As a Code for America Brigade, we're part of a national network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service.
The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency has taken the forward-thinking step of releasing a number of datasets on its Open Data Portal. As of this writing, the portal contains 73 datasets, along with 43 associated charts and 14 maps, for over 100 pieces of interesting health care information available to Californians. The data released so far includes information on population health indicators, health care facility performance, the availability of healthcare in communities, environmental chemicals, social indicators, and societal behaviors. And much more is coming, with encouragement from the California HealthCare Foundation’s Free the Data Initiative.
Code for Sacramento is a couple weeks into using our new Jekyll based website and we figured it’d be an awesome way to introduce members to contributing to open source projects and working with code! Here are a few reasons you should contribute or learn to contribute to the Code For Sacramento website:
At the last meetup, Adam Kalsey gave a great presentation on scraping data from the web, illustrating the ideas with his beer-loving Twitterbot @sactaps. In this tutorial, I will show you how to scrape data from the web in R using the
rvest package Github link.
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