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Amateur Mapmaking: Getting Started With Shapefiles

January 13, 2012
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Amateur Mapmaking: Getting Started With Shapefiles

One of the great things about (software) code is that people build on it and out from it… Which means that as well as producing ever more complex bits of software, tools also get produced over time that make it easier to do things that were once hard to do, or required expensive commercial software

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Over on F1DataJunkie, 2011 Season Review Doodles…

December 30, 2011
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Over on F1DataJunkie, 2011 Season Review Doodles…

Things have been a little quiet, post wise here, of late, in part because of the holiday season… but I have been posting notes on a couple of charts in progress over on the F1DataJunkie blog. Here are links to the posts in chronological order – they capture the evolution of the chart design(s) to

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A Tool Chain for Plotting Twitter Archive Retweet Graphs – Py, R, Gephi

December 21, 2011
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A Tool Chain for Plotting Twitter Archive Retweet Graphs – Py, R, Gephi

Another set of stepping stones that provide a clunky route to a solution that @mhawksey has been working on a far more elegant expression of (eg Free the tweets! Export TwapperKeeper archives using Google Spreadsheet and Twitter: How to archive event hashtags and create an interactive visualization of the conversation)… The recipe is as follows:

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Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish, Redux

December 11, 2011
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Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish, Redux

In Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish, I described a routine for grabbing Twapperkeeper archives, parsing them, and saving them to a local desktop file using the R programming language (downloading RStudio is the easiest way I know of getting R…). Following a post fron @briankelly (Responding to the Forthcoming Demise of TwapperKeeper), where Brian

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Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish

December 10, 2011
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Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish

A couple of years or so ago, various JISC folk picked up on the idea that there might be value in them thar tweets and started encouraging the use of Twapperkeeper for archiving hashtagged tweets around events, supporting the development of that service in exchange for an open source version of the code. Since then,

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More Dabblings With Local Sentencing Data

December 1, 2011
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More Dabblings With Local Sentencing Data

In Accessing and Visualising Sentencing Data for Local Courts I posted a couple of quick ways in to playing with Ministry of Justice sentencing data for the period July 2010-June 2011 at the local court level. At the end of the post, I wondered about how to wrangle the data in R so that I

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Accessing and Visualising Sentencing Data for Local Courts

November 29, 2011
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Accessing and Visualising Sentencing Data for Local Courts

A recent provisional data release from the Ministry of Justice contains sentencing data from English(?) courts, at the offence level, for the period July 2010-June 2011: “Published for the first time every sentence handed down at each court in the country between July 2010 and June 2011, along with the age and ethnicity of each

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Getting Started With Twitter Analysis in R

November 9, 2011
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Getting Started With Twitter Analysis in R

Earlier today, I saw a post vis the aggregating R-Bloggers service a post on Using Text Mining to Find Out What @RDataMining Tweets are About. The post provides a walktrhough of how to grab tweets into an R session using the twitteR library, and then do some text mining on it. I’ve been meaning to

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Data Referenced Journalism and the Media – Still a Long Way to Go Yet?

November 4, 2011
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Data Referenced Journalism and the Media – Still a Long Way to Go Yet?

Reading our local weekly press this evening (the Isle of Wight County Press), I noticed a page 5 headline declaring “Alarm over death rates at St Mary’s”, St Mary’s being the local general hospital. It seems a Department of Health report on hospital mortality rates came out earlier this week, and the Island’s hospital, it

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How Might Data Journalists Show Their Working? Sweave

November 1, 2011
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How Might Data Journalists Show Their Working? Sweave

If part of the role of data journalism is to make transparent the justification behind claims that are, or aren’t, backed up by data, there’s good reason to suppose that the journalists should be able to back up their own data-based claims with evidence about how they made use of the data. Posting links to

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