Latest blog posts - The Data Desk http://datadesk.latimes.com/feeds/posts Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:16:45 -0800 Natural Language Processing in the kitchen Anthony Pesce http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/12/natural-language-processing-in-the-kitchen/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/12/natural-language-processing-in-the-kitchen/ Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:45:10 -0800 Meet the Mapping L.A. Boundaries API Ben Welsh Browse, download and reuse public maps of Southern California http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/07/introducing-boundaries-api/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/07/introducing-boundaries-api/ Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:15:00 -0800 Download L.A. mayoral election data Ben Welsh The Times releases machine-readable results and maps for all mayoral elections since 2001 http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/05/la-mayoral-data/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/05/la-mayoral-data/ Tue, 28 May 2013 09:30:00 -0800 Introducing Silent L.A. Ben Welsh A new open-source template for a black base map about Southern California http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/02/introducing-silent-la/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2013/02/introducing-silent-la/ Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:30:00 -0800 Open-source maps of California's emergency medical agencies Ben Welsh The Times releases map files in SHP, JSON, KML formats. http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/12/map-of-california-ems-agencies/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/12/map-of-california-ems-agencies/ Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:50:00 -0800 Introducing shp2svg Anthony Pesce Today we’re an­noun­cing the re­lease of shp2s­vg, an open-source Django powered web­site that stream­lines and sim­pli­fies the con­ver­sion from GIS shapefiles to SVG paths. http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/12/introducing-shp2svg/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/12/introducing-shp2svg/ Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:20:00 -0800 The Times contributes LAFD fire stations to OpenStreetMap Ben Welsh All 106 L.A. city facilities added to open-source database http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/12/lafd-stations-in-osm/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/12/lafd-stations-in-osm/ Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:00:00 -0800 Introducing Quiet L.A. Ben Welsh A new open-source template for a muted base map about Southern California, and the lessons we learned making it http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/11/introducing-quiet-la/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/11/introducing-quiet-la/ Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:00:00 -0800 Inside our 911 response time analysis Ben Welsh How the Data Desk analyzed public records to identify a systematic weakness in LAFD service at the LA city border. http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/10/lafd-border-analysis/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/10/lafd-border-analysis/ Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:22:00 -0800 Test your Django app with Travis CI Ben Welsh Make sure your code works with different versions of Python, Django and whatever else http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/06/test-your-django-app-with-travisci/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/06/test-your-django-app-with-travisci/ Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:15:00 -0800 Introducing django-bakery Ben Welsh A set of helpers for baking out your Django site as flat files http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/03/introducing-django-bakery/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/03/introducing-django-bakery/ Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:20:00 -0800 Introducing python-elections Ken Schwencke Process AP elections data more easily with this new open-source library. http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/01/introducing-python-elections/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/01/introducing-python-elections/ Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:03:26 -0800 Sphinx documentation on GitHub Ben Welsh Quickly publish documentation alongside your code by following this easy recipe. http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/01/sphinx-on-github/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/01/sphinx-on-github/ Tue, 03 Jan 2012 07:17:00 -0800 Introducing django-softhyphen Ben Welsh 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. http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2011/12/django-softhyphen/ http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2011/12/django-softhyphen/ Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:22:00 -0800