Archive: December, 2011

Another #Occupy Timeline Visualization

@RyanneTKD posted this one from Team Utrecht:

Last Chance! Take the Occupy Research Demographic and Political Participation Survey by Jan 9th

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Last Chance! Take #OccupyResearch survey: Research by/4 the movement FTW! More info:



The OccupyResearch network is pleased to launch this exciting survey,
which aims to create a better understanding of who engages with the
Occupy movement, and how — it includes questions about media,
communication, political activities, and more. The survey is open to
people living in any country, regardless of their level of involvement
with the Occupy movement. The more people we can reach with this survey,
the better we can reflect on this exciting time — so we invite you to
spread the word. You can pitch in by:

  • Posting it on social networks
  • Sharing it with your local Occupy activists and groups
  • Contacting or starting a research working group at an Occupy site
  • Conducting the survey yourself
  • Getting involved in a survey training workshop

Get started! Share this link to the survey with your networks:

At Occupy sites, the survey can either be conducted online, if internet access is available in the field, or on paper. For both scenarios, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to conducting the survey, including detailed directions, a script, important information regarding consent, and many useful pointers.

Download that guide as a PDF here:

Coming soon: Interactive training materials for surveyors, and on-the-ground training at Occupy sites! Get in touch with us at and let us know how you’d like to be involved.

The survey is open until January 9th, 2011. Once closed, the data will be publicly available through the OccupyResearch website. The survey is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 General License.

The survey is being conducted by the OccupyResearch Network (, which includes over 200 activists, academics, and researchers, and DataCenter (, a U.S. based research organization. For more information about who is involved, see

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this exciting project, and happy surveying!

-OccupyResearch Survey Team

Number of #OWS Participants in Twitter

The dataset with #ows hashtag contains approximately 5.3 million tweets contributed by 650K users between October 2011 and December 2011. The following graph shows the number of new users who posted a tweet on a given day (i.e., the users who hadn’t posted before that day):

The graph of the cumulative number of new users (i.e., number of unique users who had posted up until the given day) is below.


The final dataset and charts are here:


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Occupy Hashtag Timeline Visualization

This project is basically a free/libre open source implementation of trendistic. We started with the following sketch of Tweet volume by city, displayed in parallel:

Timelines by City


From there, Pablo used inkscape and libreoffice to create the following static mock-up, using the real data from the #OccupyData dataset from

(image pulled from @numeroteca‘s post at!/numeroteca/status/145583946778951680/photo/1)

You can follow our development process on the project’s etherpad below:

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Metameme: Pepper Spray Cop Mosaic


What could possible be more awesome than an #OccupyData hackathon? That’s right: the Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop meme.

And what could be more awesome than a meme? That’s right: a metameme. One of our goals over the last couple of days has been to create just such a metameme. The basic idea is to start by generating a mosaic image of the Pepper Spraying Cop, composed of many tiny remixed Pepper Spraying Cop images. From our initial drawing on the whiteboard, we moved to start thinking about how to do a rapid implementation.

See to follow the development

Update: [10.12.11 16.22] ET The game continues. Here some iterations from @numeroteca with metapixel:

Last iteration:

Third iteration with metapixel

The how to guide and steps:

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Occupy LinkViz first steps

The code:
Update: Dec 30, 2011 now with all the tweets
Update: Dec 12, 2011 you can check the first online mock up with the #occupyboston tweets

At the Media Lab, after brainstorming various possible projects for the #OccupyData hackathon, we decided to focus on visualizing links sent around via tweets. The following video describes this idea further:

And here’s a picture of the concept from the whiteboard:

twitter links color map

We finished the second night with a working implementation! Screenshot here:




And here’s the etherpad where we’re documenting the solution:

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Walkthrough of #OccupyResearch Hackathon at the Media Lab

Today Tim McCarthy came by the #OccupyResearch hackathon and shot this short walkthrough of what we’ve been up to. Check it out!

Charlie DeTar on Occupy Streams Map

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One interesting aspect of the Occupy movement has been the widespread use of live streaming to document the camps, actions, and mobilizations in real time using computers, webcams, and cameraphones. On October 24th, I ran across the Occupy Streams site that provides a list of links to all of the livestreams run by Occupiers. I forwarded a link to the site to the general email list used by researchers at the Center for Civic Media:

>> On 10/24/2011 10:36 PM, Sasha Costanza-Chock wrote:
>> Someone make a map, with thumbnails, already 🙂
>> schock

By the next morning, I found this reply in my inbox:

>> > On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM, Charlie DeTar wrote:
> ok.
>> -charllie

Later, Charlie DeTar wrote a blog post describing the map that he created. Today, during the #OccupyData hackathon, CDT gave us a more detailed overview of the process he used to code the map. The video at the beginning of this post is a full recording of that overview, shot by Pablo Rey Mazon. Check it out!

Key Links


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BIFI on the 15m


Twitter research #spanishrevolution

Lecture-talk by “Complex Systems and Networks Group of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems at the University of Zaragoza”

#OccupyData brainstorm images

From the first hour of the #OccupyData hackathon!