Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Posted on Apr 12, 2015
Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Over the last few weeks, I have had the incredible pleasure of working with artist and research Joy Lynn Davis, to support her work documenting the theft of stone sculptures of Kathmandu Valley. The theft, which has gone on since 1970s, is quite outrageous. (Though it is heartening that some of the sculptures are making […]

Making Data more Useful

Posted on Mar 16, 2015
Making Data more Useful

When I shared the idea of the Front-End Class I’ll be teaching soon, Nama Budhathoki (the Executive Director of Kathmandu Living Labs) got really excited! He listened to my reasons for hosting the class (see last blog). But then, he said: that’s fine, but you aren’t getting to the substance of it. How will the […]

BYFY Projects supported by the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo

Posted on Feb 4, 2014
BYFY Projects supported by the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo

As I was making my portfolio, I had asked former colleagues at the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo for a list of the BYFY[1] projects that were supported by the Lab, along with start and end dates, so I could articulate a bit better the projects the Lab has supported over time. I finally got around […]

Recently: October edition

Posted on Nov 24, 2013
Recently: October edition

Doing: Lots of people are interested in mapping the history of OSM edits in a particular place. You may have seen the “Year of Edits” videos, like this one. The folks at Kathmandu Living Labs are interested in visualizing their incredible work on OSM. So I began an experiment in R, and the video below […]

Mapping Poverty in Nepal

Posted on Jul 27, 2013
Mapping Poverty in Nepal

Chandan Sapkota, who my friend Bigyan calls the “Ezra Klein of Nepal”, produces amazing analysis about Nepal, taking data sources from the obscure reports of government institutions and writing them up in accessible blog posts. When he posted about “Poverty by District in Nepal”, I thought that I’d map the poverty data, since it is hard […]

Links, week of April 15th

Posted on Apr 18, 2013
Links, week of April 15th

The Harvard International Review has published “Cellular Citizenship,” an essay by Matt Berg, myself, and colleagues regarding cell phones’ role in building asset mapping, citizen feedback, and other analytic systems for improving service delivery. Click the photo to jump to the online version, or download the pdf here.   Chris Fabian and Erica Kochi, who […]

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 […]

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 […]