The Open Network Infrastructure Association, is pursing important next steps in creating data about the physical world - with the capability to do this at scale now possible at a grassroots level and openly licensed.
We supported their first volunteer run event in February - Make Zurich - with platforms and guidelines, helping to ensure a high quality and innovative event for all participants. On day 2 we ran a workshop talking about data literacy and the resources available at School of Data:
In addition to putting together some sensors of our own, we wanted to collect aggregate data about the use of nodes at the hackathon by sharing device information from the community. @Oleg and @Heidi asked the teams at Make Zurich to share their applications on The Things Network.
This allowed us, in a safe way and without interfering with their projects, to plot the overall activity data from all devices - and make a rudimentary analysis at least only based on timestamps. The result looked like this:
Details and R code can be found here
Furthermore, we started a discussion about the potential of integrating Swagger-based APIs such as the ones used by The Things Network with Data Packages, which we were making at our previous workshop.
• Oleg Lavrovsky