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Transit Time NYC
WYNC, a New York public radio station, created this interactive 'travel time' visualization to go along with a story it aired on the lengthening commute times for people 'of lesser means' being pushed out of Manhattan. All you have to do is pick a starting point to see subway travel times to everywhere else in NYC. The tool includes travel times for the Staten Island Railway, but not ferries, buses... or bikes. To build the interactive map, developers said: 'We divided NYC into 2,930 hexagons and calculated the time it would take to travel by subway and walking from the center of each hexagon to every other using OpenTripPlanner and the MTA's subway schedule data. We simulated each trip as starting at 9 a.m. on a weekday.' They also noted that the 4.3 million calculations 'took four extra-large Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances just under a week to complete.'

WYNC, a New York public radio station, created this interactive "travel time" visualization to go along with a story it aired on the lengthening commute times for people "of lesser means" being pushed out of Manhattan. All you have to do is pick a starting point to see subway travel times to everywhere else in NYC. The tool includes travel times for the Staten Island Railway, but not ferries, buses... or bikes. To build the interactive map, developers said: "We divided NYC into 2,930 hexagons and calculated the time it would take to travel by subway and walking from the center of each hexagon to every other using OpenTripPlanner and the MTA's subway schedule data. We simulated each trip as starting at 9 a.m. on a weekday." They also noted that the 4.3 million calculations "took four extra-large Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances just under a week to complete."

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frankcastle74
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Re: Most Popular Uses Of Data
frankcastle74   7/29/2013 9:37:49 AM
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@Noreen, I totally agree with you about the government data being cumbersome.  I did research on some government data on some environment issues on an environmental science class.  Trying to understand it all and trying to pick apart of the data was time consuming, it's like you need to know rocket science to figure it out.

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Noreen Seebacher   7/23/2013 7:37:22 PM
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Ha ha ha hospice That's a good one

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Hospice_Houngbo   7/23/2013 4:56:39 PM
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@SethBreedlove

"Congress, it turns out, isn't paralyzed. It's just not motivated."

Congress has priorities and time constraints. 

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Noreen Seebacher   7/22/2013 12:08:20 PM
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Especially after Obama's very well done rendition of that song...what was it again, Al Green?

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Alexis   7/22/2013 10:10:33 AM
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@SethBreedlove

Agreed! If Mitt Romney had really wanted to win, he would never have dared to sing God Bless America.

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BethSchultz   7/22/2013 8:45:39 AM
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@kq4ym, I would suppose if you knew what you needed, and needed that on a regular basis, you could find it easliy enough. But, right, hunting and pecking through government data just to see what you might find or because you really need X stat isn't easy. Is there such a thing as a reference librarian these days? Maybe there's a new job in the making, master government data searcher!

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SethBreedlove   7/21/2013 11:45:25 PM
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Sadly, I think it is very true. 

The last presidential election, with Republican canditates was a travisty.  Most of the canditates had book deals. And their bid for president, seemed more of a way to sell books, than actually trying to be president.  

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Noreen Seebacher   7/21/2013 11:19:47 PM
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wonderful quote!

SethBreedlove
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SethBreedlove   7/21/2013 9:03:57 PM
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Thanks Pierre,

I especially like the quote "Congress, it turns out, isn't paralyzed. It's just not motivated. In this spirit, there's one simple way to get our do-nothing legislators off the dime: Have them eat their own dog food."

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Pierre DeBois   7/21/2013 11:24:34 AM
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Seth,

A Georgia Tech classmate sent a Wired post on politicians and data which complements your comments about data usage.  

 

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/07/qq_thompson-2/

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