Sriya Sarkar

Digital Media-ite, Comedian, Filmmaker

Sriya Sarkar can be found at the intersection of comedy, political issues, and digital media (just off of I-95). A filmmaker and comedian, she recently received her Master's in Integrated Digital Media from NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering.

The smorgasbord of her work lives here.

Finding datasets

NYC Open Data is a fascinating resource. I used to think data was dry and boring, to be honest. I didn't realize the potential for creation with data until quite recently. 

Originally, when searching for a data set to work with for the time period after Eric Garner's death, I looked for emergency-related information and something protest related, perhaps. 

This was the original set I decided to work with - the information messages received by the Office of Emergency Management about emergency events and important City services for December 2014. 

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But after playing around with the site a little more, I came across this set from the Department of Sanitation of all places - a log of all graffiti instances throughout the five boroughs for December 2014. I wish there was a column for what the graffiti actually said, but I think it is interesting that the police precincts are included in the organization of the data. 

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I attempted to take the data and build a simple bar chart using D3. I do not know Javascript, however, nor D3 for that matter, so I was not able to get it to a functioning state. Hopefully, I can do so by next week, though!

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