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For our last class

May 5, 2010 8 comments

Next week your final projects are due!

You’ll be doing three things for the projects:

1) The project itself. If you’re building something that resides on the web, please paste a link to the comments of this post, and that’s handed in. If it’s a keynote-based mockup or some other non-web entity, I will need a copy that I’ll transfer onto a flash drive.

2) A presentation. This should explain and introduce your idea, as well as your process of creation. You should have at least two slides for this section. After the introduction, you will give a brief walkthrough/demo/show-n-tell. TOTAL TIME for the presentation and walkthrough should not exceed five minutes.

3) A report. This should cover the motivation behind the idea, how the idea fits into a broader mobile landscape, the development of the concept and the product, and a narrative walkthrough of the final thing. The report should be around 800 words.

Come to class prepared to present, and will all the pieces!

ps. Don’t forget your mobile blog!!!

Categories: homework

grade sheets for the mobile reporting/geolocation unit

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey folks,

I had grade sheets ready in class today, but in the excitement of demoing QR codes, forgot to distribute them to all but the stragglers. I have them here in my office if you want to drop by. Otherwise, I’ll bring them to class next week.

Categories: class stuff

Final Project Question Zone

April 21, 2010 2 comments

You call got the handout today, so any questions you have, ask them here.

Categories: homework


April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, we’re taking the train to visit with local geodata powerhouse Everyblock.

BE IN OUR CLASSROOM ON TIME. We will be leaving immediately, and if you are late, you will be left behind.

Additionally, be very familiar with Everyblock, and come with plenty of questions. It will be awesome!

Categories: class stuff

Our Group Mapping Project: INFO

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Database Mapping: OUR PROJECT
Today we’ll be doing both mobile reporting and building a database-driven map. We’ll use a few different tools to pull this off. I have linked to all of them, though for this assignment, the heavy lifting of hooking bits and pieces up is done already. This is entirely something you could do yourself for other projects.

These two are the bare minimum to get started (obviously, to do this on your own you’ll need a Google Docs account as well, but we’ll all share a spreadsheet):
Creating a custom map from a Google Spreadsheet
GPS Lat & Long converter

Then you’ll need a few different things to embed various content into the map: to collect all the mobile reports, and to embed audio
As we decided in class, please set up your own page in order to keep things separate and generate your own embed code

The Google Spreadsheet we’ll be working with is here (but you’ve all been invited as editors)

You can see the actual map as it progresses at:

You are responsible for reporting and listing at least 15 additional points by next Wednesday. More than 15 gets you extra credit. We should have a *huge* map by then. It will be awesome.

Categories: class stuff, homework

Links and Project 4-14-10

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Interesting use of Geodata
Everyblock: Local Boys Done Good
The New York Times looks at Netflix data: What’s GeoData tell us?
WNYC’s super simple mapping tool: explained.

Geocoded photos: Uh…
A Flickr search for Chicago photos shot by an iPhone 3G
GPS Lat & Long converter

Categories: class stuff, homework, links

Work for Next Week: Your Maps

April 7, 2010 12 comments

You need to build a custom, media-rich map for next week. It needs to:

1) Have at least 10 data points.
2) Use custom markers for your points.
3) At least 5 data points include some form of multimedia content: video, photos, etc. This needs to be original to you–shot, created, etc, by you.
4) Be framed within the Map Channels webapp for better usability.
5) Work within the constraints of JOURNALISM–i.e. other people will find this awesome.
6) Be awesome.

Please paste a link to your MapChannels page here when you’re done.

Categories: homework