NHS-R newscast 25th May 2023

We have another newscast from the podcast, if you don’t do the whole podcast thing here are the notes and links from what we talked about.

The NHS-R Conference call for abstracts has been extended to 23rd June 2023 https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/7FLFRY/

we’ve started an NHSR-Way book and also published through Netlify because some organisations block GitHub published pages. This book is inspired by The Turing Way and The GDS Way with more technical elements coming from the Statement on Tools book. For example, on licences we’ve detailed a lot of the options in the Statement on Tools but then said what NHS-R Community use in the NHS-R Way.

The NHSR book club have started reading the R4DS second edition and created an unofficial solutions book.

Zoë Turner will be talking next month at the Government Data Science Community Meet-Up: The Data Science Toolshed Tue 13 Jun 2023 1.30 to 3pm. Title tbc but about how people can contribute to NHS-R open repositories or even pass them to NHS-R as has happened with the quarto NHS theme from Craig Shenton and {NHSRepisodes} package from Tim Taylor. Sign up to the event is free for Public Sector and Civil Service

Chris Beeley spoke at the DataConnect23 Government launch event and gave a taster session of text mining of patient experience data. Sign up to DataConnect events can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dataconnect23-is-on-its-way

Finds from the Slack group

Python linter: https://github.com/charliermarsh/ruff

Look at this great guidance on pie charts, unfairly maligned Pie charts from the Government Analysis Function.

A retro graphic to brighten up the Python exception messages – https://github.com/James-Ansley/cowexcept (can feature a dragon as well as a cow!).

For an extension of retro visuals then check out Star Wars in the Linux Terminal – https://www.linuxfordevices.com/tutorials/linux/ascii-star-wars-linux-terminal