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Free Software Foundation “Social Benefit” Award Nominations

Ezra Haber Glenn, the author of the acs package in R, recently posted about the Free Software Foundation’s “Social Benefit” Award on the acs mailing list: acs.R Community: The Free Software Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 “Project of Social Benefit Award,” presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, […]

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Meeting Titans of Open Data

The recent Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference gave me the opportunity to meet some people who have made tremendous contributions to the world of Open Data. Jon Sperling One of the most popular R packages I’ve published is choroplethrZip. This package contains the US Census Bureau’s Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) map, as […]

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A “Pre-Training” R Survey

Recently I’ve been working with a client to help their analysts improve their proficiency with R. A major challenge in engagements like this is figuring out the needs of the analysts, as well as their general attitude to the training. To address this I created a “Pre Training Survey” to use with my client. The […]

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Datasets for Building a Data Analysis Portfolio

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Association of Public Data Users (APDU)¬†Conference. My favorite part of the conference was talking to people who work with federal data on a daily basis. Overall I found people to be passionate about their work and eager to share information about it. I know many of […]

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Upcoming talk at the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference

On Thursday, September 14th I will be giving a lightning talk at the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. The talk will be on choroplethr, my suite of R packages for mapping open datasets. This talk is part of my effort to bridge the worlds of free analytical software (e.g. R) […]

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