Archive: May 2013

Data, data, data (from CS50x)

by David J. Malan, Senior Lecturer on Computer Science and Lead Instructor of CS50x 

Version 1 of CS50x debuted on Monday, 15 October 2012, and concluded (unlike my taxes) on Monday, 15 April 2013. We’ve only just begun to dive into all of the data we collected over those six months, but we thought we’d take a moment to share some preliminary datapoints.

Upcoming changes for version 3.5 of Dataverse Network (Subnetworks)

In order to house disparate dataverse networks within one database we are going to implement the idea of “subnetworks” in version 3.5 of Dataverse Network. The main purpose for these subnetworks is to allow for separate home page branding, search and templates for each subnetwork. Here are some key points and mockups of what the subnetworks would look like. Please note that this information is subject to change.

Lessons in crisis preparedness and leadership

It was pure coincidence: three days prior to the tragic Boston Marathon bombing of April 15th, 2013 I was invited by the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to lead a workshop for students and practitioners. I shared with them the challenges, failures, and successes I experienced in leading crisis task forces. Among the many lessons that I learned, seven stand out in the field of crisis preparedness and leadership.