Wanted: Chief Data Officer for America’s Finest City

rwithall: Apply here: ow.ly/yXJOU 

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In support of the city of San Diego’s progress towards implementing an open data policy

http://opensandiego.org/docs/Open-Data-Policy-Support-Letter.pdf

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Every Job in America, an Infographic

thumbsupviz: The NPR article says, Whatever Friday’s monthly jobs report says, it won’t change the big picture. There are roughly 137 million jobs in this country. About two-thirds of those jobs are in private-sector services; the remaining third are split between goods-producing jobs (mainly manufacturing and construction) and government work (mostly at the state and […]

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Employment in America

thumbsupviz: The NPR article says, Whatever Friday’s monthly jobs report says, it won’t change the big picture. There are roughly 137 million jobs in this country. About two-thirds of those jobs are in private-sector services; the remaining third are split between goods-producing jobs (mainly manufacturing and construction) and government work (mostly at the state and […]

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Quote: “Experienced statisticians — the least sexy of titles given to people who explore data…”

Experienced statisticians — the least sexy of titles given to people who explore data — are quick to inform the eager apprentice that most of their time will be spent finding, cleaning, and preparing data. The analysis part — that is, the part that feels the most like panning for gold — is a very small fraction of the job. Bad Data Analysis […]

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America Doesn’t Need Google Fiber Everywhere — But We Do Need Its Buzz

When’s the last time a city did something so exciting that people from every walk of life and every part of town were talking about it? That’s the reaction Google Fiber sparked in Kansas City, and now the excitement — and electrical current of fiber-to-the-home connections — will reach Austin, Texas. Susan Crawford in America […]

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Signal Detection: An Important Skill in a Noisy World

An insidious assumption exists, promoted by software vendors, that knowing how to use a particular data analysis software product “auto-magically” imbues one with the skills of a data analyst. Even with good software—something that’s rare—this is far from true. Just as with any area of expertise, data analysis requires training and practice, practice, practice. Stephen […]

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Signal Detection: An Important Skill in a Noisy World

An insidious assumption exists, promoted by software vendors, that knowing how to use a particular data analysis software product “auto-magically” imbues one with the skills of a data analyst. Even with good software—something that’s rare—this is far from true. Just as with any area of expertise, data analysis requires training and practice, practice, practice. Stephen […]

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Quote: …it’s not about having the data…

… it’s not about having the data, but about the ideas and computational follow-through needed to make use of it … John Kleinberg, WHAT’S THE QUESTION ABOUT YOUR FIELD THAT YOU DREAD BEING ASKED? | Edge.org (via jakehofman)

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What’s the question about your field you dread being asked?

…it’s not about having the data, but about the ideas and computational follow-through needed to make use of it… John Kleinberg, WHAT’S THE QUESTION ABOUT YOUR FIELD THAT YOU DREAD BEING ASKED? | Edge.org (via jakehofman) (via radioon)

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Quote: “When’s the last time a city did something so exciting…”

When’s the last time a city did something so exciting that people from every walk of life and every part of town were talking about it? That’s the reaction Google Fiber sparked in Kansas City, and now the excitement — and electrical current of fiber-to-the-home connections — will reach Austin, Texas. Susan Crawford in America […]

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What, if anything, can a city do to help foster its creative community?

Link: What, if anything, can a city do to help foster its creative community? austinkleon: Affordable housing. That’s not a very sexy answer, but it’s true. If we had universal healthcare and affordable housing, people could be more creative, sleep better at night, and live longer. Dave Koen interviewed me about my gallery talk and […]

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What, if anything, can a city do to help foster its creative community?

austinkleon: Affordable housing. That’s not a very sexy answer, but it’s true. If we had universal healthcare and affordable housing, people could be more creative, sleep better at night, and live longer. Dave Koen interviewed me about my gallery talk and art show in Denton, TX this Thursday. I like the way it turned out. […]

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Neighborday Celebration

libawr: good: This month, we’re doing a special tumblr takeover in support of Neighborday — a global celebration of the people with whom we share space. Each day, we’ll be sharing helpful tips, tools, and updates leading up to the inaugural event on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Want to know more? Start by adding Neighborday […]

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Neighborday

libawr: good: This month, we’re doing a special tumblr takeover in support of Neighborday — a global celebration of the people with whom we share space. Each day, we’ll be sharing helpful tips, tools, and updates leading up to the inaugural event on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Want to know more? Start by adding Neighborday […]

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Quote: “…you should start with a question, NOT the data…”

Any data scientist worth their salary will tell you that you should start with a question, NOT the data. Unfortunately, data hackathons often lack clear problem definitions. Most companies think that if you can just get hackers, pizza, and data together in a room, magic will happen. This is the same as if Habitat for […]

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Start with a question, not the data.

