The paper by Sefton, Barnes, Ward and Downing that I presented at the International Digital Curation Conference last Edinburgh has been published in the International Journal of Digital Curation: http://www.ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/view/121.

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Myself and a couple of colleagues from the Unilever Centre will be at the Cambridge Clojure meetup this evening.

Time: Tuesday 6th October, 2009. 8pm
Location: The Kingston Arms. Has food, wifi and usually excellent and varied ale. 10 min walk from the train station.

The JISC-sponsored ICE-TheOREM project’s final report is available from the IE repository. The project was a technical investigation into applying ORE to scholarly workflows; along with Peter Sefton’s team at the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland, we developed a demonstrator that passed ORE-described ETDs between systems to recreate a thesis submission process.

Au revoir, Nico!

October 1, 2009

I’d like to publicly mark the occasion of Nico Adams leaving the Murray-Rust group. Nico has been a hugely influential member of the group, and a great colleague to work with, always ready with a rigorous position in a vigorous discussion!

I’m hoping we’ll be able to collaborate in future. Enjoy your break, Nico!

There are a diminishing number of people in the world I haven’t cornered and harangued with this argument, which is that the dominant languages of the future will prevent the worst 95% of programmers hanging themselves when writing concurrent programs, rather than the one that is efficient in the hands of the other 5%. This is why I’m convinced functional languages will happen this time around. It seems Tim Bray agrees, at least in principle:

… Once you get past Doug Lea, Brian Goetz, and a few people who write operating systems and database kernels for a living, it gets very hard to find humans who can actually reason about threads well enough to be usefully productive.

Tim Bray