Circulation Modeling

Partly inspired by the reception of our work at the LITA Forum (see previous post) and partly by a desire to clean up a bunch of ugly code left-over from a year of hacking by 4 different programmers, I started over with the entire RCR  data pipeline.

The results are a set of R notebooks with HTML output that you can see on the Circulation Modeling page.

Lessons learned:

  • Our previous model of how books were announced and promoted was incorrect. Two of the books, The Warmth of Other Suns and The Book Thief, were announced in the Spring, even though the events were scheduled in the fall. This explains some
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Azure for Research Award

Today we got word that Microsoft will be supporting Reading Chicago Reading for another year with their Azure for Research program. The program supports research projects by providing free access to Azure cloud computing services. Read more about the program here.

The award will ensure continuity for our data storage, analysis and social media extraction efforts for the next year.

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