Ben Welsh

    Ben Welsh

    Ben Welsh has been a data­base pro­du­cer at The Times since 2007. He de­vel­ops news ap­plic­a­tions for and con­ducts ana­lys­is for re­port­ing pro­jects. He lives in Down­town Los Angeles, but grew up in Swish­er, Iowa.

    Blog posts

    Meet the Map­ping L.A. Bound­ar­ies API

    Browse, down­load and re­use pub­lic maps of South­ern Cali­for­nia

    Down­load L.A. may­or­al elec­tion data

    The Times re­leases ma­chine-read­able res­ults and maps for all may­or­al elec­tions since 2001

    In­tro­du­cing Si­lent L.A.

    A new open-source tem­plate for a black base map about South­ern Cali­for­nia

    Open-source maps of Cali­for­nia’s emer­gency med­ic­al agen­cies

    The Times re­leases map files in SHP, JSON, KML formats.

    The Times con­trib­utes LAFD fire sta­tions to Open­Street­Map

    All 106 L.A. city fa­cil­it­ies ad­ded to open-source data­base

    In­tro­du­cing Quiet L.A.

    A new open-source tem­plate for a muted base map about South­ern Cali­for­nia, and the les­sons we learned mak­ing it

    In­side our 911 re­sponse time ana­lys­is

    How the Data Desk ana­lyzed pub­lic re­cords to identi­fy a sys­tem­at­ic weak­ness in LAFD ser­vice at the LA city bor­der.

    Test your Django app with Trav­is CI

    Make sure your code works with dif­fer­ent ver­sions of Py­thon, Django and whatever else

     In­tro­du­cing django-bakery

    A set of help­ers for bak­ing out your Django site as flat files

    Sphinx doc­u­ment­a­tion on Git­Hub

    Quickly pub­lish doc­u­ment­a­tion along­side your code by fol­low­ing this easy re­cipe.

     In­tro­du­cing django-softhy­phen

    Us­ing this new open-source Py­thon lib­rary from The Data Desk, on­line pub­lish­ers can more eas­ily format text in­to columns that align to both the left and right mar­gins.


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