Any data scientist worth their salary will tell you that you should start with a question, NOT the data. Unfortunately, data hackathons often lack clear problem definitions. Most companies think that if you can just get hackers, pizza, and data together in a room, magic will happen. This is the same as if Habitat for […]

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Jeffery Johnson addresses San Diego City Council Committee

codeforamerica: Open San Diego leader & Brigade Captain, Jeffrey Johnson speaking before San Diego City Council Infrastructure Committee. Fast forward to 1:29. Three cheers for our fearless Brigade Captain!

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Quote: “Transparency can be a powerful thing, but not in isolation….”

Transparency can be a powerful thing, but not in isolation. So, let’s stop passing the buck by saying our job is just to get the data out there and it’s other people’s job to figure out how to use it. Let’s decide that our job is to fight for good in the world. Aaron Swartz […]

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City of Chicago :: Mayor Emanuel Expands Open Data on City Portal with Executive Order

Link: City of Chicago :: Mayor Emanuel Expands Open Data on City Portal with Executive Order oreillyradar: Today, the City of Chicago expanded its open data efforts with an executive order by Mayor Emanuel. “An open and transparent administration makes it easier for residents to hold their government accountable, but it also serves as a platform […]

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How to Work With Data

futurejournalismproject: How to Work With Data The other day, Bitly’s data chief Hilary Mason explained how to get started with data. Today, she discusses how to work with data, from getting it, to exploring it to interpreting it. A while back, Hilary and Columbia mathematician Chris Wiggins wrote about this process, called it a taxonomy […]

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Picture: San Diego needs one of these….

San Diego needs one of these.

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Setting up ArtAround in San Diego

It’s been nearly a month since we hosted our Code Across America event at SDSU’s Viz Center, and I’m just now getting around to writing about it, and particularly, the excellent work done by the team who worked on the ArtAround App. Overall the event was a great success. We got a great mix of […]

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Code Across America Hackathon at the SDSU Visualization Center

Code Across America Hackathon at the SDSU Visualization Center Code Across America Hackathon: Open Data San Diego Team Report On Saturday, March 3rd,  Open San Diego got in on the Code Across America  action.  Dr. Eric Frost graciously offered up his Visualization Center at San Diego State University for our workspace and we made good […]

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Quote: Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

“We have to be able to collect the data in the first place. We have a Chief Information Officer for the first time. And I’ve made a proposal to the legislature that we make a capital investment, not just an operating cost investment, in the most modern capacity for technology transfer of every kind, hardware […]

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Open Architecture [i.e., The Internet Is a Human Right]

Link: Open Architecture [i.e., The Internet Is a Human Right] civiccommons: continuations: The Internet is not really a technology but rather a set of principles that have become embodied in a bunch of different technologies.  I am going to quote at some length from a document that Cerf also co-authored about the history of the Internet: […]

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Quote: “The idea… transform government from a centralized provider of services into a platform…”

“The idea, advocates of open data say, is to transform government from a centralized provider of services into a platform on which citizens can build their own tools to make government work better.”—Marcus Wohlsen News from The Associated Press Gov 2.0 goes mainstream in the AP. (via digiphile)

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Ryan X-13 Vertijet c. 1955 by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives on Flickr. The San Diego Air & Space Museum has added its photo archives to Flickr Commons. Bravo!

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Come Learn R with Us!

Our very own Brian Conner (who is great) has offered to provide a high speed introduction to R, a free software environment for statistical computing and data visualization. From installation to data manipulation to plots and maps in one hour. We’ll be holding it at the San Diego Foundation (map) at 6:30pm on April 20th. […]

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sunfoundation: 85 open data portals around the world, map assembled by BuzzData. Working hard to put San Diego on this map!

