The programme retrofitted 120 homes in the UK with multiple energy-saving and energy-efficiency technologies, and collected data through over 1300 sensors and meters […]

  • Infamy, infamy

    Fran Bennett Feb 6, 2013

    More recent and upcoming talks from Team Mastodon: A couple of recent ones that are up online: Using data for EVIL! at the Strata Data Warfare conference Big Data comes to the NHS at ODI Fridays lunchtime lecture More public talks coming soon: Open Data for CSR, Intelligent Futures, 12th Feb R and Shiny at Data Science […]

  • What happens when a project gets into the press

    Fran Bennett Jan 4, 2013

    Prescribing Analytics got an awful lot of positive press coverage over the last few weeks. It’s very exciting to see something we’ve made be covered so extensively – it was on the front page of the Independent, on the PM programme on Radio 4 (47 mins in), the Economist, the FT, and even in the Revolution Analytics R blog as well as various […]

  • It lives!

    Fran Bennett Dec 12, 2012

    We’ve finally published the prescribing analytics portal here It covers prescribing variation of statins in the UK last year, making it really easy to explore variation which could be costing extra money. I definitely recommend taking a look – it’s fascinating to explore. It got some great coverage too – the Financial Times, the Economist, and […]

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