Data Driven Government Mini-Lesson

I get asked a lot in my classes what it means to be data driven. And while there are plenty of examples, here’s a little mini-example I hope will demonstrate something of what it means to be data-driven in government. The Guardian recently had an interesting feature piece on the issue of walkability. A key […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mapping Vehicle Commuters in New York City

Because many good things come in threes, I thought I’d round out this series of posts (looking at subways and bus commuters) on commuting trends in New York City with a look at vehicle commuters with this map: As before, this uses data from the US Census Bureau 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. It’s […]

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 […]

Mapping the NYC Subway Transit Sheds

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of a transit shed since I first encountered it studying the transit system in New York City. The idea is similar to a watershed, the area drained by a particular river. Public transit lines are like rivers of people, feeding them into the great reservoirs of jobs all around […]

Updating Demographics Around 7-11 Stores in Manhattan

Note: This is part of an infrequent series of posts I’m doing on Census Bureau Demographic Data for Developers based on my experience creating a database of Census Data as part of my summer internship at Patch.com.   Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting my Demographics Around 7-11 Stores in Manhattan for LocationTech NYC in a 5 minute Ignite-style talk.  I’ve been […]