Pro Bono Data Analysis This Summer

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Analysis, News, Projects | 0 comments

Disadvantaged Student Performance

For Summer of 2017, The San Diego Regional Data Library will be running a data internship program, working on pro-bono data analysis projects for nonprofits, governments and journalists in San Diego County. If your organization has questions that can be answered with data, you can have an undergraduate data analyst work on your project, with professional guidance, for up to 12 weeks.

Project sponsors must be able to describe their needs as a set of questions that can be answered with available data, and must be able to meet with the interns at their site for 1 hour per week. Projects must have a social goal or benefit.

We’re currently running two projects, and expect to be running three or four more this summer.

If your organization needs data analysis this summer, please contact the Data Library Director, Eric Busboom at (619) 363-2607 or eric@sandiegodata.org.

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Healthy Food Access Data Library Project

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in News, Old Projects | 0 comments

Project Management Site

Collect and analyze data about the food system in San Diego county.

The San Diego Food System Alliance’s Healthy Food Access Working Group is developing an indicator library to analyze food access issues, and we need your help to locate datasets, wrangle them into useable shape, and create visualizations.

The work is similar to the topics of our March 2015 Data Contest, with additional work of building a reusable data library to perform additional analysis.

This project needs volunteers with a range of skills, including:

  • Administration and logistics: Call potential data providers, locate datasets, and arrange meetings and events.
  • Data wranglers: People skilled with either Excel or Python to manipulate datasets.
  • Data analysts: Data analysis who know R or Python/Pandas.

We will be starting with a list of potential datasets, from which we will construct Ambry Data Bundles. We can load the bundles into a data library. Then we can do visualizations and analysis, such as this map from a project at Palomar College.

How To Participate

Register for an account at our Redmine Project Site, and I’ll add you to the Health Food Access Data Library.

 

Team meetings will be posted to our Meetup.com site, our Google Calendar,  and to mailing lists. We’ll have our first meetings to get started in mid December.

 

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SDSU Big Data Hackathon

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Big Data Hackathon on Oct 3 at 9AM at SDSU!

On October 3, the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age will host a Big Data Hackathon at San Diego State University. Contestants will use data analysis and programming to solve civic problems related to water conservation, disaster recovery and crime prevention.  Visit the Devpost website for details and to register,  or hit Github for the tech details and data.

 

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Maienschein Mandates Machine Readability

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in News | 1 comment

Finally, our legislators are getting below the surface of the Open Data issue and addressing one of the deeper plains: Open Data is nearly useless when it is delivered in PDF. To address this problem, our very own Brian Maienschein (well, the inland “us” ) has introduced AB 169, which mandates that when agencies publish open data, it is published in a machine readable format.

Yea! One prayer answered! If you are in district 77, send Maienschein some love, if not, tell your assembly person to get with the program.

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2015 Data Contest Winners

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Analysis, News | 0 comments

We completed our 2015 Data Contest with final presentations and winners at the awards ceremony on Tuesday. Here are the winners and their presentations:

  1. UCSD MAS Data Science, Time and Space Analysis of Food Distribution
  2. irHacker, California Suspensions
  3. Flash and Shadow, A Visual Geographical Study on Location, Availability, Public Transportations and Crime Exposure
  4. A Mathematical Modeling Team, Are Some Teachers Just “Meaner” than Others?

We also have two Honorable Mentions:

Thank you all for participating! The submissions were very valuable for the non-profits that were involved, and we’re looking forward to the contest next year.  Until then, if you’d like to get involved in other nonprofit data analysis projects, join the Practical Data Program for announcements about upcoming projects.

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