If you want to know the joy of working in small teams on an open source project at a , addressing a challenge then read this birdsite thread by our trustee, Karen


Https://opendata.scot now provides an portal for , filling a government gap.

It also uses really well to run scripts for APIs and .

Jupyter Book "is an open source project for building beautiful, publication-quality books and documents from computational material" jupyterbook.org/en/stable/intr

"We just burned 64,213 keystrokes between us to bring you this message. You're welcome. We're dying."


TIL about The World Flora Online.
A free database of all known plant species in the world.

We had such a blast at this weekend. Great people working on two excellent project, the most mature of which is , a national portal to make up for no government provided one.

Have a look at opendata.scot

It's now almost fully automated using

We pull data of many formats, from many government sources, of varying types, categorise it and index it using .

We have 1054 dataset, only 71 of which are not yet categorised.

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🌟 @spacelizard - Instrument scientist at Australian Astronomical Observatory, working on MAVIS project

🌟 @Kilirai - Illustrator, creates really pretty Miyazaki-esque scenes in fairy tale settings

🌟 @liberaforms - Free open source online forms software, can be self-hosted

🌟 @Velanch - Handmade intricately embroidered jewellery with nature themes

🌟 @HeartOfNeon - Documentary being made about the legendary Llamasoft founder and game developer Jeff Minter


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Today's recommended follows:

🌟 @yesterkitchen - Videos showing to cook retro food recipes

🌟 @Hamish - Livestreamer, playing retro games, doing electronic projects and tabletop games

🌟 @CTC - Scottish organisation promoting open data and libre tech, organising workshops, user groups etc.

🌟 @Voidie3D - Environment artist creating charming 3D buildings and scenes

🌟 @worldofjosh - Urban exploration, lots of photos of abandoned buildings and structures (in French and English)


Hey! Who'd be interested to have a #wikipedia edit-a-thon to improve various articles relating to practical, self-organization? βš™οΈ 🀝

I'm talking about [Consensus decision-making], [Group decision-making], [Advice process], [Score voting], etc. Of course, if there's another aspect, or topic, you're more interested in, that's fine!

I'd also be happy to induct people into wikipedia editing, if intersted.

Google has 80+ "free" products... which means that YOU are the product. I wrote a series of articles that will help you see what they know about you (which is WAY too much) and guide you through de-Googling your life. It's never too late for #privacy.


is a physical &online event. It takes place this weekend: 21-22 May 2022 in in the wonderful ONE Tech Hub

Come work on civic challenges in mixed teams over a weekend. Fun guaranteed!

More details t.co/IrZHcnuWVq
Tickets: t.co/45KKYYyNlw

Every six months or so for the past several years, I've been doing a thread on Fedi about where to buy ebooks other than Amazon. It finally occurred to me that I could write it once, put it up on website, and update as needed, rather than constantly reinventing the wheel.

So, here we are. (And in spite of the title, this isn't JUST about eBooks)


(Please share your own links in replies, I'll add them to the list as I have spoons.)

#introduction post!
πŸ‘‹ Hello! This profile will share news and updates from 'The Turing Way' - an open source, open collaboration, and community-driven project which maintains and expands The Turing Way handbook to reproducible, ethical and collaborative data science: the-turing-way.netlify.app/wel #no-xp

If you have @DuckDuckGo as your default search engine you actually have more than 13,000 different search engines available from the address bar, just using ”bangs”.

There is a bang for Wikipedia (!w), for Twitter (!twitter) and even google(!g).

(And yes, this works if you just go to the duckduckgo website as well)

Check it out:

We can only know how healthy a FOSS ecosystem is in the UK if we tell others about our companies and projects.
RT @openuk_uk
OpenUK's #StateofOpen 2022 Survey is now live πŸŽ‰ . πŸ‘‰πŸΎ bit.ly/OpenUKStateofOpen2022 πŸ‘ˆπŸΎ
Please contribute to help understand economics and investment, journey to open source and maturity, governance, security and sustainability in #opensource software in the UK. Report launches July

Is it right for governments to force citizens to use Google or Apple's proprietary technologies to verify their online identities? πŸ€” The Netherlands user case


On 21-22 May we will be running our next , CTC26 - A New Reality.

More details here: codethecity.org/what-we-do/hac
Tickets here: ti.to/code-the-city/ctc26

Again, we will be running this as a physical event in but will fully support online attendance.

This Wednesday evening our User Group has its first :


While we are now fully back to physical events in , we will still support online attendance.

If someone is looking for a grindy #Wikidata task:

Going through Norwegian πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄ municipalities and adding their social media to Wikidata before we add them to @govdirectory.


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