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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Data Contest Links

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in News | 0 comments

The SDSU Data Contest Kickoff is tomorrow! Better register if you haven’t already. Here are all of the last minute details.

Time and Location:



  • Laptop

Staff Contacts:

Also, Our Twitter hashtag is #sddc15

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Prepare Your Data Contest Toolkit

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in News | 0 comments

To get ready for the Data Contest, you’ll want to ensure that your laptop already has installed on it all of the tools you’ll need. There is a set of tools that we use in most of our programs, and it will serve as a good base for your contest toolkit. These tools are:

Additionally, we frequently use Sqlite files for data storage and to sort and search thorough data using SQL. Sqlite is already installed almost everywhere, but you may want to get a Sqlite GUI to make it more like working with a spreadsheet.

If you’d like to get a visual introduction to these tools, we’ll be running Google Hangouts to demo the tools. Signup and get contact information for these sessions at our Meetup Page. 

This same set of tools will serve you well if you come to the full day data conference that the Python Meetup group is hosting, starting at 8:30 on the same day as the Contest. Come early, learn some useful skills, and put them to the test in the afternoon. Visit the Data Science FunConference registration page for details and to get a free ticket.

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Data Contest in 10 Days!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in News | 0 comments

The SDSU / Data Library Data Contest has teamed up with UCSD, Python User Group and several Data Science User’s groups to now offer a full day event with two morning tutorials (R and Python) a mid-day exhibition with many Data Science projects and software demos, an afternoon Machine Learning challenge and the kick off to the SDSU / Data Library Data Contest. Visit the signup page to join the contest, learn more about data science, and have a chance to win part of the $2,100 in prizes. Visit the Conference Eventbright page to register for the conference. 



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SDSU Datathon

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in News, Old Projects | 0 comments

Solve Social Problems for $2,700 in Prizes

The San Diego Regional Data Library, the SDSU Society for Statisticians and Actuaries and Teradata are organizing a data analysis contest to aid nonprofits, journalists and government agencies in making better use of data, develop a broader regional capacity for data analysis, and introduce students interested in data analysis to future employers.

In this contest, student teams will work on one of three projects, addressing education, food insecurity or community development. After the February 28th kick off, teams will have one week to analyze the data and visualize the analysis, before presenting the results to the public at the March 10 awards ceremony.

Data Science FunConference. The Data Contest is running together with a Data Science Conference run by the Python Meetup group, 5 other meetup groups, companies and universities. The conference will feature training sessions, data science training, and software demos. Visit the conference registration page for a full schedule.

No Experience Necessary. This event will be held in conjunction with the San Diego Python User Group and San Diego Data Science,  who will be offering a data science training class the morning before the contest kickoff. Come early to learn data analysis techniques in your favorite language, then apply them in the contest later in the afternoon. Additionally, Teradata employees will serve as mentors to teams, to offer guidance or help if you get stuck.

No Team Required. Singleton analysts are welcome! You can come early for the training session to meet other single analysts, or join a team at the event.

College, High-school or Pro. The contest is open to high-school students and college students. Professionals and post-students are welcome to participate too, but only students are eligible for prizes.


Data Contest, 28 Feb, 1pm

Register for Contest

Data Science Conference, 28 Feb, 8:30am

Register For Conference

Awards Ceremony, 10 March, 6:30pm

Eventbrite - SDSU Data Contest Awards Ceremony

Not ready to register? Join the mailing list for announcements and updates

Mailing List

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Non-analysts Needed. The data projects can use many different skills, including programers, visual designers, technical writers and presenters. Your skills will be valuable even if you aren’t a statistician.


Here is the complete schedule:


Both the Data Conference and the Data Contest will be held at SDSU, in Peterson Gym, room 153.

San Diego State University – Peterson Gym 153

More Information

If you are interested in being involved in the contest, as a project sponsor, mentor or contestant, contact Eric Busboom at, or (619) 363-2607. Or, subscribe to our email list for future announcements.

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