This weekend, I needed to set up Python on a Windows 7 virtual machine that I had set up on my Mac. I don’t know why, but I always seem to have a problem installing Python and setting up the environment and so I’m going to document the process here so that in X months […]

The other day at work, I was asked to find out how many X* were in a particular district in England. Given we seem to have SO MANY ways that we slice & dice the country up with Ceremonial Counties, Parliamentary Constituencies, Local Government Districts (which can be boroughs, cities or Royal Boroughs) you can see […]

Well, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I set myself a challenge to complete the Python course on Codecademy and I did it – I completed the Python track and it was fantastic! I was given the opportunity to put my newly found Python skills in to action this week as I needed […]

Well, it’s been a while since my last update and a lot has been happening with this blog behind the scenes (bye, bye 1&1 hosting and hello to the wonderful Squirrel Hosting) and with myself. In short, I am going in to hospital for an operation on 6th June which is a little bit nerve-wracking, exciting […]

For the final week of the MOOC, we have been given the task of producing an infographic of our own – this means choosing a topic, gathering the information and presenting an idea to show the information in graphic form. As my previous sketches have been for interactive infographics, I wanted to give a static […]

Our goal this week was to think about what kind of interactive graphic we could create based on the data used in the Guardian’s piece about unemployment in the US -> http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep/08/us-unemployment-obama-jobs-speech-state-map There is a lot of data used behind the scenes of this graphic which is great but is also slightly frustrating. For example, […]

The goal for this week was to think about how an interactive graphic based on a particular report by Publish What You Fund, and also published in a Guardian blog, would look. The data in question relates to how transparent major donor organisations are with their own data and so each organisation has been rated using a distinct set of […]