Alan Palazzolo

WNYC Data News

Alan Palazzolo is an open-source engineer focused on making journalism more visual, interactive, and data-driven through technology.  He has spent the last few years working on the data team at MinnPost creating interactive pieces and building reusable, open-source tools and projects. Prior to MinnPost, Alan was an inaugural Code for America fellow and an early participant in the growing field of civic technology.

Before journalism and civic technology, Alan focused on non-profit work with the open-source content platform, Drupal. He is a leader in his fields and has given presentations around the world on subjects from visualization to coding standards to hardware. He believes that community is a major factor in creating successful technology. To that end, Alan has founded and supported a number of online and local, in-person communities on civic tech, open source, hardware recycling, and data visualization.

Alan Palazzolo appears in the following:

Hear the Heat: Our Song Demonstrates What it Felt Like Inside Harlem Homes This Summer

Thursday, September 29, 2016

WNYC
Every 15 minutes, WNYC's recorded the heat index inside about 30 homes in Harlem. And we turned each temperature into a musical note to play what the heat in Harlem sounds like. 

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Without AC, Public Housing Residents Swelter Through the Summer

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Almost 90 percent of New Yorkers have air conditioning in their homes, but less than half of public housing apartments do. And those units don't cool down, even overnight.

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What We Learned When 25,000 People Tried to Fight Information Overload

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What we learned through a week of experimenting with information overload interventions.

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An Uneven Recovery from Sandy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In some New York City neighborhoods, more than half of eligible home construction projects are underway. In others, it's as few as 10 percent.  

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No Exit: What Closed Subway Entrances Have to Do with Delays and Crowding

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Low ridership and high crime led the city's transit system to close dozens of subway entrances decades ago. But those decisions are causing problems now. 
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No Place to Park: Citi Bike 'Deserts' and the Race for the Last Dock

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Finding a Citi Bike dock in the morning, or finding a free bike in the evening, is proving increasingly difficult in several Manhattan neighborhoods.

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Map: Streets Close Where the Popemobile Goes

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Pope Francis comes to town this week, getting around above ground will be tricky. Here's a map of the street closures scheduled for the papal visit and the U.N. General Assembly.

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When Inspectors Look for Illegal Hotels

Monday, September 14, 2015

A freedom of information request resulted in 2,684 records for illegal hotel inspections in New York City, and some of what turned up is pretty weird. Here's what we've learned.

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How Big Is Your Piece of the Park?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

WNYC's Data News Team looked at how much park space New Yorkers are sharing, and found that it varies quite a bit depending on where you live.

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Our Digital Maps Aren't as Advanced as We Think

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

One day our maps will change and update in real time thanks to an open-source mapping tool. 

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