We turned up at the announced event through the facebook events page , had no clue who the organizers were and the place we were going to . The page just mentioned about telling stories with data. Staying with the open data community i had a clue of what was coming , but did not have a clear agenda or plan of action for next few hours we were going to stay at the meetup.One of the datasets i have been hearing about a lot past few months is from the data.gov.in website , since my rendevous with the Open Data from govt has been limited to the public data available through chalobest.in project , this project still has not been realized in NCR area. Anyway the place was a buzz with people of all age groups mostly students from journalism and activists too . we all sat in small groups either talking about an idea or data set we would be working on . Since i was interested in the data sets from Govt , we picked the infant mortality rate it was in CSV format , the big picture was to create a Heatmap out of the data available , the first thing we noticed was there were not lat longs for the states , so two members from team @arcolife and Myself sat down with the site Geonames.org to collect the same , in the meantime @bhanuvrat , @kanteshraj were writing scripts to the data transformed in the format required . Ramniq was our anchor man who was putting everything together , he started of with the Heatmap code , initially he was dablling with Openlayers later we switched to Leaflet which was much easier to code in . Overall at the end of it we produced the following heat map .
which was sort of hardcoded and static one with the limitations of time we could produce here is the code for the Heatmap .
The experience has been good for everyone since we we were getting together after longtime and produced something in the end. Scope for improvements we can cover more years with a time line kind of interface and really see it visually which is kind of nice than just some dry numbers on a spread sheet . We dispersed with lots of sweet memories and hope to have more such events in future.
Tools and Software used
For all those who are interested in Projects in the category HFOSS Humanitarian Foss here is an opportunity to hack around and do your bit its fairly simple
We sometimes hang out in #raxa on Freenode (Chat here: http://webchat.freenode.net/).
- Github Help
- Git… for people who know SVN
- Fork a Github Repro http://help.github.com/fork-a-repo/
- Send a Pull Request http://help.github.com/send-pull-requests/
- View all of our developers’ code which has been forked from Raxa-JSS: https://github.com/Raxa/Raxa-JSS/network/members
- ExtJS (desktop) Official docs
- Application Architecture in ExtJS4
- List of tutorials: http://imwill.com/sencha-touch-tutorials/
- SenchaCon 2011: MVC in Depth Part 1 https://vimeo.com/33311074 (Sencha 2)
- SenchaCon 2011: MVC in Depth Part 2 https://vimeo.com/33430731 (Sencha 2)
- SenchaCon 2011: The Sencha Class System https://vimeo.com/33437222
- Homepage http://pivotal.github.com/jasmine/ and wiki https://github.com/pivotal/jasmine/wiki
- Tutorial: http://evanhahn.com/?p=181
- Using Jasmine with Sencha: http://docs.sencha.com/ext-js/4-0/#!/guide/testing
For those of who do not know Fossacademy is a going to be a remix site of Khanacademy , well after a long hiatus i was able to understand how app works in Google App Engine, here is a list of things to do let me know if anyone wants to work on this project.
1)Create a logo.
2)Work on the theme.
3)Adding Videos other than Youtube.
4)Start working on making exercises.
Hope people will like the effort as usual send in your comments and critiques .
I was invited for a site visit of OLPC in Chennai India , Arani is town around 150 Kms from Chennai here is a route map Route Map , and pictures below
, overall the visit has been fruitful saw sugar @ work kids discovering and learning new things on there own , there were some 10 Xo’s which attracted around 200 kids from in and around the village.
The weather was too hot and dry i did not feel the humidity like Chennai so suggested them to install water cooler . The most popular activities were Paint , Wikipedia , lack to Internet is something which needs to be looked into to get these kids talk out to the world.
on 20th the next day i visited one more school which is a govt school which is under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme of govt of India , here i learned about the ABL ( activity based learning ) which is similar to activity based in Sugar but it was more structured in the sense of the kid goes from one class to other after he has completed a set of activities in on subject or class. In this school the four XO’s are provided the programme is schedule to begin after summer holidays.
things to be done in coming days , XO’s need Sugar upgrade. Teachers need training , identify kids who can teach other kids , get Internet connection so that they can connect to the larger OLPC community .