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Civic Hack Night

Following up on the CT Civic Hackathon we hosted back on June 1st, let's have a more casual civic hack night.

DETAILS:

* The first 30 minutes will feature a brief presentation (speaker TBD) on a civic dataset and data visualization, followed by a Q&A.

* The remainder of the meetup will be an open format. This is not a hackathon: no demos, presentations or judging.

* This is a technology/language/platform/tool-agnostic meetup. Develop in/on anything.

* Designers are welcome, encouraged and needed! Think infographics, DataViz, etc.

* Theme: we encourage any type of civic-related hacking, such as projects that utilize the read/write #Open311 standard, #OpenData sources, or #OpenGov initiatives.

* There will be pizza & beer. NB: gluten-free and vegan folks, please let me know ahead of time.

-Zack

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for coming out. We are looking to do another at the end of Sept. If you think you have a tool, dataset or project you could share hit up me ([masked]) or zack ([masked]).

    Thanks!

    August 29, 2013

  • Matt Z.

    This was a good event. I enjoyed meeting everyone and learning some new tricks with Google Refine.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet everyone.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Kyle J.

    Blah - rough family night & not going to make it. Hope you guys have a blast.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Damn. I'm stuck in traffic at least an hour away. Looks like tonight isn't happening for me. Will have to see you all at the next one. Enjoy!

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Zack B.

    See you at 6pm! Kam Lasater will be give a brief presentation on OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine, formerly Freebase Gridworks):
    http://openrefine.org
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenRefine

    August 28, 2013

    • Matt Z.

      Awesome. What's the best place to park? Street parking?

      August 28, 2013

  • Krishna S.

    I'm in Barcelona this week, but wish everyone well. Please let me know what projects you talk about.

    August 28, 2013

  • Brad A

    I'm interested in visually representing data...but not exactly infographics (#notaphan)

    August 26, 2013

  • Matt Z.

    I have not been to one of these events before but my friend Jim attended the Civic hackathon back in June and enjoyed it. Should I work to prepare things to a certain point if I'm able to go?

    My current interest and project has been working with CT election data and the donation data dumps. SEEC has some big campaign finance data dumps available at http://seec.ct.gov/eCris/DocumentSearch/DataDwndsPrYears.aspx that I've been playing with for my current project. I have been wrangling the data with R and Google Refine but the dataset is huge and I'd appreciate input and tips on normalizing things like the employers. My hope is then to try and make some interesting visualizations with D3JS. I already learned a lot using election data from 2008 provided by Google and following a map tutorial: https://github.com/mzagaja/election_maps.

    I'm only a beginner but I enjoy it and if it'd be appropriate for someone that's only starting out to attend it might be fun to meet people and get ideas.

    August 26, 2013

    • Sukima

      This is a limited time frame so in the case of Wednesday things will be more of a meet and greet. If you have some headway on a project it maybe easier for others to jump in and contribute. However, this is not necessary. I see you already have a github account as this is most helpful and a good first step. I think for this wednesday ideas are the focus and if there is time to do some coding great. See you then.

      August 26, 2013

  • Zack B.

    To help get people get started/thinking, here are some datasets that you might find interesting:

    * U.S. Open Data portal
    http://www.data.gov

    * CT Open Data portal
    http://transparency.ct.gov
    (federally mandated open Fiscal data)

    * CT State Data Center
    http://ctsdc.uconn.edu

    * CT Crash Data Repository
    http://ctcrash.uconn.edu

    Please feel free to share other datasets (or any ideas/plans) here!

    -Zack

    August 22, 2013

  • Zack B.

    Feedback wanted!

    July 23, 2013

  • Zack Beatty changed the date and time from Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM to Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    July 23, 2013

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