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Reproducibility in Code and Science

This week SciPy 2016 took place in Austin. I didn’t attend. However, the conference produced a lot of really interesting conversation and sharing of links to talks on youtube on two different slack channels I follow.One of the themes that stood out was reproducibility. A good introduction to the problem of reproducibility is point 3[…]

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Gource – Log Visualization Tool

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 Fly Over

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[…]

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Space City JavaScript Conference

A Post-Conference Review of Space City JSI just got back from Space City JS, a JavaScript conference in Houston, Texas. Ideally, I’d write an intelligent piece of prose after long reflection. My schedule doesn’t allow for that, so here are some bullet points. The coffee was strong! and more than cream and sugar was provided[…]

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Data Visualization Compilations

A Compilation of Data Visualization Compilations:There are a wide variety of tools out there for data visualization. Some nice people have come up with compilations of their favorite tools. Other people have created galleries of really outstanding data visualizations that you can use as inspiration. Over the past year, I’ve bookmarked a lot of them.[…]

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How to Study for GIS Certification Exams

GIS Certification:GIS certification is one of those certifications where no one is completely sure of its exact value. I don’t know of any business or organization where it is mandatory, but sometimes you see it listed under “preferred” on job advertisements. When I asked a question about the value of certification versus portfolios in a LinkedIN group devoted[…]

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Tableau Data Visualization Animal Control Calls

Tableau: Data Visualization Software (& mapping)Tableau is similar to CartoDB and MapBox, which were discussed in earlier posts here and here. All are designed to allow the user to quickly drop in data and create visual representations of that data. All have free and paid versions. Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau. The main[…]

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Learning to Code

“A Highly Opinionated & Abbreviated Guide for Taking the First Steps to Learn a Bit of Code” Why Write this?Someone asked me for help figuring out where to start regarding learning how to code today. Fundamentally, that’s why I’m writing this. I figured I’d might as well put it in a post and send her the link.Additionally,[…]