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lookhigh: Marcelino Alvarez was getting frustrated and a little paranoid last week as he watched news reports about radiation levels in Japan and plumes drifting across the Pacific…. Alvarez got an idea: Enlist an army of citizen scientists to buy Geiger counters — they’re advertised online for several hundred dollars — and send radiation measurements to a […]

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smartercities: IBM Unveils CityForward.org Data Site for Urban Planners Source: Wall St. Journal IBM on Wednesday introduced CityForward.org, a new free website intended to provide more complete data to city planners, as well as community groups and individuals. The site doesn’t actually create data, but aggregates data sets from various agencies in more than 50 […]

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Today, we’re opening the Public Data Explorer to your data. We’re making a new data format, the Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL), openly available, and providing an interface for anyone to upload their datasets. DSPL is an XML-based format designed from the ground up to support rich, interactive visualizations like those in the Public Data Explorer. […]

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Stanford’s visualization group released a tool for cleaning and transforming data

Link: Stanford’s visualization group released a tool for cleaning and transforming data jimray: All web-based, it takes care of the hard part of data processing and gives you data in a clean format. The demo looks pretty magical.

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Companies and civic agencies need to develop innovative partnerships with city leaders, partnerships that leverage a city’s data to make better decisions and address the greater good. How To Save America’s Cities With Data Analytics – Forbes.com (via smartercities)

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Explore Data with Us at Drumbeat San Diego

Our friends at New Media Rights are organizing Drumbeat San Diego, which they describe as a “new kind of gathering of technologists, artists, filmmakers, attorneys, community organizers, and creators of all types.” Drumbeat is happening on February 5th, 2011 at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center in North Park. Register for the event. It’s free, […]

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Microsoft hires OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast and donates aerial imagery

Link: Microsoft hires OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast and donates aerial imagery jimray: Microsoft’s history with hiring high profile open source developers is pretty mixed, but I’m cautiously optimistic all the same. The aerial imagery is a pretty big deal. This is good news for Open San Diego!

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A Hundred Million 311 Calls

Link: A Hundred Million 311 Calls designlanguage: This Wired article charts the nature and location of calls. (Via Infosthetics) Let’s do this for San Diego.

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As a diverse city that supports countless industries and maverick interests, New York excels at creating those eclectic networks. Subcultures and small businesses generate ideas and skills that inevitably diffuse through society, influencing other groups. As the sociologist Claude Fischer put it in an influential essay on subcultures published in 1975, “The larger the town, […]

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The future belongs to the companies who figure out how to collect and use data successfully. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn have all tapped into their datastreams and made that the core of their success. They were the vanguard, but newer companies like bit.ly are following their path. Whether it’s mining your personal biology, building […]

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Our world is shaped by widespread statistical illiteracy. We fear things that probably won’t kill us (terrorist attacks) and ignore things that probably will (texting while driving). We buy lottery tickets. We fall prey to misleading gut instincts, which lead to biases like loss aversion—an inability to gauge risk against potential gain. The effects play […]

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A Night of Open Government at the New York Times

Link: A Night of Open Government at the New York Times Great work being done with data in NYC. Certainly things San Diego can learn from and build upon.

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Mera from New Media Rights Sharing (by macsd) Great photo of Mera talking at last night’s meeting by the MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego team. Thanks to everyone who came out! If you haven’t already, please consider supporting MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project.

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markcoatney: nightline: Thirdway.org proposes a taxpayer receipt. The IRS breaking down how the check you sent them was spent. Although that’d be one more receipt to keep track of.  Here’s what it would look like for FY09. (via Ezra Klein) This is very smart, because it expresses the information in a way that’s a lot […]

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EVENT: Introductions and Wiki Night

View Larger Map Come out to Media Arts Center San Diego (@macsd) at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 5th and meet fellow San Diegans interested in improving our fine city through the power of open data. We will… Eat pizza and get to know each other Introduce Open San Diego, our mission and our current plans […]

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Starting Open San Diego has been a lot of fun. It’s exciting to see how quickly our community has grown! The most difficult, and important, work to do in these early days is make ourselves an official non-profit, select a board, and start raising money. It takes time to do it right. While we figure […]

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Slides from Ignite San Diego 2 This presentation was essentially the launch of Open San Diego. We’re still a few months away from beginning our projects, but Ignite was a great opportunity to explain our mission and find people excited to join our cause.

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