FACIL's representative had just laid out a series of comprehensive recommendations and the Minister Responsable for Access to Information and Reform of Democratic Institutions, Jean-Marc Fournier, opens by admitting (at around 10 minute mark) that he's completely clueless about any and all of the underlying issues, including admitting that he doesn't even know what open source software is.
Sure, I appreciate honesty, and there's plenty of room for getting lost in the details of any one of the recommendations, but it is pathetic to not even have a clue about the basic trends that are rapidly re-shaping the entire economy and society... particularly as they relate to "access to information" and "democratization of [anything]".
Gonna go back and watch more... will surely be itching to write more after.
"The challenge: How do we conceive systems and applications to service populations, when the latter may be clueless about the actual digitized processes?
The good news: Organizations and populations already have some key knowledge and experience. How can these by mobilized then?
These ideas will be explored through several case studies of projects that have succumbed to, or managed to avoid, 'IT mess'."
Join us there. It should be good!
Vendredi soir, 11 septembre 2015, Université McGill
She was a little scared by the thunderstorm last night, but I was able to comfort her by suggesting (the oversimplification) that our house had metal components that would make the lightning pass around us, instead of through us, if it got hit, "like the blue pieces in the game".
I smell another wave of "the semantic web is coming" coming.
EDIT: Code is up on GitHub - https://github.com/karpathy/neuraltalk
Reproducibility is fundamental to the scientific doctrine and yet it is surprisingly rarely achieved or even achievable. Enhancing reproducibility inevitably requires increasing transparency, establishing common standards and building tools that allow disparate data and processes to be compared, combined and interoperable.
The life sciences have become dominated by computation and make heavy use of open source software and version control systems such a Git to enable decentralized and yet coordinated management and curation of code and data. However, they often lack such "versioning" systems for tracking experimental protocols, data, metadata and methodology reporting.
I can't help but see many overlaps with modern web development where reproducibility and portability are crucial, and yet are rarely perfectly achieved, and where much of the design, decision-making and production process still falls outside the reach of version control and automated build systems.
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