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.
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.
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- The New York TimesData Artist In Residence, present