School without Water, Electricity or Toilets

Sound appealing? Probably not! Unfortunately, this is the sad reality for many children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Even worse, this sad reality is only for those children lucky enough to even attend school. In the world today, there are 58 million out of school children, and 43% of those children will never start attending school.

UIS LeftBehind
UIS LeftBehind

FFunction, a Montreal-based data visualization studio, and UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) recently launched 2 interactive data visualizations. Both are creative and innovative ways to present information.

  • Out of School Children – Explore how gender, income, and location affect a child’s education
  • Left Behind – View how and why African girls struggle to obtain an education

For more on the topic, see my entire guest post on the DataKind blog, Data Visualization for Good – Education in Africa

Sense.io Launches Data Science Platform to the Public

Sense has launched to the public today, March 18, 2015.  Sense is an online data science platform providing you the capability to easily perform your entire data science workflow via a browser.  No need to provision new servers or install software, just click “New Project” and start your analysis.  The Sense platform includes the following features:

  • Languages: R, Python, Julia, SQL
  • Simple collaboration for teams
  • Easily Scale up or down with just the click of a mouse
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Notifications for completion of long running tasks
  • An on-premise Enterprise version

I have been one of the early beta-testers for Sense, and  I have previously written about using the platform.  I really like the platform.  I find it easy, intuitive, and clean.  Plus, I love being able to run all my analysis with just my chromebook. So, go signup and please feel free to follow me at sense.io/ryanswanstrom as I am sure to be adding some new analysis.

Below is a video with an expanded introduction to the Sense Platform.

Open Data is Important For Cities

Ben Wellington gives an excellent Ted Talk on open data. He argues that cities need to make more of an effort to release data in a standardized and machine-readable format. This could help cities be safer and fiscally responsible. He is hoping New York City sets the standards for open data for cities. As a bonus, he is a wonderful story teller.