COMPUTATION RESEARCH in BOSTON and BEYOND (CRiBB)
Date May 1, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Arcolano RunKeeper
Topic Bridging the Gap Between Data and Insight Using Open-Source Tools
Abstract

Despite the proliferation of open-source tools for analysis (such as Python and R) and those used for visualization (such as Javascript / D3), there often exist significant gaps between these areas, and those of us trying to navigate the complete arc from data to insight can encounter many obstacles along the way. Fortunately, in recent years there have been many efforts to fill these needs, and today distilling a meaningful visualization from raw data is faster and easier than ever before.

In this talk we will use will use examples in geospatial analysis and visualization to illustrate how to open-source tools like Python, geopandas, and TileMill work together. Using examples from the RunKeeper mobile app we will show how we currently use these tools to understand better our customers and their data, and to communicate with our colleagues, external partners, and the data community at large.


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