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Personal Archiving - Get your shit together

Image found on the web... I'm not sure who to thank Obviously, many of you do not know about it, but just as in football, two minutes before you die, there is an audible warning:  "Two minutes, get your shit together" and the only reason we don't know about it is 'cause the only people who hear it...die! -  George Carlin *********************************************************************************************** Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. *********************************************************************************************** A college history class on Tudor England had us read the diary of a 16th century village priest. The priest wasn’t historically significant but he was literate, an anal-retentive diarist, and (this is the important part) his writings survived intact over 400 years. So, while it was in

You never give me your answers... You only give me your funny data

Photo – Iain Macmillan.  http://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2015/04/16/the-beatles-abbey-road-unused-alternate-cover-photos/ Warnings about data analysis using examples from my experiences with police data - and the three things you need for data analysis.  Plus lots of Abbey Road references.    ********************************************************************************************* Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. ********************************************************************************************* Getting injected into the Police data discussion has been fascinating.  I started as a City IT Director 7 months before the summer of 2014 exploded, with the deaths of Eric Garner (New York) and Michael Brown (Ferguson). As fits a progressive City, Urbana’s Traffic Stop Data Task Force was slightly ahead of the curve, convening for the