Tow Center Mapathon! 2012

Despite a looming Hurricane Sandy, the Tow Center’s Mapathon 2012! with MapBox and CartoDB  produced great results, with student teams, mentors, and a handful of outside participants collaborating to map and visualize data from West Nile outbreaks to rat populations in the NYC area. Very special thanks to Dave Johnson (@djindc) and Andrew Hill (@andrewxhill) for their invaluable instruction and and tireless assistance to our teams.

In the end, more than half a dozen projects came out of the weekend, and you can see their results below. The screencast demos detail how each group approached their project, and below them you’ll find links to the live maps and details about the project.

On November 15, from 5-6pm, project teams will present their work during Tow Tea, where they’ll receive feedback from faculty and guests. We hope to see you there!

Marijuana Stop-&-Frisk

Map compares arrests for criminal weapons possession, in red, to drug possession arrests, in green, that resulted from stop-and-frisk in the Bronx in 2011.

Team members: Juanita Ceballos, Jika Gonzalez, Maria Perez, Selase Kove Seyram, Annaliese Wiederspahn
Mentors: Christina Gutierrez, Albert Sun (@albertsun)

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Live map:


Mapping the West Nile Virus in New York City – Team Data Idol

We mapped West Nile Virus incidences for New York over the past five years by zipcode.

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Team members: Claire Cameron, Anirvan Ghosh, Iris Mansour, Rashmi Raman
Mentors: Taylor Owen (@taylor_owen), Alice Brennan (@alicitabrennan)

Project website:

NYC Recycling by district and income – Team Trash

The shading on our map shows the median income for each community district, and the size of the recycling symbol shows how much of the district’s total waste is glass or paper recycling (data for June 2012).
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Team members: Carla Astudillo, Valerie Hopkins, 
Jacob Kushner, Francesca Trianni
Mentor: Anatoliy Zaslavskiy (@nycitt)

Live map:

Rats To Riches

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Team members: Jessica Camille Aguirre, 

Kristen French

, Fergus Pitt

, Damien Radford
Mentor: Brian Abelson (@brianabelson)

Live map:

Median Income

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Team members: André-Pierre du Plessis, Khadeeja Safdar
Mentor: Michael Keller (@mhkeller)

Live map:

Team Graffiti

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Team members: Keith Collins, Tom Corrigan, Charles Eichacker, Mariana Ionova, Marni Usheroff.
Mentor: Aurelia Moser, @auremoser