Dear Orbital students:

Please take note of the opportunity from IDA to help shape the future of data.gov.sg while being reimbursed for your time.  If you’re interested, please contact Liyana directly at liyana_muhammad_fauzi@ida.gov.sg.  Thank you!


The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has embarked on a pilot project with the National Library Board (NLB), to explore the use of linked data technology to better manage and share data.  We are looking for developers to test our pilot project.

If you are interested, do read on below for further details and if you are keen to be part of this pilot, please provide me  with the required information in point 3 below by 8th July 2013. Thanks!

Liyana Bte Muhammad Fauzi (Miss)

Assistant Manager | Data Management and Analytics Division | Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
D: 6211 0834 | HP: 9620 4842 | F:
6659 2517 | E: liyana_muhammad_fauzi@ida.gov.sg | W: www.ida.gov.sg

1.       Background:
The objective of the pilot is to enable better sharing of government data with linked data. (If you are interested in linked data, read more about it at http://www.w3.org/standards/semanticweb/data)

For the pilot project, we have created a mobile app, LinkMe and a web browser app, Pathfinder with government linked data. The types of government data used in the pilot include land and routes data (SLA), traffic data (LTA), weather data (NEA), parks data (NParks), etc. As part of Pathfinder, we have also made available some data for developers to test. These datasets are shared via APIs and SPARQL queries.

As a participant, you will explore the above and provide feedback on your experiences at a focus group session. You will also be entitled to receive incentives amounting to $40.

2.       What will be expected of you:

Step one :  Attend briefing for focus group participants (at National Library Board Academy, co-located at Toa Payoh Public Library)
Step two : Use or explore the apps/datasets for a certain duration during the period of end-July to early Aug
Step three : Provide feedback via survey after using the apps/datasets
Step four : Attend a focus group session (at National Library Board Academy, co-located at Toa Payoh Public Library)

3.        If you accept our invitation and would like to participate in our focus group sessions:

Please provide the following details :

Name (on NRIC) :
NRIC no. :
Age :
Gender :
Mobile no. :
What smartphone device are you using, and what is the version currently (E.g.: iPhone 4/5, Android phone, Windows phone, etc.)?:

 

We would also like to seek your cooperation not to divulge any information or data related to this pilot project.
(Note: All focus group participants are required to sign an undertaking for your participation in this.)

Picture Credits: courtesy nodejs.org

Tomorrow’s Mission Control will be held at PlugIn@Blk 71.  Pallav, one of our teaching assistants, will be reviewing and having hands-on exercises for Node.JS, a library for writing capabilities to be able create scalable Internet applications, notably web servers.

Node.js is a packaged compilation of Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, the libuv platform abstraction layer, and a core library, which is itself primarily written in JavaScript.

See you tomorrow at Blk 71!  Please make sure to follow the preparation instructions below (after your submission deadline tonight)!

Installation
 
If you’d like to participate in the workshop, please install node before-hand. Instructions for different Operating Systems are listed here:
 
Windows
Go to http://nodejs.org/. Click INSTALL. Follow through the installation process. To check that it works, go to the start menu and search for “powershell”. Run it. Now type “node –version”. If you see a number, you’re set.
Mac
Go to http://nodejs.org/. Click INSTALL. Follow through the installation process. Run Terminal and type “node –version” and press enter. If you see a number, you’re set.
Linux
Go to http://nodejs.org/. Now you have two options. You could, if you wish, click DOWNLOADS and get the Linux Binaries for your computer. However, you might prefer to install from source. To do this, click INSTALL, extract the folder, open it in a terminal, and follow through the process inside the README.md file (follow the “Unix/Mac” instructions). Run “node –version” to check that it works.
Note: For the purpose of keeping up-to-date with the latest version of Node.js, avoid using a package manager to install it.
Important Downloads
Download this file before the workshop starts, to avoid network-related delays later. This will allow you to code along through the entire workshop offline.
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Photo courtesy Google SingaporeA message and call for participation from Google, one of the partners in developing Orbital — a programme specific to Orbital students!

If you’re keen, please apply!
Dear Student,

Are you enthusiastic about self development? Would you like to be better prepared for the workplace? We believe possessing technical and soft skills are essential to high performance.

The Grow Beyond program is a great opportunity for you to develop your soft-skills. As a participant you will be able to develop the following skills:
– Self Awareness
– Ability to work well in teams
– Presenting with impact
– Create a strong personal brand
– Creative thinking and effective brainstorming

We will select up to 20 students to participate in this program. To qualify you must be enrolled in the NUS Orbital Program and able to attend the 2 sessions.

Time commitments – you must be able to attend the following sessions:
August 3, 9am to 3pm
August 6, 4pm to 8pm

Location: Google Singapore Office

Please submit this form (http://bit.ly/19H4r6D) if you are interested in applying. 

Deadline to Apply: 16 July 2013

Looking forward to meet you,

Grow Beyond with Google team

Photo credits: adesigna @ Flickr

Modern applications ranging from enterprise to social network applications are essentially designed and implemented based on the widely-adopted three-tier architecture, in which user interface, functional process logic and data storage/access are developed and maintained as independent modules.

For tomorrow’s Mission Control, we shall go through basic concepts and techniques in designing and implementing the data storage and data access component for those applications.

