Why I love Excel

UPDATE: Some time after writing this post, I discovered a feature in Excel that broke my hear a little, so my love for Excel is slightly diminished Check out the post here.ย  It feels a bit weird to write a post about MS Excel, but I feel compelled to and …

Arsonists don’t like early mornings : A brief look at Cape Town Fire Incident reports from 2009-2015

Photo Credit: Warenski The fine folks at Open Up recently published an open data set of recorded fire incidents in the City of Cape Town, South Africa. I found it quite interesting that such a data set was available, so I thought Iโ€™d explore the data a little to see …

Open Data in the Wild: How it helped me to accidentally help 37 000 people

This quote from the Open Data Handbookย is a perfect way to introduce this post: Open data, especially open government data, is a tremendous resource that is as yet largely untapped. Before recently, I had never heard of Mpofana Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It’s a relativity small municipality in South …

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