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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Mentorship, Intellectual Freedom, and a Great Environment For Research: My MSR Internship at the Social Media Collective

The hardest part of being a PhD intern at the Social Media Collective last summer happened on weekday mornings. On those mornings, when I joined the optional Writing Power Hour, we would sit together at a long table overlooking the Charles River and write. For one or two hours, we committed to silence, collectively focusing on our work.

For a community of caring scholars who love sharing ideas and love to be with each other, staying quiet was no small challenge-- and not just because Tarleton Gillespie and Mary Gray seem full of energy and perpetually on the cusp of a mischievous joke. Everyone is just too curious to stay in their own heads for very long.

Introducing DataBasic.io

We're pleased to announce the launch of DataBasic.io - a suite of simple web-based tools and hands-on activities that help you get started learning to work with data. The tools are geared towards journalists, non-profits, activist groups and students. Rather than just building data tools to make a pretty charts, we've designed these with learners in mind and we made them fun!

We’ve got three tools for you to start playing with – WTFcsv, WordCounter, and SameDiff. Pop on over to https://databasic.io and give them a try. Right now we’re supporting Spanish or English, and it is accessible to visually impaired via screen-readering software.

Don’t forget to watch the short intro videos on each homepage, and check out the activity guides.

Javascript Developer for Live Streaming Site

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MIT’s Center for Civic Media is developing a new platform to add contextual information to live streaming video and search across multiple live streaming services, allowing viewers to more deeply engage with live streams. The site is built on Meteor.js and we currently have an early beta version deployed at www.deepstream.tv. We are looking to contract with a Boston-area developer who wants to play an active role in continuing the development of features and refining the UI.

This position is part-time (between 15 and 25 hours a week) for 3-5 months. This period will include providing support for early users and integrating user feedback. It will also include an onboarding period for knowledge transfer from the current developer. We would like to hire by mid-February 2016. Ideally you would be open to the idea of joining the project on a longer-term basis if we are able to secure additional funding.

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