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: Why Teach Analytics?

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. The […]

Teaching Analytics to NYC Employees: An Introduction

For over a year now, I’ve been teaching analytics courses for employees of the City of New York. Starting with a course called Data Analytics for Managers, I began helping the 300,000 civil service employees in New York become more data literate by helping them be comfortable with numbers and figures, as well as more […]

Map Hacking NYCT Subway Station Conditions, Part I

There’s probably a name for someone who takes the data from someone’s map and creates a whole new map based on it because they thought the first map didn’t do the data justice. I’m sure the name is not pleasant and I’m also sure it applies to me. After hearing about the Citizens Budget Commission interactive map […]

The Art of Writing Automatic Tweets

I’m a coder, by which I mean, I like solving problems with code. The more elegant the code, the better. Being also trained in the humanities, I have a aesthetic sensibility, particularly around language. Having wanted to write a Twitter bot for a while, I finally took the time to deploy one (you can see it […]

My First Twitter Bot

Inspired by the legion of Twitter bots created by Allison Parish to disseminate all kinds of lovely linguistic mayhem, I decided to build my own bot. While I love what she’s put together (my personal favorites are The Ephemerides and Deep Question Bot), I knew that generating text algorithmically wouldn’t be my thing. I’d played with Citibike […]