My name is Justin Gosses.
I work as a contractor on a NASA data analytics team doing web development, data visualization, and data science. I also have a professional background in geoscience with extensive experience in GIS (making maps).
The background image above and below is Iran’s Dasht-e Kavir (Great Salt Desert). Image courtesy NASA.
[BLOG POST COMING SOON]This weekend I finally got to do a hackathon project I’ve been wanting to try for more than two years. It leverages machine-learning to mimic human-created stratigraphic picks. It uses a dataset of 2000 wells with picks from the Alberta Energy Regulator, which is one of the only public datasets I’m aware[…]
Four conferences, two hackathons, and a lot of meet-ups: Analyzing what I’ve gotten from technical gatherings outside of work this year Part 1 – The PremiseOver the last year, I’ve been lucky to attend more than my usual number of conferences, meetups, and hackathons. Some of the events were paid by work, some were paid[…]
This week I presented on the last 40 years of digital data visualization tools at Johnson Space Center Data Science Day. The event was held just off site this year, so it could be opened up to the public. The talk was a condensed, and I think improved, version of a talk I had previous gave[…]
Sometimes I get to combine geology nerdiness with technology nerdiness. This post definitely falls into that category. Earlier this year, I contributed to a kickstarter campaign by Ángel Rodríguez that raised $99,258 to bring into existence an inexpensive short period seismometer produced by OSAP. It consists of programs running on the Raspberry Pi, a small board that sits on top of[…]
“THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF DATA VISUALIZATION TOOLS IN LARGE ORGANIZATIONS”I recently gave a talk at the Houston Data Visualization meet-up. In addition to being a good excuse for putting time on my calendar to research the evolution of data visualization tools over the past 40 years, the talk allowed me to try out a few presentation[…]
User interface add-ons to make a better parallel sets visualizations: (skip to the data visualization here.)Parallel sets is a data visualization type that shows how attributes of different types are distributed across a large number of instances. Common examples include datasets of the characteristics of passengers on the Titanic disaster and nutrition information of many different types of[…]
I did some research on different tools for creating flow charts today.Originally, I started down this path trying to figure out what open-source project I might be able to hack on and produce a project that would generate XKCD style flow charts, similar to how bokeh (python library) has XCKD style plots as built-in option. I[…]
Today I got to play with hardware at an International Nodebot Day event put on by NodeJS Houston. It was a lot of fun, and I was surprised by how much got accomplished in less than a day. I used a Tessel2 board from Sparkfun, which comes with linux and Node.js installed. The best thing about[…]
At work, I put projects I complete into our group’s gallery of data-visualization work. It is good internal marketing for what our group can deliver. Unfortunately, even behind a NASA firewall, there are some things I can’t put in the gallery. Examples have included data visualizations of human resource data and financial data where the public[…]
ISS = International Space StationEarlier this week someone came into my office at work and asked to borrow three of our beanbags, so they could have recently returned astronauts sit in them while doing a facebook live-stream event. Apparently, it has become tradition. That prompted me to google ISS fly over application. I heard NASA[…]