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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Recording of my Talk at the ACS Data Users Conference

I recently had the honor of speaking at the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference. My talk focused on choroplethr, the suite of R packages I’ve written for mapping open datasets in R. The ACS is the one of the main surveys that the US Census Bureau runs, and I was honored to […]

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acs v2.1.1 is now on CRAN

A new version of the acs package is now on CRAN. I recommend that all users of choroplethr update to this version. Here is how to do it: As a reminder, after updating the acs package you might need to reinstall your Census API key with ?api.key.install. New Performance Issue Internally, choroplethr uses the acs package […]

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Upcoming Talk at the Bay Area R Users Group (BARUG)

Next Tuesday (August 8) I will be giving a talk at the Bay Area R Users Group (BARUG). The talk is titled Beyond Popularity: Monetizing R Packages. Here is an abstract of the talk: This talk will cover my initial foray into monetizing an open source R package. In 2015, a year after publishing the initial […]

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Workshop on Monetizing R Packages

Last week I gave a talk at the San Francisco EARL Conference about monetizing R packages. The talk was well received, so this Thursday at 9am PT I will be giving the same presentation as a live workshop. This workshop covers my initial foray into monetizing choroplethr, which occurred in 2015. You will learn: Why I […]

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Upcoming Talk on Monetizing R Packages

In early June I will be speaking at the San Francisco EARL Conference about my experience monetizing my own open source R packages. This is quite an exciting talk for me, as it will be the first time that I speak about this topic! If you will be at the conference, please contact me so we […]

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Choroplethr v3.6.1 is now on CRAN

Choroplethr version 3.6.1 is now on CRAN. This version makes it easier to Calculate the percent change in demographic datasets Visualize that percent change on a map [content_upgrade cu_id=”5640″]Bonus: Download the code in this post![content_upgrade_button]Click Here[/content_upgrade_button][/content_upgrade] As an example, the following map shows how the median age in US States changed between 2010 and 2015: In […]

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