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Apr 9, 2012 6:02am


Next weekend, I’m heading to Chicago to spend a week volunteering for the Obama 2012 campaign’s tech team. I’m very excited; it should be a fairly high pressure environment and I hope to have a number of opportunities to bring a bit of API design and basemap cartography love from San Francisco.

This election feels intuitively like the one that matters, the one where we prove that the past four years weren’t just a reactionary fluke. We had a round of flowers and sunshine last time around, but the President wasn’t running on much of a record. In 2012, he’s been in office for a full term, and a lot of people who were hoping to see a 180° turnaround from the Bush years were disappointed to discover that ours is a rough political landscape to navigate. Given the circumstances, I think Obama’s done a great job. Given the risk that supporters from 2008 might not be so excited this time around, I’m putting in extra energy to help assure that we can push this not-at-all-guaranteed election over the hump.

If you’re local to San Francisco and want to help, Catherine and Angus at the SF technology field office in SOMA are looking for your help.

Comments (4)

  1. Sounds great - good luck!

    Posted by Tom Taylor on Monday, April 9 2012 7:55am UTC

  2. Awesome! I worked on the GIS team last election and we were doing some neat stuff but it was limited to those who had Arcview handy and the moxie to run some custom VBA extensions. It would be great to see the exercises repeated through the browser with a simpler UI.

    Posted by Marc Pfister on Monday, April 9 2012 1:01pm UTC

  3. Thanks Tom! Marc: say more?

    Posted by Michal Migurski on Monday, April 9 2012 3:37pm UTC

  4. We were manually fixing precinct data. We'd look at address-level registration data and rebuild precincts from blocks. A lot of it could probably have been done with something like Clustr and some autocorrelation. But basically you would look at a bunch of points and pick out the polygons they covered. I don't know if he's on the campaign this time, but the guy to talk to would be David Galt. He ran the whole operation.

    Posted by Marc Pfister on Tuesday, April 10 2012 4:04pm UTC

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