Training

Often, it’s not enough just to know. I’ve learned to effectively share knowledge in a variety of formats to expand my impact.

Data Architecture

Good data input architecture is often not designed for easy analysis. I leverage my experience with a variety of databases to quickly identify necessary information.

Insight

It’s one thing to understand data. My experience in social services allows me to get real insight into the what the data really means without jumping to conclusions.

Deployment

In our high-tech, mobile world, it’s important to meet people where they are. I’ve worked with a number of web/mobile frameworks to collect and disseminate information.

Staying Social

I started out by providing direct services to people, and my focus remains on ensuring everything I do benefits those in society who need it most.

Innovation

I leave organizations better than I found them by driving adoption of innovative tools and approaches.

From record-keeping systems to data dashboards, the variety of both web-based and on-site solutions available is enormous. Unfortunately, this abundance can be overwhelming, and the learning curve for leveraging technology can be steep. This is especially true for non-profits and social service agencies, who often run on tight budgets and short deadlines.

Projects

Explore previous projects here.

KeepCount

By Eric Burden on May 3, 2020

KeepCount is the result of a side project that ended up being used as a work project whose lessons-learned got applied to another side project. Relatively short, strange, trip. The real beginning was my desire to pick up Django, a Python web framework that I would strongly recommend, as a new skill. In doing so, I wanted a project setup that I could easily test, replicate, and deploy into a production environment at need.

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Introduction to SQLite

By Eric Burden on June 5, 2019

Presented May 31st, 2019 @ Memphis NonProfit Data Professionals Meetup The git repository for this talk can be found HERE. The presentation can be viewed HERE. Resources cited in this talk include: SQLCourse: An interactive online training course for SQL, includes good background information about SQL in general. SQLite.org: Website for the SQLite project, houses downloads, documentation, and just about anything else you’d need regarding SQLite.

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Web Scraping in R, Python, and WebScraper.io

By Eric Burden on March 19, 2019

Presented February 28th, 2019 @ Memphis NonProfit Data Professionals Meetup The git repository for this talk can be found HERE. The presentation can be viewed HERE. Resources cited in this talk include: rvest GitHub Page: GitHub page for the rvest R package for web scraping DataCamp Tutorial: A pretty good tutorial from DataCamp on web scraping with R Analytics Vidhya Tutorial: Another pretty good tutorial from DataCamp on web scraping with R BeautifulSoup Documentation: Official documentation for the BeautifulSoup Python library for web scraping Towards Data Science Tutorial: A pretty good tutorial from Towards Data Science on web scraping with Python Traversy Media Tutorial (YouTube): A video tutorial, for those who learn better by watching that reading Webscraper.

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CWI Conference Presentation

By Eric Burden on February 8, 2019

Culture change is difficult; this is especially true when the change is being driven by technology and techniques that are not well understood or clearly communicated. In addition to the normal sources of resistance seen in any organizational change effort, data advocates are faced with fear of transparency, lack of organizational trust, and delayed payoff of data collection. This presentation will highlight the common signs and causes of resistance to adopting a data-driven approach to casework in a social service organization.

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