Civic Hacking Night at Socrata - February 5

Join us for civic hacking night at the Socrata office!

Do your part to increase civic engagement through technology. Help with SeattleWiki.net, work on your own Seattle-oriented project + learn about the state of Seattle's civic technology. Not a coder? Attend to learn programming or get involved other ways. 

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  • Hank Y.

    Meridith and I managed to get something sort of working out the the night. Check it out: http://unemployment-map.herokuapp.com/ and https://github.com/hankyates/unemploymentMap

    4 · February 6, 2014

    • Hank Y.

      I was just cleaning it up and putting it on github and heroku. :)

      February 6, 2014

    • Shaya

      Way to go. Glad you were able to find something more defined to work on!

      February 6, 2014

  • Pat T.

    Here are links for the projects I was nattering on about:
    http://www.webplatform.org/
    http://testthewebforward.org/
    These are the "getting started" pages:
    http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:Community
    http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:Editors_Guide
    http://testthewebforward.org/docs/open-source.html
    Both have IRC chats, both have mailing lists, but they're deep in the details, not announcement lists. It is good to get started at an event where there are people who can show how to do things. (I'll inquire if there's a way to get event notifications.) One option is to sign up on the WebPlatform.org wiki. WebPlatform editing is in flux at the moment, as they try to standardize page formats. And JavaScript testing likewise -- they haven't yet decided on a directory hierarchy for the tests. On the other hand, if you want to help with that sort of early-days IT stuff, hop in now.

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Hank Y.

      I meant to mention that I attended the event TWF had a couple weeks back and it was awesome! We actually uncovered a spec bug through our testing!

      2 · February 6, 2014

    • Hank Y.

      Check out the open PR's to get an idea of how the tests look: https://github.com/tc3...­

      February 6, 2014

  • Al B.

    Great turnout by a wide and diverse range of people, who share enough common passions to make for interesting and engaging conversation. Add in the food and wi-fi, and you get an excellent meetup. You also get a promising premise for a reality TV show, but if you film that I want 25% of the profits for identifying the opportunity.

    February 6, 2014

  • Ann S.

    Fabulous crowd.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Athlan L.

    Great group, some familiar faces, exciting to see new people getting involved.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Al B.

    In case anyone's not been paying attention, there are 700,000 people lining a single street in downtown Seattle right now. Budget extra time for getting to tonight's event. Take public transit if you can, and even then expect delays. It's pretty well explained at http://kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/NewsCenter/NewsReleases/2014/February/nr2014_0204_Parade.aspx

    That does not in any way excuse anyone from attending tonight's event, which will be (1) several hours after the parade ends and (2) fantastic, no doubt. I'm guessing that by the time our civic hacking night ends, things will be returning toward normal outside. People have already been standing outside for six hours now and the parade barely even reached its halfway point. Still, be smart in your planning.

    2 · February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      it ain't so 'normal' yet across the street!

      1 · February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    someone let me in please! I'm outside :/

    February 5, 2014

  • Shaya

    NLP folks: here's the link to the composer/work extraction page. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10SC_di-BHnW2pyJFv0ErReKuG_NM3Ioth_xJz8QpCy8/edit

    February 5, 2014

  • Al B.

    Wow, Socrata hosts a civic hacking night and 700,000 people showed up. Early, even!

    2 · February 5, 2014

  • seth v.

    Don't let the weirdly big swarm of people downtown dissuade you, civic hacking night at Socrata is still on! There will be pizza, and probably fewer people roaming the streets by 6 p.m.

    And look at Al's message below for useful info about transit.

    2 · February 5, 2014

    • Pat T.

      Oh, and, no, traffic is not back to normal. Bus delays may be up to an hour. Driver of the bus I'm on is trying to make up time by omitting fares.

      February 5, 2014

    • Athlan L.

      Please arrive when you can. We always have room and welcome all.

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any parking suggestions?

    February 5, 2014

  • Pat T.

    Just got a post on the OSGeo list with this very apropos info re. DARPA putting source code for lots of interesting projects online.
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/4/5377492/darpa-publishes-all-its-open-source-code-in-one-place-open-catalog
    http://www.darpa.mil/OpenCatalog/index.html

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Pat T.

    Now's a good time to go sign up for alerts at:
    http://www.rpin.org
    It's low-volume -- I've only gotten two alerts in the past year, one of which was re. the parade.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Denise W.

    I'm a newbie looking to contribute to projects so I am going to come Wednesday and see how I can help.

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Al B.

    Famous movie quotes presented as visualizations:

    http://flowingdata.com/famous-movie-quotes-as-charts/

    (What would I do without Twitter?)

    January 27, 2014

  • Meredith S.

    I have PROJECTS to pitch. Who likes chloropleths?!

    2 · January 23, 2014

    • Michael

      Of course, there are some drawbacks to using color in the symbols of choropleth map - especially if you need to make a Color Choropleth map of Chloropleths for the Color Blind. https://drive.google.c...­ More common than one might think: http://en.wikipedia.o...­

      January 24, 2014

    • Pat T.

      Harumph. Choropleths are not the only map-based visualization of data that can mislead: http://xkcd.com/1138/­

      January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pizza? Possible free field notes? Hopefully not too many brogrammers, eh? ;)

    1 · January 13, 2014

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