Interactive map: 2022 New Jersey congressional redistricting
The New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission recently wrapped up the process of redrawing the state’s congressional districts based on new Census data. These new districts will take effect beginning this year and shape congressional elections for the next decade.
Jan 2, 2022
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It's time for New Jersey to adopt a state open data law
In speaking with people about open government and open data issues around New Jersey, I am often asked for my views on the state of access to information. In this post, I propose a new vision: It’s time for New Jersey to adopt a state open data law and require state & local government to proactively publish certain types of records online.
Nov 13, 2021
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What social media data tells us about the New Jersey governor's race
Many people are talking about the 2021 governor’s race in New Jersey online, especially after the first official debate this past week. In this post, I present an analysis of online chatter about the campaign created using the content of tweets posted by Governor Phil Murphy and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and tweets posted about both of them in the last 30 days by Twitter users.
Oct 3, 2021
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Automating web scraping with GitHub Actions and R: an example from New Jersey
GitHub Actions is a powerful tool for building code, running tests & other repetitive tasks related to software development. It’s also a powerful, if somewhat underutilized tool for deploying web scrapers written in R to the internet and automatically publishing a version-controlled copy of the scraped data using GitHub.
Mar 31, 2021
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njtr1: An R package to download & analyze New Jersey car crash data
In this post I will introduce njtr1, my new R package that makes it easier to research road safety in New Jersey using open data released by the New Jersey Department of Transportation with a consistent and simple API, eliminating the manual drudgery currently inherent in working with these data.
Jan 20, 2021
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A critique of New Jersey's COVID-19 data
In this post I will explore how New Jersey compares to neighboring states in terms of the granularity, format and accessibility of raw data about COVID-19 cases and deaths made available to the public during the pandemic’s outbreak in 2020.
Dec 29, 2020
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What's new in zipcodeR v0.2?
I first released my open-source R package for processing U.S. ZIP codes, zipcodeR, in September. From then until December, when I am writing this, the package has received more than 3000 downloads and a lot of interest from the community.
Dec 13, 2020
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Sentiment analysis of Governor Murphy's executive orders
There has been a lot of interest in Governor Murphy’s executive orders and the various public health restrictions they’ve codified during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this post I will show how sentiment analysis can be applied to the governor’s executive orders in New Jersey to analyze the content of them.
Dec 8, 2020
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Applications now being accepted for OPRAmachine Pro access for public-interest & scholarly research
Back in February, we announced plans to accept applications from the community for a new public-interest initiative, the OPRAmachine Research Fellowship. We planned to start moving forward with this in March, but the world rapidly changed when COVID-19 struck.
Sep 13, 2020
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An R package that makes working with US ZIP codes painless
Using zipcodeR in academic work? Check out the journal article! In this post I will introduce zipcodeR, my new open-source R package that provides a set of integrated functions and data that make working with ZIP code-level data easier in R.
Sep 8, 2020
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