Build Things Together

Bill Mills

Recent Posts

  • March 06, 2016

    Writing Data

    IntroductionIf you were to go hiking up the BC coastline, you may well encounter the majestic scene of sunshine falling on a brown bear as it swims along the coast, and snap a picture for posterity:0x818030f0 0xd0000000 0x0001ffff 0x002f4c71 0...

  • January 01, 2016

    Full Stack Science

    IntroductionAfter my recent introduction to Docker + Rocker at UBC’s Mozilla Study Group, one of the students asked a question I think a lot of people, from newcomers to open science veterans, are struggling with:How do we put all this infrastruct...

  • December 06, 2015

    Emergent Data Science

    I just returned from the latest meeting of the International Quality Controlled Ocean Database (IQuOD) collaboration, a group of scientists seeking to set a gold standard for historical subsurface ocean data. The IQuOD dataset is intended to suppl...

  • September 27, 2015

    Engineering Collaboration

    IntroductionA few weeks ago, I had a meeting with my old / new boss at TRIUMF, to discuss some of the projects they wanted me to tackle when I returned as a scientific software developer. They explained to me that over the past year, people had st...

  • August 19, 2015

    Scientific Software Developers

    Programming continues to move towards center stage in all fields of research, and this growing primacy is creating a generation of grad students and post docs like myself: classically trained scientists thrust into roles that are mostly or entirel...