Data Science

Wut 2 Do Wif Werdz

[Cross-post from IcanHazDataScience] One of the first cool things beginning data scientists do with a bunch of words is create a word cloud.  There are several ways to do this, but it’s important to know about tools like D3 (one of the most powerful software libraries for data visualisation), so we’ll use that.  Before you run off screaming because it’s a javascript library, it’s okay: there are a whole bunch of example pages on the D3 website, that you can play with your own data with.  One of these is the word cloud generator.  Go there and play with it now… here are some clouds for both crisismapping and my own sites, with some comments… blog.overcognition.com – my work blog.  I seem to have a thing about countries, Wamp, Ushahidi and Data (which really reflects the last 3 posts that I wrote).  Now because I used Jason’s example code, it’s using every word…

Humanitarianism

Writing an Ignite Talk

Ignite talks are the standard format of events like ICCM and other GIS-focussed events. They look great on stage, and might seem impossible to do if you’re not used to speaking. But it’s not that bad really. You too can write and present and ignite talks! So what *is* an Ignite Talk? An ignite is a 5-minute talk where you supply 20 slides. Each of those slides is shown for 15 seconds before automatically moving to the next one. 5 minutes. That’s not too bad. How do you start planning an Ignite talk? Here’s how I do it. This isn’t the “right” way – it’s just one of many – but it’s a place for you to start. First, know what you want to talk about. For instance, I want to give an ignite talk about giving ignite talks. You know the general area of the event (e.g. “crisismapping”) –…