Notes and shiny new things from Mozfest 2014

The thing about Mozfest that stays with you after all the smoke has cleared is the sheer scale of the thing. Despite attending what felt like a respectable amount of sessions (summarised on the artefacto blog), I still didn't manage to make it to a fraction of the workshops that I wanted to. Mozfest is always an unrivaled exercise in FOMO, so you do need to find a balance of looking at the schedule and twitter feed and, y'know, not looking at the schedule or twitter feed.

This year, I got a chance to test out the P2PU 'Course in a box', which provides a simple toolkit for creating open courses using Github, Discourse and Jekyll. This is something we're now considering for Flossie and other collaborative learning events.

There was also lots of talk about Brck, which looks like it will come in handy for offroad (or offgrid) teaching.

I've been on a bit of a sabbatical from any kind of training and education provision for the past year (less teaching, more building) so it was great to hear about all the neat things that places like the Research Bazaar and Software Carpentry do and it's reassuring to see that librarians are working hard to fill gaps left by formal LIS education - particularly when it comes to coding skills.

And like last year, I was floored by all the great tools and platforms coming out of the data journalism world (many of which have potential applications for GLAM and digital humanities work). The Social Media Desk has an invaluable summary of the rest of this year's shiny new things.