Presidential Demographics as Open-Source, More to Come

The EagerEyes Labs’ mission is to provide tools to gain insight into relevant data to everybody. As part of that, the plan has always been to release the source code. The first piece of code is now published, and more is coming.

I am starting with the most recent, the Presidential Demographics applet. It is available as a project on github. It’s an Eclipse project that you can import directly into Eclipse or use the contained source files with any other Java IDE.

This particular applet may not lend itself to massive distributed development, but perhaps somebody will find it useful. And there are more complex things coming that will perhaps lead to some community development.

I am currently reworking the code for the ZIPScribble Maps, and am planning on releasing that once it’s in better shape (and depends on fewer external libraries). Future applets (and there are more in the works) will be published with source as much as possible.

Nathan of Flowing Data recently wrote a posting on open source and the question how “open” we should be. I couldn’t help but write in a comment that releasing your code should be a condition for publication. It’s really unconscionable that we as academics sit on our code rather than sharing and building on it. So here’s a first step in that direction.

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Robert Kosara

Robert Kosara is a Research Scientist at Tableau Software, and formerly Associate Professor of Computer Science. His research focus is the communication of data using visualization. In addition to blogging, Robert also runs and tweets.

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