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Menlo Park, CA
Sadly, I will not be able to make this first meetup because of a conflict with the Geo meetup.
The question my current project is investigating is: how advances in educational software may impact post secondary educational institutions? [Caveat emptor: It is very much a work in progress at this time. ]
Students are learning via videos (e.g., coursera, edX, Khan Academy, Youtube). There are a bevy of tools to support the learning process (ie, forums, VoIP). As technology automates aspects of education, more students will have the opportuntity to learn and teachers can focus on students and the learning process. Historically, relationships are critical: student/teacher, peer-to-peer or student/mentor. These relationships are still the bedrock of education. This challenges the current educational institutions. Will it prove fertile ground for places where people come together to learn? Can the ideas behind local hacker spaces (ie, hacker dojo, biocurious, the tech shop, etc) provide more general guidance here?
My language of choice these days is Java with the Spring Framework. What may be interesting to others is the geospatial nature of this study. The initial dataset is from the US Department of Education. I am using MongoDB. It is good for nearest neighbor type queries (think: location-based services). Also, mongo doesn't require a fix scheme. This may provde handy as I integrate datasets from various places. [aside: if you are planning a geospatial product, compare Postgres which is the defacto standard and has a lot of powerful, geospatial extensions. ]
I am curious about data visualization and data mining techniques.