There are some exciting events coming up. If you like sharing, working together, and/or doing awesome stuff keep reading!
Feb 9-10 - Science and the City - People who want to build a better city with technology will be meeting at NYU’s ITP Center (721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003) all weekend to work on projects (Registration is free). The Network Mapping team will be hosting a project and we need your (non-tech) support! (more info below)
Feb 23 – Celebrate International Open Data Day - by joining our friends from #OccupyData to digitize and pre-process any and all #OccupySandy data. Canvasing forms, Amazon Registry records, anything at all. Why not take a nice relaxing day off and do some data entry! Group will be meeting at the CUNY Graduate Center on 365 Fifth Ave room 5409 from 12-6PM. More info here.
March 1-2 - #OccupyData Hackathon - The Feb 23th data cleanse is just a warm up to the main event. Data heads from #OccupyData will be parsing and sifting through #OccupySandy data to find out just what happened in the weeks and months after the storm.
If you have, or know of any “data” (canvasing forms, spread sheets, etc.) that relates to Sandy, please let me know: Drew@nycga.net
Why is this crap important?
I’ve been developing tech solutions for Occupy for over a year now. It’s easy to build tools, it’s hard to build tools people will use. We need non-technical people to help us. We the keen insight of people on the ground doing the work, using the systems. At Science and the City we will be brain storming how to improve occupysandy.org on Day 1 (Feb 9). More information about this will be forthcoming.
The #OccupyData events are also very important. Many of us were out in the streets going door to door asking people what they needed. The data that was collected (and is mostly sitting unused) paints a dramatic picture. Those who were living it and those out on the front lines know how unjust the city’s response was. They know how long the power was out and basic needs were unmet, but the public at large doesn’t.
Data projects like these illuminate in ways that statistics can’t. We need to open up our data to shine a light on injustice. We need the data to tell a story that can’t be refuted, dodged, or denied.
If you are interested in participating or have a project that relates to either of these events please contact me or visit the links above and contact the event organizers.