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.  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 I’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 Handbook 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 …

WasteTech: Mapping Waste Picker routes for effective integration

Why gather Informal Sector data? The informal sector provides a valuable service to the South African recycling economy, saving municipalities up to R750m per year. Integrating them into the formal economy is an imperative in the upcoming Industry Waste Management Plans that the Paper & Packaging, Lighting and e-Waste sectors will be …

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