Wanted: Data Library Project Manager

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Misc | 0 comments

The Library has been quiet lately, mostly because the Director doesn’t have time to properly manage projects, and because he’s not very good at it. So, we’d like to find a volunteer to manage projects.  This is a volunteer role that would involve:

  • Talking to nonprofits and journalists about data needs
  • Recruiting other volunteers for data projects
  • Setting up meetings and finding rooms
  • Participating in data projects

We’ve got two projects that need some attention: the Health Food Access Data Library and a crime prediction contest.

If you are interested in data and have good organizational skills, please apply by sending email to Eric Busboom, eric@sandiegodata.org.

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Tools for the Data Contest

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Misc | 0 comments

The Student Data Contest is in less than two weeks, so it’s time to get your tools ready. If you are a student and want a shot at $2,100 in prizes, signup for the contest. 

One of the best tools available for quickly visualizing data is Tableau, and best of all, if you don’t need to connect to a database, Tableau Public is free.  Tableau allows you to quickly produce beautiful charts and tables, and makes it easy to embed those visualizations on the web.  Tableau runs on both Mac and Windows, but while it has a very well designed user interface, it does have its biases; you’ll want to spend some time learning how it expects you to build visualizations before the contest.

So, download Tableau Public  and spend a bit of time learning how to produce basic visualizations.  It will really pay off during the contest, and you’ll have a valuable addition to your tool box for future use.

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Software For Data Analysis

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Misc | 0 comments

For the Dig Into Data meetup this Wednesday, we’ll be talking about tools to use for analyzing data. If you’d like to follow along in the meeting, you can install these tools before you arrive.

The two applications are:

  • Tableau public, for analyzing tabular data. It is a great tool for basic data mining.
  • QGIS, for geographic data.

Tableau Public is the free, limited  version of  Tableau’s professional data mining tools. It is really easy to install, just visit their download page to get started.  Tableau Public runs only on Windows, but I run it on my Mac with Parallels. It does a bit of a learning curve, though.

QGIS is and open source GIS application. It is an excellent tool, but a bit rougher. For Windows users, there is a a Standalone Installer that works great. For Mac users, you’ll have to do more work — installing QGIS required installing two frameworks first. To install it, visit this page, then install both of the packages linked in the section titled “Requirements.” Then download and install the QGIS application in the last section.

If you are unfamiliar with these tools, you’ll get a detailed guide in the presentation on Wednesday, and I’ll be producing a few videos to demonstrate their use this week.


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