#HHROC - Reminder & Helpful Links for Tomorrow's Meeting

From: Matt B.
Sent on: Monday, March 25, 2013 8:00 PM

Hi all,

Tomorrow night, Hacks/Hackers Rochester is meeting to fish for stories in Educational Data with D&C Education reporters Tiffany Lakes and Meaghan McDermott and D&C Data Guru Sean Lahman. The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held in the "Fishbowl" at RIT's Innovation Center: http://www.meetup.com/HackshackersROC/events/108270662/

For those interested in looking into some of the data sources ahead of time, here are two being suggested by our reporters:

  1. Instances of violence in schools http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/va....
  2. Data on everything from athletics participation to AP courses to the number of times students are restrained or put in seclusion rooms http://ocrdata.ed.gov/

What data might mash well with that? Economic statistics? Incidences of lead poisoning? School District Budgets? District Boundary Lines? We're looking to everyone for suggestions...

If you have time, also take a look at "You Can't Just Hack Your Way to Social Change" from the Harvard Business Review. The article tackles some of the challenges to thinking about how to address these large data sets: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/03/you_cant_just_hack_your_way_to.html

If you can, please bring a laptop so you can get hands-on experience. You don't need to be a data expert to participate. It's a great opportunity for Hack's to learn more about looking for stories in big data.

Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it!

- Matt Bernius

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