Google Spreadsheets as a Database – INSERT with Apps Script form POST/GET submit method

Update 04/07/2014: I’ve revisited this code and made a number of improvements. Read more in Google Sheets as a Database – INSERT with Apps Script using POST/GET methods (with ajax example) Update: See comment by James to streamline this even more. I was recently rediscovering an old Hirst post on Google Spreadsheets as a Database […]

Using the Viralheat Sentiment API and a Google Spreadsheet of conference tweets to find out how that keynote went down

Did you tune into into Donald Clark’s “Don’t Lecture Me!” keynote at ALT-C 2010 or were you at Joe Dale’s FOTE10 presentation? These presentations have two things in common, both Donald and Joe posted their reflections of a ‘hostile’ twitter backchannel (see Tweckled at ALT! and Facing the backchannel at FOTE10) and I provided a […]

The art of discovery: Looking at how UK Web Focus, and MASHe interconnect using Google Spreadsheets and NodeXL

Moving away from social networks I wanted to discover how Brian Kelly’s UK Web Focus, Tony Hirst’s and my MASHe are linked together. I chose Brian’s and Tony’s blogs for this because they have highlighted my work in the past so I know I’ll get some data. The main reason for this exercise was […]

Using Google Spreadsheet/Apps Script and Google Social Graph to get Twitter edges for visualizing in NodeXL and Gephi

One of the things I really liked about the network analysis and visualisation tool NodeXL which I wrote about last week was the built-in tools for grabbing data from Twitter. I said: The advantage of NodeXL, particularly for graphing Twitter communities, is it has built-in features for grabbing the data for you. Not only that […]

Some Google webinars exploring Google Apps Script in Education

If your interested in learning more about Google Apps Script in Education Google are doing some webinars as part of their Google Apps for Education series. Here are a copy of the dates/times that were emailed to me (seminar are usually delivered in the afternoon American time so if it’s past your bedtime you might […]

My #eas11 world premier: Creating personalised Google Documents from Form submissions (and some other things)

Tomorrow (Friday 26th August) for my eAssessment Scotland 2011 workshop I’ll be doing a world premier extending the form submit sheet split example to let tutors create individual student Documents from submitted data (e.g. taking a sheet like this and at a click of a button produce this document. Update: Still some refinement in the […]

And the most engaging post is…

This one Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets … If you want to know how I arrived at this conclusion it’s mostly the same process as And the most engaging JISC Project is…, but as well as getting social bookmark/share counts I’m also counting the number of post comments (an important part of engagement). Here’s […]

And the most engaging JISC Project is…

[flickr]4814995807[/flickr] Recently I posted a Google Spreadsheet of all the live JISC funded project websites from the last 3 years. Not too long before that I also posted Google Spreadsheets as a lean mean social bookmark/share counting machine, which used Google Apps Script to query different social network providers for share/like counts for a specified […]

Open data equals open scrutiny but doesn’t always equal all of the answer

[flickr]64284665[/flickr] Last week I got frustrated at not being able to find some JISC funded project outputs, which was  a little annoying. This led to a small exploration around JISC’s Programme Information Management System (PIMS). The system was originally only available to JISC executive staff but made available to all sometime last year and used […]

Free Google Apps Script solutions for education from

One of the resources I regularly dip into when Apps Scripting is James Ferreira’s When introducing people to Google Apps Script I usually promote James’s work because he offers free consultation to education and non-profits. Today James sent me the following email and with his permission I’m sharing it here: Hello, I’ve been giving […]

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