Curriculum Development Using Design Thinking

I was recently given the opportunity to develop a series of geospatial information system (GIS) classes for the New York City Department of Transportation. These classes build on the successful series of data analytics classes I’ve been teaching for NYC employees and are intended to help develop the ability of NYCDOT employees to better leverage open […]

Data-Driven Government, Part II

As I wrote about in a recent blog post, I’m interested in the idea of building and fostering a data-driven culture within government and non-profit organizations. My inspiration is the work of Carl Anderson and his book Creating a Data-Driven Organization. While I’d been intending to let these ideas ferment ahead of the NYC DCAS […]

Data-Driven Government

I think like most people, I often use the adjective “data-driven” without having really thought about what it means. I often use it in my data analytics classes as shorthand for how government can be led by data without stopping to discuss the concept or even explain the term. A recent webcast with Carl Anderson changed that. He was talking […]

Responsible Uses of Open Data

This week I attended the Responsible Uses of Open Data in Government and the Private Sector conference at NYU. As someone who teaches with open data and lectures on the use of open data in government, I have a keen interest in learning about the latest thinking about the costs and benefits of open data. The conference seemed […]

Teaching Analytics to NYC Employees: Excel as a Tool for Summarizing Data

This blog post is part of a series of posts I’m doing outlining the experiences I’ve had in a year of teaching analytics classes to NYC employees. For more information on the courses I teach, see the Github repository of course outlines and other important information as well as the other posts in this series. I […]

Installing matplotlib and pandas on Amazon EC2

I’m trying to add analytics to my first Twitter bot and to do that, I need to use the pandas and matplotlib packages in Python. Trying to install these on my Amazon EC2 instance revealed an unpleasant thing about the Amazon Linux package manager: it’s updated like the decor in my local bodega is updated, hardly ever. […]

A Quick Template for Integrating CartoDB into an Interactive Web Project

Yesterday, I got the chance to join the folks from CartoDB for their CartoCamp Edu, bringing together educators and web-mapping practitioners, including Chris Whong, to discuss how to use CartoDB in the classroom. As an educator who teaches CartoDB to mostly working professionals in the Certificate Program in GIS and Design at Pratt Institute, I’m always interested in new ways […]