Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: Providing Government Open Data

This post is part of a series of thoughts following the 2016 International Open Data Conference and Open Cities Summit I recently attended in Madrid, Spain. See my introductory post on the conference and context for this series of posts. Pushing not Pulling A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: What is Government Open Data?

This post is part of a series of thoughts following the 2016 International Open Data Conference and Open Cities Summit I recently attended in Madrid, Spain. See my introductory post on the conference and context for this series of posts. What is Government Open Data? A lot of the talks at the 2016 International Open […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]