Category: Event

Workshop recap: How Does HKBU Library Preserve Vintage Documents Using OCR?

Technology has changed our way of researching and our reading habit after the Internet became the popular platform for the release of news and information. The documents and publications from the non-information era are still invaluable for us especially when it comes to referencing and history learning. Yet, these resources are black and white and read all over, which does not fit in today’s mode of information processing. To digitalise these old documents, four students from Baptist University (BU) learned about the technique and usage of software in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) workshop.

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Using OCR machine to preserve information on old documents.

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Recap of Covering Open Space 101 Workshop

Civic Exchange  (思匯政策研究所,“CE” hereafter, a think tank) held a workshop on Covering Open Space 101 Workshop in HKBU on 7 Feb 2018, as a part of the collaboration with HKBU JOUR to conduct a series of investigative reports on open space in Hong Kong. CE’s researcher, Carine Lai and an experienced journalist, Christopher DeWolf, were invited to share their experience and techniques in doing open space research in Hong Kong. After the learning sessions, students tried to use the maps to practice the knowledge learned from the workshop. Here is the recap of the event.

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Recap of SCMP infographic designers’ guest lecture in HKDI

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Marcelo Duhalde showcases his research work behind the infographics. Photo: Zhang Ruirong

The first principle of making infographics is clearness because infographics are created for sharing, said Marcelo Duhalde, an infographic designer from SCMP as well as his colleague Marco Hernandez, invited by Hong Kong Design Institute on Feb 6.

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Call for participants: Working with Civic Exchange, Covering Hong Kong Open Space

Screenshot: Carine Lai’s presentation on “Unopened Space”

Civic Exchange (思匯政策研究所,“CE” hereafter, a think tank) would like to collaborate with HKBU JOUR to make series of investigative reports on the issue of open space in Hong Kong. Basically, CE will share several datasets, and provide guidance on how to harvest other public data and how to interpret it, whereas the student teams will conduct reporting on this theme. Data journalism and data-driven storytelling are potential formats.

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Mario Game Workshop on Feb. 3rd, 2018

Event information

  • Date: February 3rd, 2018 (Saturday)
  • Time: 09:30 – 12:30
  • Venue: FSC901CD, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong [Map]

Mobile games are fun to play and also fun to build. You will experience building a mobile game in this workshop using Corona SDK. Corona SDK is an easy-to-learn Software Development Kit for building cross-platform games.

No programming background required.

Register here: [Mario Game Workshop]

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Workshop recap: Use Arduino to Collect Water Quality Data

1. What is the workshop about?

The Computer Science department and Data & News Society have invited Shan He, a Guangzhou-based civic scientist as well as the project director of Chinese NGO Greenovation Hub, to hold a workshop on harvesting water quality data through simple chemical test kits and DIY water monitoring device for environmental investigation on the 18th of January, 2018. A dozen of mixed students from computer science and journalism background and some interested citizens attended and worked in groups.

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Shan He, a Guangzhou-based data scientist, as well as the project director of Chinese NGO Greenovation Hub and science community Public Lab, held the workshop on DIY water monitoring.

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Workshop | Harvest water quality data for environmental investigation — DIY monitor with Arduino

Data is the key for environmental investigation and monitoring. However it is very hard for ordinary citizens to get access to. Let water quality be example, which is associated closely with our daily life. When serious environmental disasters break out, with limited information disclosure from government, general public can hardly know the truth in time. The motivates us to organise this workshop that enables you to make DIY monitoring devices with open technology.

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Hong Kong Data Journalism Bootcamp 2018

DNNers, Happy new year!

We are pleased to announce a 3 days data journalism bootcamp at the end of January. This is an intensive training to get you onboard this fascinating battle ship in the new media ocean. You will spend a fruitful weekend with 60 students from all Hong Kong higher education institutions. The event adopts a “startup weekend” format and features hands-on experience. Friday evening will see an overview of data journalism and team formation. Teams can work at any time from Friday evening all through Sunday afternoon to finish a data journalism project. Saturday is composed of three structured workshops including data collection/ preprocessing, descriptive statistics and data visualisation. Sunday morning will see some industry practitioners/ community contributors sharing tips/ pointers to further broaden the horizon of participants. Most training sessions are optional and attendees can pickup the preferred skills as needed.

Event overview:

  • Date/Time: Jan 26 (Fri) evening to Jan 28 (Sun) afternoon
  • Venue:
    • Day 1 (Fri): Cheng Yu Tung Building (100m from MTR University Station)
    • Day 2 (Sat)/ Day 3 (Sun): Learning Garden, G/F, University Library, CUHK
  • Audience: Students in Hong Kong higher education institutions
  • Cost: FREE (with HK$ 200 deposit)

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From graphic designer to data visualisation specialist – A sharing from Will Su

Photo: Will Su on KANTAR Information Is Beautiful 2017

We have invited Will SU Jiahao, the winner of Information Is Beautiful Award 2017 to share his experience on data visualisation. As someone who entered the data visualisation industry with zero knowledge in neither programming nor statistics, he will talk about how he transitioned from being a traditional graphic designer to a data visualisation specialist within the span of one year. The process involves picking up programming skills and becoming comfortable with both front-end web development and back-end dev ops. He will also touch on the exciting process of visualising data, as well as some of the common questions and obstacles new comers may face, how to overcome them, and progressively acquaint themselves with the work-flow of a web-based data visualisation storytelling piece.

Event information:

  • Date: Jan 12 (Fri), 2018
  • Time: 11:30am – 12:10pm
  • Venue: Room 1024, Communications and Visual Arts Building, HKBU

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Data News of the Week | e-waste in Hong Kong

Cover photo credit: Monitour Project

We have a special edition for DNW this week dedicated to e-waste in Hong Kong. The notes are derived from a seminar plus brainstorm session with researchers from CUHK, HKBU, PolyU, Lingnan U, activists from Land Justice, Open Data Hong Kong, CODE4HK. This is a quick note from memory, so evidence/ statistics/ figures quoted in this note need further verification before you use them. There are enough pointers for the reader to go back the source and find direct contacts.

The news points to follow

E-waste refers to the abandoned Electric and Electronic Equipments (EEE). With the booming of ICT industry, we are witnessing more and more e-waste these days. Why should you care? Let’s cut through the news points first:

  • 75% e-waste is disappeared, as Green Peace estimates. It collects data of EEE production and calculates expected e-waste according to the lifespans of devices. Comparing this with the e-waste collection data from formal government bodies, we can see a 75% gap, meaning those are lost track
  • 97.7% e-waste in Hong Kong goes to unknown channels (figure in 2009; may change due to new recycling plant; government is trying to increase supervised channels). This may signal a large number of illegal operation, but not necessary all illegal.
  • Hong Kong used to import a large volume of e-wastes given the loophole in the legislations. Those e-wastes went to mainland China for processing. The export to China was disrupted at 2015.
  • Yards/ factories/ workshops that collect, process and dump e-wastes exist in many remote locations in Hong Kong, especially New Territory. Those locations are not easily accessible, protected by “private lands” and “gangs”, as put by Land Justice investigators.
  • Many workers in those yards are illegal immigrants, for example from mainland and South East Asia. They usually work without proper protective measures.

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