There were 986 roadway fatalities in Illinois in 2013. Where's the data?
Seen on garish LED roadway signs all around Chicago on New Year's Eve, 2013: 986 TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2013. It leads to many questions: On what roads? When did the accidents happen? What do we do now? I'm scared to drive. I will talk about purging my fears by finding the data to answer some of those questions. http://tothebeat.github.io/fatal-car-crashes/ This talk will involve PythonAnywhere, IPython, a module that's not even on PyPi (dbfpy), searching for and finding open government data, CartoDB, Google Fusion Tables, csv, and maybe Pandas. Rest assured, there will be no graphic photos.
- project repository (https://github.com/tothebeat/fatal-car-crashes)
- If you'd like to try working with these scripts, if you're just starting out with Python or still getting your sea legs, I made sure that the repository is small enough that you can download it with a free PythonAnywhere account. I could use your feedback (https://github.com/tothebeat/fatal-car-crashes#set)
- If you are interested in working on this data or other kinds of open-ish data, I would highly recommend going to the Open Gov Hack Night held every Tuesday at 6pm held at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart. (http://opengovhacknight.org/)
- Last but not least, remember the people behind the numbers. (https://medium.com/p/47434acb50a8)