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At the Q3 meeting networking session, we different projects that use Alteryx Designer to do spatial, GIS, and predictive analytics. A side project that I have been working on in collaboration with Chris Williams, Portland Alteryx User Group (Oregon) is to address processes around Food Banks to address the food insecurity problem. Associated with those studies is disaster relief and evacuation routes around major cities.
Background: I attended a couple meetings in the Project Managers group where volunteers presented on the global Food Loss and Waste Protocol. This is a higher level effort at a policy level. https://flwprotocol.org/.
A short while later I met Chris Williams online at an Alteryx webinar and learned that he works on the implementation of workflows for food banks which are local efforts.
I started expanding a previous project done as a local hackathon by Dr. Zeydy Ortiz and NCData4Good but ran into a time crunch.
I am proposing our group use Alteryx Designer to build on that effort and create a member project. The project will define the business problem, explore and gather data sets, spatial and GIS to define areas of operations, then get into predictive analytics.
So if this is something that the membership will be interested in doing we can make that a long running flagship project (i.e. no pressure and no deadlines). It can be done 100% virtual and asynchronously. Code sharing using github. Communications using the community forum or slack (if available). This can be done using Agile/Scrum and no need for a formal project management process (perhaps just a light weight project coordination role). Business Analysis process, Data Sciences processes will evolve to meet the needs.
The goals: Work on a group project using Alteryx Designer.
Benefits: Learning and maybe some working workflows that can help the NC community at large to address disaster and food insecurity efforts when needed.
Please provide feedback and suggestions. Is this a good idea? Will you participate? If so, what would you like to get out of it?
Here is what I am looking to get out of it. Get more experience with using Alteryx Designer to develop workflows that I have done using other tools/languages. Continue working on the Food Bank/ Food insecurity processes that I started over a year back.
Also to reiterate ... no rush to the finish line (actually there is no finish line). Just the journey and the steps we take as a group to learn and experience as we go. Maybe other User Groups in the vicinity will be interested in doing the same thing in their local areas and we can collaborate.
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I wanted to post a quick message to let you know that in early September, the Alteryx SparkED program will launch a new Job Board - where our users can post open data-related jobs from their organizations, and learners can post their resumes. The goal is to match various data-related skill sets (from entry level to advanced) with open postings so that we can create a network of Alteryx users ready to take on the challenges businesses face when it comes to data.
We are looking to have several jobs and resumes posted when the Board launches in a few weeks.
If you would like to post a job or your resume prior to our launch - please send me a message either in Community or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you set up ASAP. After our launch, anyone can post jobs or resumes by visiting the SparkED group hub.
We're so excited to launch this feature and thank you in advance for your support!
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Thank you for attending Q3 meeting.
Thank you to Rick Pack and Sarah Roberts for two great presentations.
Rick Pack enthralled us with Zip Codes vs. ZCTAs: Predicting Population with Random Forests and Sarah Roberts presented a comprehensive workflow that delved into Dynamic Tools.
This post will be updated to include the presentation slides and here is the recording:
In the (virtual) after-party we discussed a group project that the membership could participate in and apply our knowledge and expertise using Alteryx Designer and data science skills creating a framework that addresses food insecurity in general and a special case for disaster relief. More details to follow in a separate thread, so stay tuned.
Research Triangle, NC Leadership team
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We have a great Q3 meeting planned with two member presentations. We look forward to seeing you all there. Please spread the word and invite your colleagues who work in the Data Sciences space.
This post will be updated with the registration link shortly.
RTP Alteryx User Group Leadership
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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
WebEx (Details will be emailed to you)
4:00 – 4:05 Welcome
4:05 – 4:35 Zip Codes vs. ZCTAs: Predicting Population with Random Forest by Rick Pack (Data Scientist: Labcorp)
4:35 – 5:00 Delving into Dynamic Tools by Sarah Roberts (Sr. BI Developer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC)
5:00 – 5:30 Networking/social time online.
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Greetings Research Triangle members,
It is hard to believe that half the year is over. We are planning the 3Q 2021 user group meeting. This one will also be online.
If you would like to present on any Alteryx topic, feature or project that you have done, please send us a message.
Mark your calendars:
Wednesday August 18, 2021.
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (details will be provided very soon).
Research Triangle User Group Leadership
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