Press Releases

Announcing the Publication of Practical Data Science Cookbook

Practical Data Science Cookbook is perfect for those who want to learn data science and numerical programming concepts through hands-on, real-world project examples. Whether you are brand new to data science or you are a seasoned expert, you will benefit from learning about the structure of data science projects, the steps in the data science pipeline, and the programming examples presented in this book. 

GovTribe Releases Government Contracting Data API

ARLINGTON, VA – GovTribe Inc, a technology firm specializing in government contracting market data, today announced the beta release of its application programming interface (API).  The GovTribe API provides real-time federal contracting market data through a RESTful web service. Customers can now integrate important government contracting data from 130 federal agencies with their own internal systems. In building the API, GovTribe set out to simplify accessing government contracting market data. By providing structured, machine-readable data customers are able to integrate key market intelligence into their existing platforms. For example, customers can monitor upcoming opportunities or analyze the procurement history of a specific vendor or agency.  The GovTribe API provides the same data used to power its iPhone, iPad, and Custom Reports products.

“The biggest benefit of the GovTribe API is manicured contracting data, obtained from multiple sources, that’s available in real-time, ”said GovTribe CEO Nate Nash.  “We do the hard work of resolving things like vendors and contracting officers so that our customers can get the intel they need, when they need it.”

The new GovTribe API is available as a RESTful web service that outputs JSON documents. It provides entity endpoints with details about U.S government projects, agencies, offices, vendors, people, protests, and categories. For each of those entities, it provides contextual relationships, such as lists of vendors who win small business projects from a specific agency. Additionally, the GovTribe API provides full text search capability across all entity endpoints.

“The possibilities are endless with the new GovTribe API,” said Nash. “Customers now have more flexibility than ever to integrate government contracting data with their own internal systems or processes.  Whether you work for the federal government or a private sector contractor, understanding the market is critical to successful procurements. The GovTribe API gives you that understanding in real-time.“

During the beta release, API keys are free. After the beta release, GovTribe will provide tiered pricing based on request volume. GovTribe encourages developers and data enthusiasts to provide feedback and feature requests through its GitHub repository.

About GovTribe GovTribe Inc. is a government market intelligence firm headquartered in Arlington, VA. Founded by three former government contractors with a penchant for data mining, it has been delighting customers with real-time market intelligence since 2012.  More information available at

OpenGov Voices: PDF Liberation Hackathon - At Sunlight in DC and Around the World - January 17-19, 2014

Joffe_Headshot_1 Marc Joffe is the founder of Public Sector Credit Solutions (PSCS), which applies open data and analytics to rating government bonds. Before starting PSCS, Marc was a Senior Director at Moody’s Analytics. You can contact him at Marc is also one of the winners of Sunlight Foundation’s OpenGov Grants.   Extracting useful information from PDFs is a problem as old as … PDFs. Too often, we focus on extracting information from a specific set of documents instead of looking at the bigger picture. If you’ve ever struggled with this problem, join us for Sunlight’s PDF Liberation Hackathon, dedicated to improving open source tools for PDF extraction.   Instead of focusing on one set of documents, coders will come together to add features, extensions and plugins to existing PDF extraction frameworks, making them more flexible, useful and sustainable. Sunlight’s PDF Liberation Hackathon will tackle real-world PDF data extraction problems. In doing so, we will build upon existing open-source PDF extraction solutions such as Tabula and Ashima’s PDF Table Extractor built on Poppler. In addition, hackers will have the option of using licensed PDF software libraries as long as the implementation cost of these libraries is less than $1,000. If you have an idea for a library you want to use, please mention it in your signup form and we will try to work out the licensing ahead of time so that things run smoothly.

Want to Learn Data Science? Get a Personal Tutor from SageBourse, a Hot New Startup in DC

SageBourseSageBourse is a tutoring marketplace for data science and programming. It's essentially a way for people who want to enhance their data science and programming skills to get personalized instruction from others in the community that are knowledgeable about those subjects. This can be either in person or online. The process is pretty simple. Tutors sign up and choose which subjects they know well enough to teach. When someone requests a lesson in a subject, the tutors that can teach that subject get notified and have the opportunity to bid on the lesson. Once the student chooses which bid they'd like to accept, they are connected with the tutor so they can coordinate a time that works best for both of them. When the lesson is over, SageBourse takes care of collecting payment from the student and paying the tutor.

This provides those that want to learn data science and programming an easy, affordable, and efficient way to do that. It also provides those that can teach these subjects the ability to leverage the knowledge they have to make a some extra money.

