We convinced Steve to let us build an API around the expedition, which allows anyone anywhere to access the data they are collecting - wildlife counts - along with position data and biometrics of the team members.
This is really exciting to me, as it connects us not only to the visual experience of the expedition, but also to the data that they've set out to collect.
We've put up a website - http://intotheokavango.org - where you can follow along with the progress of the expedition. We'll be adding more features as the expedition progresses, including sound and images, and interface to see trends and patterns among the wildlife sightings that are being recorded.
Data folks can connect to the API, which serves up GeoJSON in different flavours here: http://intotheokavango.org/api
Big thanks to who build most (all) of the back-end and to Ian Ardouin-Fumat, who made the interface look as great as it does.
Which would be a much sexier looking link, if I had included a photo.
.js), I wanted to aggregate all the times someone used the ''Thanks Obama" meme:
Its dumb but funny, and just 50ish lines of code. You can create some interesting mashups of data using APIs.
I noticed in the Google+ notifications menu (the one with the bell icon), that you get clever little previews of your videos, as animated GIFs. Like this one:
I got this URL simply by right-clicking on the animated image in the notifications menu, and choosing 'Copy Image URL'.
Awesomely, you can change the size of the image to any size you want:
It seems like this only works for the ones in your notifications menu - I poked around a bit to see if I could find the URL from the main photo page or from individual video pages, with no luck.
- Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
I'll warn you all right now that I'll probably post a lot more photos.
We have an amazing team, a great studio, and a giant pile of interesting projects just starting.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested:
———- BEGIN MEMORANDUM ———-
OFFICE FOR CREATIVE RESEARCH
TITLE: Now Hiring – Creative Researchers
DATE: March 25, 2013
AUTHOR(S): Thorp, J.
MEMORANDUM FOR FILE
We are looking to hire two Creative Researchers to join the team at OCR.
These positions are open immediately. They are contract, full-time, with a good chance to move to full-time permanent.
Immediate work will be on two large scale publicly-sited data projects. The first has 3 million data points, 40 foot tall projections, and close collaboration with a world-class statistician. The second is a data investigation of the history of computing, will combine text, images and statistics, and will live on two 300sqft video walls.
- Proven skills in Processing, along with oF, Cinder, WebGL, or some combination of the above
- Data processing & visualization abilities (NLP, Mongo, Python, R are all desired bonuses).
- A deep interest in exploring the boundaries between data, art & culture
- A diverse set of truly fascinating projects ranging from pure R&D to gallery installations to editorials for major publications
- A unique, research-focused approach to data-related problems
- A studio on Bowery St. in Manhattan
- An inclusive, friendly, open work environment
- That new company smell
We are looking to fill these positions immediately.
Send an e-mail to email@example.com telling us why you might be the right person for the job.
(For these positions we are looking for people that are NYC-based, or who can re-locate right away.)
———- END MEMORANDUM ———-
Made me think of my favourite passage from Pynchon:
"She looked down a slope, needing to squint for the sunlight, onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grown up all together, like a well-tended crop, from the dull brown earth; and she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had. Though she knew even less about radios than about Southern Californians, there were to both outward patterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate. There’d seemed no limit to what the printed circuit could have told her (if she had tried to find out); so in her first minute of San Narciso, a revelation also trembled just past the threshold of her understanding.”
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
- The New York TimesData Artist In Residence, present
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Recently, his work has been featured by The Guardian, Scientific American, The New Yorker, and Popular Science.
Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
Jer is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s ITP program, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. He is a co-founder of The Office For Creative Research, a multi-disciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data. From 2010 – 2012, Jer was the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times.
For keynote speaking, Jer is exclusively represented by The Lavin Agency.