In the process, we will learn about various sub-phases of database design including conceptual, logic and physical design.  We also have some hands-on practice on designing databases with a CASE tool (RISE Editor), and working with a popular open-source database management system (MySQL).

The following pieces of software will be used in this mission control:

1.) RISE Editor for drawing ERDs (Entity Relationship Diagram)

http://www.risetobloome.com/clickonce/riseeditor/riseeditor.htm

2.) WAMPServer for developing three-tier applications

http://www.wampserver.com/en/

Photo Credits: Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta @ Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/guspim/

Hi all:

As the IDA  / Google Developer Group Meet-Up on Cloud SQL is happening at Blk 71 overlapping exactly at 6-9pm on Tuesday evening, we’re postponing Tam’s session on basic databases for a week.

Head on over to the Cloud SQL Workshop at Blk 71 instead!  Make sure to register for it (see the details in the previous post)

Dear all Orbital students:

Photo credits: JustGrimes @ Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/notbrucelee/

We have been in talks with the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to have them over to talk about the data.gov.sg initiative.  They have also told us that they are in the midst of organizing some events that might be of interest to all of you.  You may want to consider joining in these two events happening next week (of course, please log your attending hours as part of your Orbital timesheet, as with everything else). Some of these events are happening at Blk 71 (again!).

[Snip — what follows is from IDA]

 

 

A.      Google Cloud SQL Workshop on 18th June 2013 (Tuesday)

We will be working with developer groups in Singapore to bring to you workshops which incorporate the latest technologies with government data.

The first of our workshops will be a collaboration effort between IDA and the Google Developer’s Group :

Theme : Google Cloud SQL and Big Query with Government data.
Date : 18 June 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location : Plugin@Blk 71. 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18, S(139951)
Register : http:/bit.ly/gdgsg1306

B.      Tech Talk on Entrepreneurship and Civic Innovation 

Join us for an evening with speakers from Google Ventures and Washington DC’s iStrategy Labs. Innovators in their own right, Bridgette and Peter will share tips on how developers and start-ups bring their solutions forward by dreaming big and aiming high.

Date : 19 June 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location : Plugin@Blk 71. 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18, S(139951)
Register : Email ida_dgs_admin@ida.gov.sg with your name and contact number.Seats are limited so register asap![Refreshments will be provided]

Agenda:

  • “Google, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” by Bridgette Beam, Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google ventures
  • “Citizen Innovation for Smarter Cities” by Peter Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, iStrategy Labs
  • “Sharing on Apps4SG Competition and an upcoming Hackathon –  Looking for the brightest and most creative minds in Singapore to help improve the way we live, study, work and play” by data.gov.sg, IDA
  • Q&A with Bridgette and Peter

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Photo Credits: KatieJean97 @ Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/katiejean97/

For tomorrow’s Mission Control, we will be going over two common web application vulnerabilities (including some live examples, Demo God willing) and their mitigations.

In the process, you will learn a little bit about cookies, sessions, password storage, and several web development and debugging tools that can make your life easier as a developer, or form part of your arsenal as an attacker.

The talk is rather unlikely to be recorded. Parts of the presentation containing personal information that was magically obtained may be omitted due to their sensitive nature.

Update: If you attended yesterday’s Mission Control session, you might be interested in these links: http://qxcg.net/how-websites-are-broken-resources.html.

Photo credits: Sean McEntee @ Flickr.

Min will be covering Prezi, a zoomable editor, as well as open HTML5 alternatives.

We’ll also be examining best practices for Prezi, and finding and correctly attributing sources for photos, sounds that you can embed into your presentations.

It’ll be held at SR3 from 6-8pm today.  Feel free to join us virtually via Hangouts and on Askbot.  See you then.

For your reference the list of Mission Control sessions can be found here:

http://orbital.comp.nus.edu.sg/?page_id=239

 

 

 

Courtesy: billsoPHOTO @ Flickr

To help you with what is expected for the first peer evaluation, we have done a sample project report, evaluation and response for the example Giftbook project. To see it:

  • On IVLE, under CS3108B_Orbital, go to Project -> **MISSION CONTROL** (Orbital Instructing Staff) -> Project Wiki to find the project report
  • You can find a sample evaluation of the project in the Folders.
  • The project report also contains a response to the peer review — after peer evaluation is completed on Monday 2 June, we will send you a copy of the feedback provided by your peers, and you are supposed to respond in your report by Wed 5 June.
Credits: Scott Beale @ Flickr

Min will be giving a short tutorial and hands-on for Twitter Bootstrap — the CSS framework that is useful for giving a pretty decent look for most websites.  A key part of Bootstrap is in its responsive design, making sites look decent on small resolutions (low res smartphones) as well as big ones (your 30″ Apple Thunderbolt Display).

This is a beginner level session — applicable to any web-based project.

The Mission Control Session will be held tentatively at SR3 from 6-8pm next week; please check back with us in IVLE and Askbot for updates.

UPDATE: We’ve gotten permission from Blk 71 to host it at their space!!  Come join us over at Blk71’s Seminar Room 1.  Click on the event venue Image on the right for Google Maps info.

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Post event update — Re-Recording done

For those of you who missed it, or were a bit confused about it; you can watch the re-recording I’ve done of the show here.