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Occupy Data Hackathon

I briefly went to a hackathon (statisticians and various programmers attended). The event was hosted by The Graduate Center at City University of New York.

hackathon.jpg

Amazing ideas about gathering data and visualizing the sets. A lot of the programming was way over my head because there were permissions, firewall, and various privacy rules to using Twitter APIs. I did take notes. Nevertheless, these people were hardcore about the data that they were collecting, and were aggregating tweets and filtering through mongo to create some visualizations displayed in the urls below:


http://occupydatanyc.org/


Kind of thought this timeline was interesting:
http://occupydatanyc.org/2012/09/29/officer-intimidation-misconduct-and-journalist-arrests-at-s17/

Networked map using Gephi [http://gephi.org/]:
http://occupydatanyc.org/2012/05/19/connecting-occupy/


This site aggregates tweets to pull in photos or display activity in maps with timeline:
http://mosaic.occupy.net/
http://map.occupy.net/


Github url to mosaicOccupy: https://github.com/erstwhile

A mosaic of aggregated images found in tweets (~10k). The size of the image denotes the frequency of how many times the image was retweeted:
http://mosaic.occupy.net/spain-s25


Some tools mentioned (open source) map:
Qgis - http://www.qgis.org/


If you want to play with qgis, you get use some of these shape files for mapping (free of NYC):
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bytes/dwndistricts.shtml

occupyHack.jpg

There was some mention of using R, but I didn't see any examples.
http://www.r-project.org/

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