Author Archives: Andy Mabbett

About Andy Mabbett

Enjoying my new freelance career, helping organisations to understand on-line communities, open content, and related issues.

A reply from the UK government to my request for road gritting open data

Andy Mabbett is not happy with the government’s delayed and inadequate response to his request for open data on gritting routes. Continue reading

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Help Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons by transcribing small pieces of text

Andy Mabbett invites you to help Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons by transcribing small pieces of text, such as those on images of foundation stones and signposts. Continue reading

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Using IrfanView for image slideshows

Andy Mabbett explains how to make images into slideshows, with optional audio, using “IrfanView”, a Windows-based software package that is free for non-commercial use. Continue reading

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What have I been up to, lately?

A round-up of some of Andy Mabbett’s recent activities. Continue reading

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Trevor Mabbett’s comments on ‘The Man on the Beat’

Trevor Mabbett’s comments on ‘The Man on the Beat’, a 1945 British Council film made in Ledsam Street, Ladywood, Birmingham. Continue reading

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All your video are belong to us: open licence recordings of local government meetings

Andy Mabbett calls on local government bodies to open licence the videos of their meetings Continue reading

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Thank you Herkimer Elementary for a Twitter spam case study

Andy Mabbett has uncovered some suspect behaviour on Twitter. Continue reading

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For I’m a Jolly Good Fellow (of the RSA)

Andy Mabbett has accepted the nomination to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Continue reading

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How may I merge or duplicate Twitter accounts?

Andy Mabbett wants a tool to merge Twitter accounts – more specifically, to combine their lists of followers. Continue reading

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