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Making Maps Without GIS Software - Max Shron

After a long hiatus we are back with a vengeance! I am beyond delighted to have a speaker and talk that are sure to knock a few socks off:


Off-the-shelf map software is brittle, hard to scale, and has a steep learning curve. Most of the time a few simple ingredients can do the majority of what a GIS system can do, and then some. Learn how to use a little math and code to turn any plotting library in to a mapping library. Examples will be pulled from online dating, epidemiology and journalism. Instruction will be done in Python with matplotlib and numpy, but should be applicable to many languages and plotting frameworks.

About Max:

Max Shron is a data scientist and consultant based in New York. Prior to striking out on his own, he did data science for OkCupid, including collaborating as the big-data side of the OkTrends team. His work (including maps!) have appeared in the New York TImes, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, WNYC and more.

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  • Gary L.

    Informative and very well presented. Thanks Max, Irene, and Bocoup too.

    March 3, 2012

  • Junjay T.

    Informative high level presentation, quiet presentation space

    March 2, 2012

  • Kate T.

    Max was a great speaker, he was personable and I immediately liked him. He knew his stuff, was able to answer every question with a solid response and even provide the person with more than they had asked about. The topic was interesting and basic enough for a layman like me.Would love to hear him again.

    March 2, 2012

  • Andrew G.

    Great job- good overview of making maps. Just enough references and code to point you in the right direction.

    March 2, 2012

  • John V.

    overall learned a lot - thanks very much!

    March 2, 2012

  • Irene

    I am pretty sure you'll have no problem following. The talk will certainly be about map making, but by the sound of it, Max will be building up towards generating your own, but not starting from it. I do think some familiarity with programming in general will be useful.

    February 29, 2012

  • C

    I know basic html and am a journalist/educator... sorry to pose the same question... but the only "languages" I'm fluent in aren't code. Will I be able to follow or will it sound like hieroglyphics?

    February 29, 2012

  • Irene

    I think it absolutely is. Max will go over some very core concepts that could be implemented in any language and the code will be to illustrate those alone.

    February 29, 2012

  • C

    I don't know Python. Is it worth my while to attend?

    February 29, 2012

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