Month: November 2016

Joining and mapping government data sets

A while ago, the principal at the primary school my children attend remarked at how time-consuming it was for her to manually collate two different sources of information on schools, and cross-reference against a map of schools’ locations. Her task, as I understand it, was to find nearby schools who might want to pool their ‘resource hours’ with our school and thereby share a resource teacher. To allow schools to do this, the relevant state bodies publish PDFs listing the resource hours allocated to each school, as well as the number of ‘permanent resource posts’, which is also relevant to the pooling discussions. The department also have on their website a mechanism for finding a school by map. Separately, I’d

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