The Open Knowledge Foundation and P2PU recently announced plans for a School of Data. It is based off the model of Mozilla and P2PU collaborating to produce the School of Webcraft (I am doing the challenges right now).
This is exciting in general, but specifically for me: I’ve wanted to work more with data forever, but I’ve never found any starting points that worked in my lifeframe. I don’t want to take college courses or work through a book I probably won’t understand. I want to learn by example and hands-on, exactly how P2PU operates.
I know what I want out of it. I am always seeing people refer to their APIs and data streams, like they are teasing me. I understand that I can do a lot more than most people, but it also means I am aware of so much more I could be doing, and I have so many ideas that depend on being able to do interesting things with data. Sign me up!
I am participating in the Webmaking 101 challenges. I work as a web developer, but I have very solid reasons for doing the challenges.
First of all, and I will be honest here, I want those sweet, sweet badges! While not the most important reason, it is certainly motivating to someone like me (gamer + critic of traditional education + problem solver).
Secondly, I want to see this with a beginner’s mind. I am a living repository of “best practices”, but I sometimes have difficulty articulating them because I’ve built up so many layers I forgot the original reason I do something. As with all patterns, occasional assessment can be helpful.
Finally, I have a super secret project in the works that sorta builds off the ideas of P2PU and the general “open” web. A hint: it has Webcraft in the name. ^_^
All of this is to prepare me for sharing the knowledge I have. I really want to create educational materials for folks using the web, I feel that is how I can best contribute to making it a better place. That is where I am coming from.
As part of this task I am supposed to share some info about me, but for now I will refer to my about page.