My 6 Key Takeaways from the Summit on Data-Smart Government

I just finished a day and a half in the company of some of the most interesting people in government, chief data officers and their performance management peers. The occasion was the first Summit on Data-Smart Government, sponsored by the Civic Analytics Network. While there were many great and interesting discussions, here is a short […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Mapping NYCT Bus Transit Sheds

Alon Levy left a comment on my post earlier today about NYCT Subway transit sheds asking about bus travel. The code I’d written to access the Census API was easy to customize and I just swapped out the subway trips for bus to get this map: As I mentioned in my previous post, relatively few people on […]