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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.

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Today: EVERYBLOCK

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!

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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:
Drop.io: to collect all the mobile reports, and to embed audio
As we decided in class, please set up your own Drop.io 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: j-incubator.net/class_map.html

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.

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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

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In class project today

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Today we’re going to document this incredible weather in Chicago using our mobile phones. You can create reports in one of four ways:

1) With video, uploaded to YouTube
2) With Tweets containing the hashtag #chi70
3) With photos, uploaded to Flickr, eventually ending up with the tag “chi70” on them
4) With audio reports, phoned into Drop.io at 646-495-9205 x 15317

The page that all of this will end up on is hand-built to deal with this disparate content. It gets populated in different ways:
You will have to e-mail me links to your YouTube videos so I can create an embedded video playlist.
Tweets will show up automatically.
Flickr photos will fill the slideshow as you add the tag (can do this on-the-go or after-the-fact).
Audio will flow in via RSS.

At the end of the project, we will have a multi-format, trans-media look at a beautiful spring day in Chicago, created through mobile reporting, photography, and videography.

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Chicago News Co-op: where we’re meeting

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment

As you know, this Wednesday we’re meeting at the Chicago News Cooperative to present your mobile strategy and app/site prototypes.

They’re at 70 E. Lake. Here’s a map:

We’ll meet at the entry to the building no later than 3:50. BE THERE ON TIME!

Be sure to bring your presentation on a flash drive. We’ll load them all onto my laptop.

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Group collaboration tools

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

the google suite
Google Docs
Google Calendar
Google Sites

the social networks
Facebook
Twitter

collaboration-focused tools
Basecamp
Drop.io

toss slides between team members
Slideshare

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