According to the Founder, DC2's very own Tony Ojeda:

Tony Ojeda_smallThere's an increasing amount of data being made available every single day.  I strongly believe that the more people we arm with the skills necessary to turn that data into information, and then do something useful with that information, the better off we will be.  Organizations are becoming more data-driven and the jobs of tomorrow are going to reflect that.  Technology is advancing and if your skills aren't advancing with it, you risk getting left behind.  I created SageBourse to help give people the ability to not only catch up with technology, but get ahead of it.

Local Company, Prime Dimensions, Earns Recognition in SAP HANA Business Case Competition

This post is a Press Release for a small, local data-oriented company and  is reblogged with permission.  July 15, 2013 - Fairfax, VA  Prime Dimensions, LLC is pleased to announce that it has been selected to work with SAP to jointly develop and offer a HANA-based application that assists healthcare organizations in improving the value of healthcare delivery by identifying options to simultaneously lower costs and improve quality.

SAP chose Prime Dimensions’ business case from among many included in SAP’s 2013 “ready-to-innovate” program, a competition designed to spark innovation, ingenuity and interest in the HANA environment in the Amazon Cloud program.


SAP HANA is a revolutionary platform that is best suited for performing real-time analytics on large and diverse datasets, and for developing and deploying real-time applications.  It represents the next-generation database platform by combining columnar data storage, massively parallel processing (MPP), and in-memory computing for both on-premise and cloud analytical processing.


With proven leadership, management experience and technical expertise, Prime Dimensions complements SAP’s capabilities by offering a business-focused, user-centric approach to articulate a compelling value proposition, offer exceptional customer experience and deliver measurable, tangible results. Through this alliance, the companies will offer a thorough, effective, and structured approach for bringing best-in-class solutions to healthcare and Public Sector clients. Prime Dimensions is collaborating with SAP to identify and pursue business opportunities related to Big Data and advanced analytics.


According to Prime Dimensions’ Founder and Managing Partner, Michael Joseph, “We are extremely excited about the opportunities presented by this alliance, as we embark on the frontier of a new paradigm in computing. We are very impressed with SAP’s emphasis on fostering innovation though partners for prototyping, developing and selling a new breed of enterprise applications that solve real business problems and provide real business value. With our impressive results in the HANA competition, we are now positioned to accelerate our go-to-market strategy with SAP, including demand generation, pipeline building and sales enablement.”


Richard Rowan, Prime Dimensions’ Managing Director also commented, “Federal agencies and healthcare organizations are drowning in a rising sea of data, and the expectation and pressure to deliver measurable results and meaningful change has never been more pronounced. The digital age and proliferation of new platforms and devices has led to an explosion of Big Data that is becoming more complex and difficult to analyze. Through this alliance, we can deliver rapid prototypes that will enable next-generation Big Data analytical solutions.”


“We congratulate Prime Dimensions for winning recognition in this prestigious competition,” said Patrick Gallagher, vice president of SAP and Business Applications solutions at Carahsoft, the trusted government IT solutions provider.  “We look forward to making this application, as well as the others that are sure to follow through this powerful alliance, available to our government customers and reseller partners.”


About Prime Dimensions, LLC Prime Dimensions, LLC provides professional consulting services in data management, business intelligence and advanced analytics, with focus on operational aspects and emphasis on Big Data strategy and technology. We assist midsize and large organizations in transforming data into actionable insights to improve performance, make informed decisions and achieve measurable results. Our related domain expertise includes performance management, decision optimization, fraud detection and incident management. By utilizing a lean-startup approach and agile delivery model, we create inter-disciplinary, integrated teams of specialists to guide, build and deploy solutions that provide transformational impacts through advanced analytics and data visualizations. We partner closely with agency leaders and managers to ensure cost-effective implementations. Our team of highly skilled professionals assists organizations in establishing a Big Data strategy for extracting, consuming and sharing information from massive amounts of disparate data across multiple internal and external sources. For more information, please contact us at or 703-861-9897, visit us at, and follow us on Twitter at @PrimeDimensions.

About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider. As a top-ranked GSA Schedule Contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, resellers, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

The company’s dedicated Solutions Divisions proactively market, sell and deliver Adobe, VMware, Symantec, EMC, F5 Networks, Open Source, HP, SAP, and Innovative and Intelligence products and services among others. Carahsoft is consistently recognized by its partners as a top revenue producer, and is listed annually among the industry's fastest growing firms by CRN, Inc., Washington Technology, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and SmartCEO. Visit us at