Past Meetup

I’m Feeling Curious: Probing the Peculiarities of Public Data

This Meetup is past

52 people went

Price: $10.00 /per person

TCG (The Creative Group)

125 Park Ave, 4th floor · New York, ny

How to find us

Entrance is on 42nd St. and event is on the ***THIRD*** floor

Location image of event venue

Details

*****Please note that this event will be held at TCG, 125 Park Ave THIRD Floor (NOT 4th floor). RSVPs will close at 11 a.m. on the day of the event so that names can be sent to building security. Building entrance is on 42nd St. *****

Beyond the banal corporate registrations and financial statements, there are many bizarre insights to be gleaned from public data. From an inventory of dead animals found in NYC parks, to an email from a My Little Pony collector immortalized in the text of a government contract, countless curiosities abound that provide data aficionados with intrigue and inspiration. In this talk, you’ll learn about a few of these curiosities and their origins, and techniques to uncover your own treasures.

Speaker bio
Abe Rubenstein is a senior software engineer who leads development of Enigma Public, a search and discovery platform for open data. He is also an instructor in the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) at Pratt Institute. Abe's interests include exploring randomness in creative computation and teaching programming to non-engineers. In his free time he enjoys co-organizing GeoNYC, a meetup around technical and social aspects of maps.

Agenda:
- Pizza and socializing begins @ 6:45
- Talk begins @ 7:00 followed by Q&A
- A little extra socializing after the event