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 siteGeonames.orgto 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.
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