How we made our maps | Hacks/Hackers NYC

When a story is best told through a visual representation of geography, maps are often the best way of telling it. Three journalists joined Hacks/Hackers NYC to explain how they approached mapmaking for their recent projects. Slides and code from their presentations are available in this link bundle. While New York was preparing for Hurricane Irene, John Keefe, WNYC’s senior executive producer for news, decided to create a hurricane evacuation map so people could see whether or not they needed to leave their homes.

Data visualization & The Guardian: Reporting big stories through small details

In an era of “show, don’t just tell,” data visualization in journalism has become an increasingly important component of news reporting. Alastair Dant, interactive lead at The Guardian in London, joined Hacks/Hackers NYC on Sept. 19 for a presentation on his team’s work in reporting stories with big datasets. Jeremy Caplan, Education Director at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, compiled notes from Alistair’s talk. The Guardian first explored aggregate analysis and data visualization last year with an award-winning graphic that replays World Cup games, condensing 90 minutes of tweets into 90 seconds of interactive animation.

Recap of Hacks/Hackers NYC Demo Day: Lots of Raphael

The New York City group of Hacks/Hackers met last Wednesday, December 3rd for Demo Day at the generously donated space, New Work City. The pizza was delicious and the place was packed. People had to raise their hands if there was an empty seat. Let’s time travel back to Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – at 8pm-ish, and learn what these folks are up to.

Open(source).athon in NYC kicks off

Hi from the inaugural Hacks/Hackers NYC Hackathon, where the caffeine has been replenished and the coders are getting down to geekery.

For the full-real time experience, you can follow @opensourceathon and watch #hackshackers. I’ll be blogging notes from the day, recapping the speakers’ presentations and chronicling what the programming teams are working on.

We started the day with a crisis: Coffee shortage! Fortunately, Jenny 8. Lee charged into the fray and returned with provisions. Lots and lots of fully-caffeine-loaded provisions (we unanimously ruled decaf “not coffee”).

Armed with java and bagels, we gathered for the opening presentation from Aaron Williamson, counsel to the Software Freedom Law Center.