The Iceberg of Knowledge: A Quick Parable on Learning

This was inspired by Dawn Casey’s article on learning programming. Personally, I like to think about knowledge on any particular topic as an iceberg. There are three types of knowledge, and learning is the process of moving around the iceberg of knowledge: What you know you know – this is the part of the iceberg […]

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Building Govify.org

This post originally appeared on OpenGov Foundation Blog.

A Brief Summary After a hackathon a few months back, we were joking about creating an easy way to take the data we’d painstakingly parsed from PDFs, word documents, and XML files, and “translate” it back into a format that government agencies are used to. Many of us have been shell-shocked in dealing with PDFs […]

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The State Decoded 0.8 Release

Waldo just posted The State Decoded 0.8 Release. This is a *huge* update that we’ve spent the last few months working on. 577 changed files, 127,076 additions, 5,123 deletions. That’s a lot of code. There are a few pieces I would have liked to squeeze into this update, like abstracting the XML import to make […]

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Upgrading Solr from 4.2 to 4.3+ on CentOS 6.4

I ran into an issue with a Solr configuration that was working for me locally, but not on our CentOS 6.4 server. I’ve documented below all of the issues I encountered along the way, as the upgrade from Solr 4.2 to 4.3+ is a pretty nasty one, due to major changes in the logging system […]

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