Age-Friendly Communities

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Old Projects | 0 comments

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Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) works to improve the quality of  residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE)  by making public RCFE records and reports easier to find, search and understand. This recent article in Senior Housing and Care Journal provides an excellent introduction to the data issues involved in reviewing these facilities, as does CARR’s final report to the county for the rating system pilot program.

For this data project, we will be collecting data to analyze the capacity and affordability of San Diego’s assisted living industry, considering the anticipated need for these services over the next 30 years.  The goal is to to identify those communities in San Diego experiencing the greatest difficulty finding and affording assisted living care services. 

This project will use regional Census data, San Diego’s 211 intake records, SANDAG data, and data from California’s Departments of Health Care Services and Social Services. The analysis from the project will reveal the ability of those 65 and over to afford lifetime average assisted living expenditures of $4,000/month for three years.   Of particular interest for this program would be identifying communities with high concentrations of low-income seniors and the availability (or lack thereof) of Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program (ALWP) beds within the immediate community.

A good place to start for data is the County’s Aging and Independence Services website, but in the kick off meeting will will identify many other sources of data that we should consider and analyze.

Joining The Project

If you’d like to join the project, see the list of items under “Joining a Project”  on the main project list page.

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Healthy Food Access Data Library Project

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

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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 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.

Register

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

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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.

Schedule

Here is the complete schedule:

Where

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 eric@sandiegodata.org, or (619) 363-2607. Or, subscribe to our email list for future announcements.


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Student Data Analysis Contest

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Old Projects | 0 comments

Give your nonprofit, agency or news organization valuable data-driven insights by sponsoring a project at our student data analysis contest. 

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.

Contestant teams will have one week in early March 2015 to answer a set of data-driven questions and visualize the results for one of four projects. Each project will be provided by a nonprofit, government agency or news organization.

The contest will be announced in early January, primarily to college students. For a month before the contest begins, the San Diego Regional Data Library will run a special session of its Practical Data Program to train contestants on using data, Python, R, and IPython to analyze data.

The contest will be judged based on both the work submitted by the teams after the end of the week and the teams’ presentations’ at an evening event the following week.

We are recruiting sponsoring organizations to participate in the contest as:

  • Project Sponsors
  • Prize sponsors
  • Judges
  • Team Mentors

Project Sponsors. Project sponsors are nonprofits, news organizations or government agencies that will describe a compelling problem that the Library staff can turn into a suitable contest. Projects should address an important social issue such as:

  • Hunger
  • Homelessness
  • Health
  • Transportation
  • Education

Project sponsors will provide a staff member for the kick off event, to present the project to contestants and answer questions the contestants may have. Project sponsors don’t need to provide financial support, although they may sponsor additional prize money for their project to encourage more contestants to select that project.

Project sponsors will get:

  • Valuable data-driven insights to core operational issues.
  • Introductions to skilled analysts who can volunteer for additional data work.
  • Promotion in contest marketing materials.

Prize Sponsors. While the main prizes are covered by our sponsor, Teradata, other organizations can sponsor a side prize of their choosing. The side prizes can be awarded for anything the sponsor wants, such as:

  • Best visualization
  • Most compelling explanation of a social issue
  • Best statistical work

Project sponsors may offer a side prize for their project to encourage more contestants to choose it, or encourage a particular focus on the project.

Mentors. Because the contestants will be students, it will be very valuable to have data analysis professionals work with the teams. Mentors can either work with the teams over the course of the week of the contest, for a commitment of about 10 hours or less, or be available for consulting at one or both of the weekend events, a commitment of about 4 hours.

Judges. Prize Sponsors can provide a judge for the main prizes or for their side prize. We are also recruiting judges from the project sponsors and journalists.

Participating in the Contest

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

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