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Part 2: The everyday challenges of working in a distributed team

In my previous blog post I discussed two key challenges when working in a distributed team. I thought it would be useful to follow this on into a second post, outlining a further 3 that I have experienced to be particularly dominant! But this isn't what we needed...?!...

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North East Innovation: A Reflection on VentureFest 2017

What is VentureFest? VentureFest is an annual event centred around helping local businesses use innovation to remain relevant, competitive and profitable. This year was the largest North East event yet – and larger than many other regional VentureFest events –...

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Women in tech: What does the data show us?

Women in technology is a hot topic right now.  Therefore, I have decided to share my journey in the tech industry.  When I was a student in Sri Lanka, happily skipping my way to school on a sunny day, I had always dreamed of becoming a Software Developer.  The kind of...

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Death Data: a closer look at England’s case

As we have just updated our database with the newest dataset on Deaths in England & Wales, I thought it would be useful to produce some graphs to illustrate the death data. The above plot shows the number of deaths occurring every month in England. It can be seen...

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World Population Day: should we celebrate or mourn?

According to the United Nations, Earth's population is set to reach 8 billion by 2023 but we have only one planet to share between us. With increasing world population, we face many challenges: food and water shortages, available spaces to live, increased pollution,...

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Charities: accessing Business As Usual (BAU) data

In my last post on data & charities, I focused on outcomes data for both internal users and organisational funders or high value givers. In this piece, I'm focusing on internal stuff. I'm focusing on the everyday, what we might call data for 'Business as Usual'....

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How to create a data revolution in charities

Good Data is a liberator for charities This is a short series of blogs on the Data Revolution in charities. Sadly, the phrase is close to being a cliche. We base these blogs on three things:  First, our experience of working with a small number of charities. Second,...

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Even slacker with your data

This time last year, I wrote about Slack's privacy policy. I explained why our company wouldn't be using Slack for fear that our data and that of our customers would be at risk. Now, we see that Slack is very actively going to be exploiting its users' data.  Slack has...

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