TWed Talk: Urban Sprawl Assessment Portal for Tetherless World Constellation

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Website: TWed Talk: Urban Sprawl Assessment Portal for Tetherless World Constellation
When: April 23 2014
Where: Winslow 1140, RPI Campus, Troy, NY
"There's always something happening Wednesday evenings in the Tetherless World!"

TWed Talk: Weds, 23 Apr (7p, Winslow 1140)
TITLE: "Urban Sprawl Assessment Portal for Tetherless World Constellation"
LEADERS: ITWS Capstone Project Team One: Lakshmi Chenicheri, Aaron Tobias, Gouravjeet Singh and Jiale Sun

Please join us this Wed (23 Apr) for a very special TWed as ITWS Capstone Team One leads us in an interesting discussion AND LIVE DEMO of their Spring 2014 Capstone project, a dynamic web application for reviewing factors contributing to urban sprawl. This project was sponsored by the Web Science Research Center (WSRC) of TWC RPI.

The team was challenged to utilize open government data to create a mobile app that would promote positive social change by helping solve a local, community problem. Based on an evaluation of available datasets and consultation with the WSRC team, ITWS Capstone Team One chose to create a portal to help a variety of stakeholders interactively review factors associated with urban sprawl. The team identified datasets provided through the New York State open data portal [1] from relevant domains such as health, environment or education; applied Semantic Web and other technologies to combine and visualize datasets in compelling ways; used agile development techniques to deliver a mobile, interactive app; and applied Web Science principles to measure the effectiveness of their solution.

To complete this challenge Team One was expected to demonstrate a practical knowledge of data structures and application development, including web application development. During the development process specific skills such as mobile app design and development, the architecture of data-driven apps, the implementation of web apps using remote visualization APIs, and knowledge of Javascript, JSON, and the Semantic Web stack (RDF, SPARQL, principles of Linked Data) were utilized.

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TWed Logistics (Spring 2014):
  • TWed schedule
  • 7p-8p, 1st floor Winslow (1140)
  • We try to alternate TWed Talks with TWed Hackspaces. The alternating pattern of TWed Talks and TWed Hackspaces may "off" due to leader availability and Institute scheduling.
  • Pizza or snacks will be provided for TWed Talks
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  • TWed Talks from previous terms are archived; topical archive coming soon!
About TWed:
  • "TWed" is the Tetherless World Educational Series * "TWed Talks" are informal overview talks and tutorials on topics of interest to the Tetherless World community. TWed gives members of the lab the chance to share tools and expertise. TWed talks are not lectures; they are expected to be highly interactive and fun. TWed leaders are encouraged to include live "hack" activities in their session plans.
  • "TWed Hackspaces" during the TWed time are informal group work sessions inspired by the Hackerspace movement. This is a time when TWC people will "be around" and you can rely on the "right" people being available to answer your questions and help with your hacks. This is also a great opportunity for project teams to "hack" together on problems, with the knowledge and resources of TWC surrounding you.