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We are very lucky to have Jez Higgins who will be talking about the ARCHANGEL project he has been working on. ARCHANGEL is a joint project involving University of Surrey, The National Archive, and The Open Data Institute, investigating how we might help ensure the long-term integrity of digital documents stored in public archives. When an archive produces a physical artefact, its relatively easy to establish that it is indeed the original document, preserved unaltered since it was first deposited. But a digital artefact? A digital document can be infinitely copied without degradation, but can also be undetectably altered, inadvertently or deliberately, both with benign or malign intent. How can we be confident that what we've presented with is, in fact, identical to the document that was first stored in archive? ARCHANGEL is trying to address this problem, and in this talk I'll describe some of the approaches and technologies we're using. Spoilers: Yes, it includes blockchains, but it's about the only blockchain application you'll hear of that doesn't immediately make you feel dirty. It might also include machine learning, but it's machine learning for justice. As usual drinks and pizza will be provided by our kind hosts and sponsors BlackCat Technology Solutions.
We will have two talks from two great speakers. QA is not Quality - Alex Wilson Software Quality is really tricky: We all want to build the best thing for our users, but we want to ship good software, fast, without process overhead holding us back. Join Alex in discussing what Software Quality actually is, how we can define and measure it, and how we can work towards it. And yes, there is room for a QA on your team. Abstraction in action - Chris Miller Taking a very complex piece of code, we will in 30 minutes refactor that code, live, to have exactly the same results, but to be a lot easier to read and handle. We'll look at when to pull out code into a new function, why you'd want more functions with less code in each, and how that links to testabilty, readability and usability. As usual drinks and pizza will be provided by our kind hosts and sponsors BlackCat Technology Solutions.