Open Schools Kenya, which uses data from multiple sources to map education institutions in the capital of Nairobi. The traditional strategy of monitoring human rights violations goes like this: Local and international human rights groups often focus on legal advocacy, …

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It’s been really interested to watch how the recently published Environment Agency (EA) LIDAR data has been seized on by a variety of communities to create interesting, fun and useful tools. For many people, myself included, learning about LIDAR has been …

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I’m a self-confessed data junkie, but I appreciate that spreadsheets aren’t everyone’s idea of fun. Most people want their digested data packaged up into compelling stories and beautiful visuals. My j…

Living in York for the majority of my life you kind of get used to flooding, it happens frequently. With the number of floods increasing and their chances of it being a real nasty one also increasing, it might be …

Extracting #MetOffice #OpenData in #Clojure Read more »

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Kenya and Ethiopia, has created an innovative insurance product to protect livestock keepers from drought related asset losses insurance, as part of a coping and adaptation strategy. According to the research institute, …

ILRI using satellite imagery to protect and insure livestock in East Africa Read more »

Another big part of the food supply comes from ranches and farms that raise and slaughter various livestock. While ranching is sometimes bundled with agriculture, I discussed farming in Big Data in Agriculture, so we’ll focus on ranching this time …

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(This article was first published on R – Win-Vector Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) Here is a video I made showing how R should not be considered “scarier” than Excel to analysts. One of the takeaway points: it is …

Using Excel versus using R Read more »

(A printable PDF version link is at the end of this page) Purpose of agency The mission of the Marlborough District Council (MDC), a NZ unitary authority, includes managing risks to public safety associated with natural events such as riverine …

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Building, tuning, sharing, deploying, and scaling predictive models is challenging, and rarely covered in statistics class. Learn how to make data science work in the real world in this webinar.