Surprising stories hide in seemingly mundane data

Drifting boat

Experimentation with geospatial mapping

Recently I experimented with geospatial mapping techniques in R.  I looked at both static and interactive maps. Embedding the media into a WordPress blog would be simple enough with a static map. The latter would require (for me) a new technique to retain the interactivity inside a blog post.

My web-site visitor log, combined with longitude and latitude data from MaxMind’s GeoLite2, offered a basis for analysis. Although less precise than the GeoIP2 database, this would be more than adequate for my purpose of getting to country and city level.  I settled on the Leaflet package for visualisation given the interactivity and pleasing choice of aesthetics.

The results however were a little puzzling.
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Does G-Cloud 9 provide too much choice?

Buyer Choice on G-Cloud

The risk of choice overload

In his book The Paradox of Choice, American psychologist and professor of social theory Barry Schwartz argued that choice overload can, in the long run, lead to decision-making paralysis.

The launch of the G-Cloud framework opened up the market to SMEs via the Digital Marketplace.  And with successive iterations of G-Cloud came lots of choice.

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Is the Government realising its ambition for SMEs on G-Cloud?

SMEs on G-Cloud

G-Cloud and the ambition for SMEs

Rewind to 2011, and the Cabinet Office articulated, in its Government ICT Strategy, an intent to “streamline the procurement process to break down the barriers that impede SMEs from bidding for contracts”.  They could thereby create a fairer and more competitive marketplace. Continue reading “Is the Government realising its ambition for SMEs on G-Cloud?”