Monsoon Collective, a retrospective

Posted on Mar 17, 2013
Monsoon Collective, a retrospective

  July 2012: what an incredible month! I say this for myself, and hopefully ten others, who got together to form the Monsoon Collective maker/hacker-space in Kathmandu last summer. And now that its been almost nine months, I figured it was time to turn gestating thoughts about the experience into a retrospective blog post… so […]

Links to celebrate March: Beauty and Innovation

Posted on Mar 7, 2013
Links to celebrate March: Beauty and Innovation

Kathmandu is being “Kolor”ed! Kathmandu’s coolest kids, at the Sattya Media Arts and Collective, have started the Kolor Kathmandu project  “to transform Kathmandu, into an open gallery where creative expressions of modern Nepal go hand in hand with temples of ancient times.” Beautiful stuff; wish I was there to witness this personally. UNICEF Innovations had […]

Getting started with R

Posted on Mar 4, 2013
Getting started with R

I have found myself encouraging, coaxing, and eventually coaching many colleagues and friends into learning R quite a bit these days. The power of R is tremendous when it comes to data, as can be seen in this basic hour-long Google Tech Talk. But I’ll motivate more another day; this post is for the motivated, on […]

Links to round up February

Posted on Feb 28, 2013
Links to round up February

Some interesting links from the end of Feburary: OSM Nepal, Open DRI Nepal, Mapbox, and others organized an effort to map Kathmandu’s building footprints as a part of Open Data Day 2013. Groups in DC and Nepal joined in, (as well as yours truly from New York), and the it is quite impressive how much […]

How to make choropleths in R

Posted on Feb 27, 2013
How to make choropleths in R

How to make choropleth maps with R [UPDATE: This post was generated using Rmarkdown. The code for that is here.] There are many tools to make choropleths out there, each offering various levels of difficulty, and with various advantages. There are cartodb and mapbox which are great for creating server-“baked” tilesets, leaflet and d3.js for […]

A real-time map of Egypt Election data

Posted on Feb 22, 2013
A real-time map of Egypt Election data

Egypt Decides 2012 is a prototype demo of formhub.org and bamboo.io to create a real-time updating visualization of the results of an elections. Using data provided to us by the Rakeeb project, we have done the following: Made a formhub form that can be filled out by anyone to report election irregularities. Created a link to a bamboo dataset, and […]

formhub.R

Posted on Feb 7, 2013
formhub.R

formhub.R is a library for making reading data form formhub.org into R easier. What this enables is using R’s analysis and visualization power on formhub data easily. In the simplest example, I show how four lines of R can both download the data and chart submissions on formhub’s “good eats” dataset: More complex examples include a slightly […]

Bamboo at ACM Dev ’13

Posted on Jan 14, 2013
Bamboo at ACM Dev ’13

I recently presented our paper, Improving Data Collection and Monitoring through Real-time Data Analysis at ACM DEV 2013 in Bangalore. The poster is below: The paper was coauthored with Peter Lubell-Doughtie, Mark Johnston, and Vijay Modi.  The abstract is below: Feedback based on real-time data is increasingly important for ICT-based interventions in the developing world. […]

Spatial summarization added to formhub

Posted on Aug 24, 2012
Spatial summarization added to formhub

In formhub, our map visualizations had so far focused on individual survey points–you saw responses distributed across space, and could click on each response to find out more. Recently, we added spatial summarization through hexbins to the mix. Two varieties exist, one to simply show density of submissions: And the other, which I think goes […]

Join me, for a labor of love (and if you can’t, help me advertise)

Posted on Jul 12, 2012
Join me, for a labor of love (and if you can’t, help me advertise)

Dear blog-readers (yes, the three of you), I would like your help in soliciting applicants for a labor of love, the Monsoon workshop. I have spoken to at least one of you about the idea of the Monsoon collective, and in fact, your encouragement has contributed existentially to the collective’s first activity, the Monsoon workshop. The […]