itp resident sharon lee de la cruz is co-organizing bronx tech month this month and asked a few folks to present workshops that combine tech with social justice. i’m presenting one on saturday about data and mapping.
half the workshop will focus on 596 acres‘s map of vacant land in new york city. we’ll walk through what 596 is and some of the functionality of the website, including organizing success stories. but in addition to sharing the tool, i’m interested in getting folks to think about how they’d make their own tool using maps and open data sets.
i’m thinking i’ll do a quick demo with an nyc open data set from here >> https://nycplatform.socrata.com/ << and drop it into cartodb. there are a lot of directions we could go from there: i could talk about wireframes and user flows, which i found really helpful in francis’s “designing digital communities” class last semester. or i could talk about the recent propublica story that highlights what’s possible when you start finding discrepancies in data sets.
either way, i want to leave time for folks to brainstorm and sketch together.
i’m also trying to create my presentation using html and reveal.js, both so i can practice and so the website will be available online to folks who might find it useful in the future. we’ll see if i can pull that off by saturday.
UPDATE: workshop is here! i realized as i was presenting it that it’s pretty dense. there’s enough material there to discuss and do activities for a few hours, if you have people break out into groups to brainstorm/sketch along the way. alternatively, it’s definitely possible to just tear through everything, without breakout activities, in 45 minutes or so.