Wuthering Hacks Projects

Posted on 17th Jun 2016 by James

Participants at Wuthering Hacks

Wuthering Hacks took place at City Library on 9th April 2016 as part of the Commons are Forever series of events.

City Library set up a wi-fi box to serve the data:

ToonLibraryBox directory

The projects included…

Book Recognition

Alistair presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Alistair McDonald used image recognition and a web speech API so that when you scan the barcode of a book with your device’s camera it reads the summary out loud.

Alistair presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

(Video: Product Forge)

Map Exploration

Luke presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Luke Burton used Maptiler and superimposed an historic map of the City onto a current one.

Luke presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

(Video: Product Forge)

Graphed Comparisons

Brian presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Brian Degger looked at:

  1. Library PC use (related to pcs at the location*reported use)
  2. Max, min and average % use
  3. Visits 2008-2016
  4. Yearly visits
  5. Issued items (in 2015/16 20% of 97/98 levels)
  6. How many fiction books are withdrawn vs non-fiction

Brian presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Historic Book Conversions

James presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

James Rutherford converted mixed scans of historic books into a web-accessible format.

Historic books conversion - snapshot

Analysis of Energy Usage

Graeme presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Graham Smith looked at energy consumption (electricity, gas and water) for the City Library building from 2011 to 2015. He also used several projection methods to predict future energy use.

Graham presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Data Critique

Siddhant presenting what he did at Wuthering Hacks

Siddhant Baviskar provided constructive feedback on the data sets.

Raw Visualisations

Visual experiments

The participant used Raw to do visualisations using the “top 5 most borrowed titles in Newcastle Libraries in March 2016” data. The idea was to see how data could be turned from a raw format into an aesthetically pleasing item.

 Computer Usage

Do visitors prefer to answer their own questions?

The participant used Libre Office to create the graphs and was interested to see if people would ‘self serve’ if there were lots of computers available. “I never got far enough to answer it though”.

Data Dashboard

Data dashboard - screenshot

(Image: Dave Rowe)

Dave Rowe built a data dashboard showing our issues (number of items borrowed), visits (number of visitors) and PC usage statistics for all our libraries – view the data dashboard here.

Active Members Map

Active members map - screenshot

(Image: Dave Rowe, using Newcastle City Council data, CartoDB and OpenStreetMap –  Ordnance Survey and Geolytix)

Dave Rowe used the data we released about our members to show on a map of the UK where Newcastle Libraries members live (for anonymisation purposes, only the first part of the postcode was released). View the full map here.

Further Information

Dave Rowe’s write-up.

Flickr image set.

Aude’s write-up.

Next

The City Library will host their next event on Saturday 13th August. Mark your diary!

NE Data Meetup - July (Grab a Ticket!)

Posted on 2nd Jun 2016 by James

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday July 6th meeting at Bunker Coffee in Newcastle.

Speakers:

Grab your ticket now!