Workshop – August 16 in Santa Fe Exploring New Mexico Neighborhood Data With Online Tools and Maps
Jul 24th, 2019 by Tom Johnson


Santa Fe – A public workshop on finding, analyzing and communicating government data will be held Aug. 16 from 8:00 a.m. to noon in the Santa Fe New Mexican conference room, .

The free event will give non-profit staff members, community organizers, public employees and interested citizens hands-on experience finding, downloading and analyzing data from local, state and national data bases. 

Such data and its analysis are key aspects for writing grant applications, managing and assessing projects and explaining goals and results to funding agencies, bosses, boards of directors and the public.

The event is co-sponsored by It’s The People’s Data, New Mexico Community Data Collaborative, Inst. For Analytic Journalism, NM Foundation for Open Government, ConAlma Health Foundation and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Participants will have a chance to explore more than 750 New Mexico data bases related to public health, traffic safety, education, and the environment.  Such techniques can also be applied to interpreting crime statistics, campaign contributions and election results. 

Typically, the data can be displayed as maps.  Data and maps are powerful tools to enrich  community assessment and participatory decision-making.

Space is limited to 20.  If interested, register at and bring your laptop.


Questions?  Contact:
Tom Johnson – It’s The People’s Data – 505-473-9646

Tom Scharman  
NM Office of Community Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
505-897-5700 ext 126

DigitalGlobe Partners With Mapbox To Launches Its Maps API
Aug 13th, 2015 by Tom Johnson

Very high quality satellite imagery integrated into the MapBox APIs and SLA:
​From the post:
Most developers, however, don’t just want pretty satellite imagery (with resolutions of down to 30 centimeter per pixel in some regions). They also need street data and other information. To offer developers that, the company has partnered with Mapbox, an OpenStreetMap-based mapping service. Mapbox will distribute DigitalGlobe’s imagery and back the service with an SLA.​
​This seems like a huge deal especially if the data can be used for Live Texture or other ​image computations.
​ Thanks to Owen Densmore


7/7 Webinar: Excel Basics for Analyzing Health Data
Jun 26th, 2015 by Tom Johnson

Paul Overberg is one of the very best in our business.  Yeah, we’re old friends, but he’s still one of the best.  Take advantage of what he will have to say.

With the explosion of public health data online, more journalists than ever need analytical tools in their daily work. This webinar will teach newcomers how to use a spreadsheet to do simple data cleanup and analysis for journalism. The webinar will be led by Paul Overberg, former data editor of USA Today.

Excellent progress at the City of Albuquerque’s Open Data site
Jun 23rd, 2015 by Tom Johnson

Kudos to the City of Albuquerque for its ABQ Data site at   Especially helpful is that it includes links to the data set’s Metadata —  Something not see enough.  Bravo, señores, bravo.

Fiscal Data Visualisations
Jun 22nd, 2015 by Tom Johnson

Some fascinating of data visualizations from around the world compiled by Jonathan Gray.  This demonstrates that the concept “Open Data” wasn’t just discovered this year.  Check out

When data journalism meets science
Jun 11th, 2015 by Tom Johnson

We missed this when originally published last fall, but still quite timely.  And we didn’t know of the existence of the International School of Science Journalism.

When data journalism meets science 

Introductory lesson about data journalism within science journalism and science communication during the International School of Science Journalism 2014 in Erice (June 10th, 2014)


Webinar: Getting your data into R
May 27th, 2015 by Tom Johnson

Webinar Invitation
Date: June 10th, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT



You can’t use R for data analysis unless you can get your data into R. Getting your data into R can be a major hassle, so in the last few months Hadley has been working hard to make it easier.

In this webinar Hadley will discuss the places you most often find data (databases, excel, text files, other statistical packages, web apis, and web pages) and the packages (DBI, xml2, jsonlite, haven, readr, exel) that make it easy to get your data into R.

HadleyHadley Wickham – Hadley is Chief Scientist at RStudio and Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Rice University. His work includes R packages for data analysis (ggplot2plyrreshape2); packages that make R less frustrating (lubridate for datesstringr for stringshttr for accessing web APIs); and that make it easier to do good software development in R (roxygen2testthat,devtoolslineprofstaticdocs). He is also a writer, educator, and frequent contributor to conferences promoting more accessible and more effective data analysis. GitHub

Best Regards,

Webinar Recordings:

All of our previous webinars have been recorded and can be found here:


Previous Webinars include:

  • The Grammar and Graphics of Data Science

  • Reproducible Reporting

  • Interactive Reporting

  • Managing package dependencies in R with packrat

  • Data wrangling with R & RStudio

  • Version control with git, github and RStudio

  • Creating JavaScript data visualizations in R

  • overview and Tour

  • Dynamic Dashboards with Shiny

  • How to Convert R Code to Shiny Code

New skills for new challenges
May 20th, 2015 by Tom Johnson

May 18, 2015

“In this era, when data journalism is seen as a way forward to deal with difficult issues in a balanced, unbiased manner, it is important to understand the rules that govern statistical data collection.
A.S. Paneerselvam

“Last week, Special Public Prosecutor B.V. Acharya said that a glaring arithmetical error by the Karnataka High Court in computing the loans taken from banks by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa, her aides and their firms resulted in their acquittal. While it is for the highest judiciary to decide on the exactness of computation of loans and the legitimate income in Ms. Jayalalithaa’s case, it raises an interesting question about the skills journalists need to possess to evaluate facts.

One of the early lessons I learnt about being a journalist was the importance of constant skill enhancement and the need for comprehensive revision of domain expertise…”[MORE]

Washington Post Build App for Breaking News Freelancers
May 19th, 2015 by Tom Johnson

So cool: The @washingtonpost Talent Network. Like Uber or Task Rabbit, but to hire freelance reporters. Retweet from Mariam Rom

The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference
Jun 25th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The National Inst. of  Justice was one of the early adopters of GIS perspectives and technologies.  For the past decade, it has funded impressive research in the field, the results of which typically can transfer to other disciplines and questions related to space, time and events.  Note, too, that both the pre-workshops and the conference are FREE.

National Institute of Justice Registration is now open for the rescheduled 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference!

The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference

When: October 19–21, 2011 Pre-conference Workshops: October 17–18

Where: Hilton Miami Downtown Miami, FL


About: The Crime Mapping Research Conference is about understanding crime, criminal justice, and public safety and their effect on, and by, places. At the 11th conference, you can explore: the latest research findings practical applications technology demonstrations policy results

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