How-to bots #botweek Node.js Twitter Hi, Weatherbot!

Hi, Weatherbot!

A Node-based Twitter bot, one easy step at a timeā€”plus the way John Keefe teaches basic botmaking to class of journalism/design students.

Tool Leaflet Node.js mapping cartodb Turntable Banquo Server Banquo PostGIS The Code Behind AJAM’s Displaced Syrians App

The Code Behind AJAM's Displaced Syrians App

Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller introduces the three new open source libraries behind AJA’s displaced Syrians interactive app.

Learning visualization Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics

Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics

Lena Groeger‘s lowdown on how to apply classic design principles to your newfangled interactive graphics and apps.

Roundup events Event Roundup, May 28

Event Roundup, May 28

This weekend is the National Day of Civic Hacking in cities around the U.S. including an event focused on supporting Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in Rockaway Beach and one focused on immigration in Chicago.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Apr 15

Event Roundup, Apr 15

Events around the world this week: Spain, UK, and around the U.S.(not just the coasts).

Project Raspberry Pi lobbies data display The Lobbyist Registration Meter

The Lobbyist Registration Meter

We spotted Tom Lee’s Lobbyist Registration Meter video on YouTube this morning and it made our day. Lee, director of the Sunlight Foundation’s Sunlight Labs, used an old voltmeter, a Raspberry Pi, and Sunlight Foundation data to create a meter that physically displays the number of new lobbyist registrations in Washington, DC. Lee very kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his setup and the data behind it.

Project animation mapping interactive Google Maps JSON Replaying A Night in the Life of a Cabbie

Replaying A Night in the Life of a Cabbie

At The Boston Globe, I was charged with helping readers understand that struggle—to experience a night in the life of a cab driver—using a digital interactive. The result was published alongside an amazing article by the Globe’s resident journalist-sportswriter-cabbie, Bob Hohler.

Project APIs Ruby on Rails JSON elections The New York Times’ Election Results Loader

The New York Times' Election Results Loader

Jacob Harris breaks down the data, the code choices, and the rationales behind the NYT’s results loader for the US 2012 elections.