Tools that I Use

My workflow has been very influenced by Kieran Healy’s The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science.

To this end, I make extensive use of emacs (the spacemacs variant, for which my dotfiles are on github). I will occasionally post explainers or tutorial posts on this (mostly so I can remember how did it six months ago!). There is not perfect why to use these tools or best way to get started and I would suggest just trying them out and customising them to your liking. Most of my workflow has been cribed from typing “thing I want emacs/spacemacs” into google and copying answers from github.

More to follow soon.


SankeyMATIC - is a great way to work with and visualise sankey’s that doesn’t require writing any code! (its a web front-end for the excellent D3.js


Leaflet - A interactive mapping tool which has great libraries in Python and R

Leaflet Tile Gallery - A neat website showing all the tile sets you can easily import into Leaflet.

Open Source Tools

A huge list of self-hosted open source tools