On Thursday we had a DataMeet up! We would like to thank the Ashoka India offices in Bangalore for hosting us and providing chai and snacks!
You can see the notes on the DataMeet HackPad and Thej’s presentation here. The topic was getting data from large scale telephone data collection methods. Thej shared his experience using these techniques on a political campaign and at NextDrop.
It was a really great meeting and we had an interesting conversation on what tools to use to for what, what was effective and also methodology strategies.
Looking at telephone related data collection some of the interesting findings regarding the response rates to different outreach techniques.
This is a little late but Suren Makkar made this cool visualization on how much people are worth. You can check out his other data visualizations also on visual.ly.
There are a lot of great resources for working with data we are trying to put them in one place so people can find them easily.
Feel free to take a look at the list here.
DataMeet Wiki: Tools
Also if you have used some of these tools or read a book and want to write a review or share a project please let us know!
A nice thread started by Thej about sharing resources to find old map. Since it was GeoBlr week it would be nice to share some older maps!
Projects for Old Maps-
Old Maps Online
Open Historical Maps
Columbia Maps Archive
Add your finds to the thread or to the comments section.
A conversation on the group that we need some lawyer input.
“Is news in the Public Domain? Does it apply to data published as news.”
Join the conversation and give your input or add a comment to this post.
Open Football data available in time for the World Cup. Get your fantasy teams up to date.
See the repo here.
So it is done, done and dusted. It has been more than 2 week since the results came in, and quite a couple of weeks it has been, a time of celebration for some and introspection for others. The BJP capped its phenomenal campaign with a final tally of 282 seats, in the process making this the first election in 30 years where one party has been able to win a simple majority on its own. In the last post, I rambled on wondering what kind of ‘wave’ would be needed to drive the BJP to the kind of victory the opinion polls predicted for the BJP. The semantic debate seems settled now, nothing less than ‘tsunami’ would do to explain the upsurge of support that the BJP was able to muster especially in the keys states of UP and Bihar, a tsunami that has shattered many tenets of Indian politics and left several questions in its wake.
READ THE REST OVER AT DEMOCRACY DATABLOG
In preparation for the Fifth Elephant, HasGeek hosted a panel on how the 2014 elections used technology and data. You can watch the discussion below.
From Vaibhav P
NPR has a new tool that generates a story from your spreadsheets called CopyText.py. See the NPR post and video here.
Take it for a spin and let us know what you think of it.
With the upcoming GeoBlr next week I thought it was a good moment for you all to take a look and help us build up our GIS data directory.
The most common question on the list is how to get access to geo spatial data. So we decided to start putting up some resources online. Which, will also include background, policy information, and other resources for people interested in learning more or using geo spatial data.
Please contribute sources you like to use. Or feel free to ask questions about geo spatial data on the list or request a session to learn some hands on skills.
Also if you are in Bangalore please sign up to attend GeoBlr at CIS on June 5th.